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Accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane

If you are a family member to an expatriate Dane (a Danish citizen, who has established him- or herself abroad), who wishes to return to Denmark in order to work, you can in certain instances be granted a residence permit.

A residence permit can be granted to the expatriate Dane’s spouse or cohabitant partner as well as your children under the age of 18. To be regarded as cohabiting partners, you must normally have lived together for a period of at least 18-24 months.

In extraordinary cases, it is possible to for your child over the age of 18, who is living with you, or for your parents, to be granted a residence permit.

Your accompanying family member does not need to apply for a work permit, as the residence permit includes the right to work or study during the stay in Denmark.

Applications can be submitted under the scheme until 1 July 2018

Conditions


It is a condition that the expatriate Dane has established him- or herself abroad and has signed a job contract or has been offered a job in Denmark which could be the basis for a residence permit granted to a foreign national under the Pay Limit scheme or the Positive List.

In addition, it is a condition that the family lives together at the same address in Denmark. Furthermore, the expatriate Dane must be able to support his or her family financially during the stay in Denmark. Consequently, the family may not receive public assistance under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act (social benefits).

Please note that certain conditions apply to accompanying family members of expatriate Danes already established in Denmark, who have received a refusal for family reunification with reference to the attachment requirement. Read more about this under ”Transitional scheme” below.

Residence permit for children over 18 and parents

In extraordinary cases and after an individual assessment, it is possible for a child over the age of 18 or for parents to be granted a residence permit. This may be the case when two or more of the following situations apply:

  • The expatriate Dane have always supported the family member financially and always lived together with him or her
  • The family member is deemed especially dependant of the expatriate Dane because of a handicap, old age, or similar
  • There is no other family in the family members home country
  • The family member has previously accompanied the expatriate Dane when stationed abroad

Documentation

An application for a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane must include the following:

  • Marriage certificate (for spouses or registered partners)
  • Documentation of cohabitation such as lease contracts, insurance policies, joint payments or similar, with both your and your partner's names on (only for cohabiting partners)
  • Birth certificate (for children under 18)
  • Proof of consent from the other parent. Only in cases of joint custody where the child’s other parent will not reside in Denmark (for children under 18).
  • Copy of the the expatriate Dane’s employment contract in Denmark signed by the employer and the expatriate Dane
  • Documentation of the expatriate Dane’s education relevant to the job offered in Denmark
  • Copy of all pages of the family member’s passport, including the cover (if the application is submitted in Denmark, only pages containing information, including the cover and any pages containing visas or stamps are required)

Duration

Accompanying family members to an expatriate Dane can be granted a residence permit for 4 years. If the expatriate Dane has been offered temporary employment with a duration of less than 4 years, the accompanying family member’s residence permit will have the same duration as the employment contract plus six months (but no longer than four years in total).

Note that it is a requirement that your passport is valid for at least three months beyond the duration of the residence permit you apply for.

Please note: Even infants, including children born in Denmark, must hold a valid passport.

If the expatriate Dane loses his or her job


If the expatriate Dane loses his  or her job through no fault of his or her own, the accompanying family member can apply for an additional six months' residence permit from the date of termination. An application for this must be submitted directly after the termination. Documentation which explains why the expatriate Dane lost his or her job must be attached.

If the expatriate Dane finds a new job


If the expatriate Dane finds a new job, the accompanying family member must inform the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). It must then be assessed whether the expatriate Dane’s new job could be the basis for a residence permit granted to a foreign national under the Pay Limit scheme or the Positive List. If this is the case, the accompanying family member will keep his or her original residence permit.

Transitional scheme


If you are the spouse or cohabitant partner of an expatriate Dane and have received a refusal for family reunification, you can in some instances apply for a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane regardless that the expatriate Dane is no longer residing abroad. This also applies to the couples minor children.

Conditions

  • The expatriate Dane has settled in Denmark after residing abroad
  • The spouse of the expatriate Dane has applied for family reunification before 25 May 2017
  • The spouse of the expatriate Dane has received a refusal for family reunification with reference to the attachment requirement.

Applying under the transitional scheme


If the refusal for family reunification is dated before 25 May 2017, the application for a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane must be submitted no later than 25 July 2017.

If the refusal for family reunification is dated after 25 May 2017, the application for a residence permit as an accompanying family member to an expatriate Dane must be submitted no later than 2 months after the refusal for family reunification.

Application


Read more about how to apply for a residence permit for accompanying family members to an expatriate Dane



Last update: 5/24/2017
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