How to apply Family Reunification
|How to apply Family Reunification |
How to apply
Foreign nationals who wish to be reunified with their family members in Denmark must apply for a residence permit. This page contains information about how to do so.
Where to submit your application
Normally, you must have obtained a residence permit before entering Denmark. You can submit your application in your country of origin or in the country where you have resided permanently for the past three months. In some cases, you may be allowed to submit your application in Denmark, but this depends on your grounds for being in the country.
If you already hold another type of residence permit in Denmark, if you have a valid visa, or if you are not required to have a vise, you can usually submit an application for a residence permit in Denmark.
However, people with procedural residence, that is, those with the right to reside in Denmark even though they have not been granted a residence permit, such as asylum seekers, cannot submit an application for a residence permit.
Furthermore, there may be special situations where you will be allowed to submit your application in Denmark, even if you are residing in the country illegally. The Immigration Service will decide in each case whether to allow an application.
If you submit your application in your country of origin
If you apply in your country of origin, you must submit your application at the Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general). You can download the application form here or obtain it from the diplomatic mission. When you have completed and submitted the application form, the diplomatic mission will forward it to the Danish Immigration Service, where it will be processed.
If you have resided permanently in another country for the past three months, you can also submit your application at the Danish diplomatic mission in that country.
If there is no Danish diplomatic mission in your country of origin (or the country where you have resided permanently for the past three months), the Immigration Service may allow you to submit your application in another country. You can find additional information about Danish diplomatic missions abroad on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If you submit your application in Denmark
Normally, you must have obtained a residence permit before entering Denmark. If you submit your application after entering the country, the Immigration Service may refuse your application. This means that you will have to return to your country of origin or residence and submit a new application to the Danish diplomatic mission there.
In some cases, you may submit your application in Denmark. If the Immigration Service accepts your application for processing, you may stay in the country during the processing. If the Immigration Service refuses your application, you can appeal the decision to the Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs.
Please note that despite the 24-year requirement, couples where both parties are at least 23 years and six months can submit an application for family reunification for spouses. Their application will be processed in order to clarify if they are eligible for family reunification once they meet the 24-year requirement.
Where to submit your application in Denmark
You can download the application form here or obtain it at the Service Centre. If you live in the Greater Copenhagen area, you should submit the application at the Service Centre. If you live elsewhere you can also acquire the form and submit your application at your local police station.
What documentation must you include?
It is vital to the processing of your application that you include the correct documents.
The application packet contains a thorough description of how to apply as well as a list of the documents you need to submit together with your application.
Processing your application
When the Immigration Service has received your application for a residence permit, it will evaluate it along with the enclosed documentation. In addition, the Immigration Service will check to find out if you have been reported to the Schengen Information System (SIS).
If the Immigration Service receives information that does not correspond with the information you provided, you will normally be asked to explain discrepancies before the Immigration Service rules in the case.
Once the Immigration Service has received all necessary information relating to your application, it will rule in the case.
How do you receive the ruling?
If you submit your application from your country of origin (or other country of residence), the Immigration Service will send the ruling to the diplomatic mission where you submitted your application. The diplomatic mission will then forward it to your home address, or request that you pick it up in person.
If you submit your application in Denmark, the Immigration Service will send the ruling to your address in Denmark, or to your attorney. The Immigration Service may also request that you pick it up in person at the Service Centre, or it may send it to the police, who will then forward it to your home address. If the Immigration Service has decided to reject your application, it will ask you to leave Denmark before a specified date. In this case, you will be informed of your avenues to appeal the ruling.
If you are a citizen of one of the new EU countries included in the transitional plan (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) you may submit your application in your country of origin, enter Denmark, and ask the Immigration Service to send the ruling to an address in Denmark, to the local police, or you can pick it up in person at the Service Centre.
Last update: 7/16/2007
|Create Date : 31 สิงหาคม 2550
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