You want to bring your spouse or children to Denmark for the long term? The way is through the Denmark family visa, allowing legal entrance for relatives and family members. You just need to know the rules and eligibility principles.

This article explains all you should know about a family visa, its requirements, and the application process.

Denmark family visa requirements

A Denmark family visa or Danish family reunion visa permits the foreign residents inside the country to bring their relatives to Denmark. A few relatives can apply for it and move to Denmark.

There is a strict eligibility principle with the visa, and not everyone is allowed to apply.

Do you need to apply for a Denmark family visa?

A Denmark family visa permits you to join your relative in the country. There are different situations for a family visa, and each has its own requirements.

Spouse/partner of a refugee in Denmark

You can join your spouse or law partner in Denmark if they have received a residence permit under refugee status.

The refugee needs to be under the Aliens Act section 7 (3), and their residence is legal. Also, the residency needs to be extended beyond the initial two-year period.

If your spouse/partner has been granted a Danish residence permit as a refugee, you may also qualify for a residence permit under the rules for family reunification.

The partners need to provide proof of relationship or a marriage certificate. Also, provide the documents that the two couples have lived together for some time.

Spouse or partner

You can join your spouse or law partner residing in Denmark if you meet the requirements.

The couple needs to be married officially and provide the documents. If not, they must be cohabiting partners. A voluntary relationship between the couple is also necessary. If you get married just to get residency is illegal. The minimum required age of the couple is 24. There are 5 integration requirements that the couple needs to meet:

  • work experience
  • language skills
  • education

Meeting three of the factors out of five is enough. Both of the partners need to meet the four integration requirements.

Taking part in language learning courses is a must. The couple needs to declare that they will participate in such language classes to integrate into the Danish language and lifestyle of the country.

Child of refuge in Denmark

Children who are 15 and younger can join their parents who are refugees in Denmark. A 15-18 child can qualify to join their parents in special cases.

The eligibility principles are as follows;

  • Being under 15 years of age
  • Living with parents in Denmark after granting a residence permit.
  • Being single and not having a family of your own
  • Apply after three months your parents will receive a residence permit.
  • Joining your parents must be in your interests; a child disqualifies if:
    • Abuse risk
    • Removal from home after moving to Denmark
    • Having social problem


  • Needs to be 15 and younger.
  • Must live with parents
  • Being single and not having a family
  • Joining parents must be in your best interest; you disqualify if:
    • Abuse risk
    • Removal from home after moving to Denmark
    • Having social problem
  • Must apply after 3 months parents have received a residence permit

Adopted child of a refuge

  • Children under 18 can apply.
  • The refuge needs to be a Danish resident, not your custody parent
  • Foster relationship needs to be approved.
  • Foster parent’s residency in Denmark needs to be legal
  • Parents can support the family and the child
  • Financial support of the child from parents

Dependent Children

Dependent child under 18 may join their parents in Denmark under the following conditions:

  • Be single and not have a family of your own.
  • Must be living with your parents in Denmark
  • It’s three months after the parents have received residency
  • Parents’ residency is legal
  • There is a clean record for the parents and no child abuse.

Other family members

The other family members, such as siblings, can receive a residence permit but in rare special cases. Both the person living in Denmark and the relative living abroad need to meet certain conditions, and they are a bit complicated.

Denmark family visa requirements

The list of supporting documents is different for each family member. But a general list is as follows:

  • Passport+copy of all pages.
  • Marriage certificate
  • Living together documents for spouse and law partners.
  • Danish language proficiency test of the applicant
  • Accommodation proof
  • Education certificate
  • Job background and certificates
  • Paid application fee
  • Birth certificates of children
  • Adoption certificate of children
  • Danish citizen’s residence permit
  • Integration skills documents:
    • Language
    • Work
    • Education

Denmark family visa application process

The application process for a Denmark family visa could be a bit different on your conditions. Different people can apply for a family visa to join their relatives, chid, spouses, and siblings. The process could be different by your nationality as well and go through another step.

However, a general way to apply for a Family visa is as follows:

Step 1. Determine if you are eligible or not

Danish officials are strict with the visa rules, and it is with the whole EU and Schengen Area. So before you take a step, determine if you are eligible for the family visa or not.

The list of eligibility principles is pretty long. There are also exceptions and related rules with it that you need to know.

Knowledge is power implied in this step, and you would better gather as much information as you can.

Step 2. Create a Case Order

Visit the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) website. Create a Case Order by inserting your personal information:

  • Name
  • Surname
  • Passport number
  • Email

When you enter the website, there are different programs. Choose the one that suits you, as explained in the eligibility section above.

The information you put on the website must be compatible with your documents. So be careful what you enter in the blanks.

Then you need to pay the fee. This fee is different from the one you pay in another step for visa processing. In the end, you will receive your Case Order number, which you need in the application process.

Step 3. Collect the required documents

There is a list of required supporting documents for the Denmark family visa. They prove that you are eligible to join your relative in the country and honest with your application.

Be careful in this stage and prepare the documents according to the instructions.

Also, the embassy could require further documents. You shouldn’t get surprised but be prepared to submit whatever they require.

Step 4. Complete the application form

There are two application forms you can complete; online and paper. You need to complete the online application from the SIRI website again. You must put the required information and submit your documents’ scanned or digital versions. So you need to prepare them in advance and be ready for it.

There is also the paper application. You can download it from the below and print, date, and sign it after completing.

Denmark family visa paper application form word format 

Denmark family visa paper application PDF format 

When you complete the paper application form, you need to submit it to the Danish embassy or a visa center in your home country.

Step 5. Submit the requirements and the biometrics

At this stage, you should schedule a visa meeting with the Danish embassy or the visa center responsible for visa processing in your home country.

You need to find out which center and where is responsible for accepting the application and biometrics.

Remember that you automatically submit the documents to them when you complete the online application. So you just need to submit your biometrics to the embassy, although you might have to submit the paper format of some documents.

The applicant needs to submit the documents in person. If a child is an applicant, they need to visit the embassy in person as well.

Can I submit the requirements in Denmark?

Yes. If you are in Denmark under a valid visa or residence permit or don’t need a visa, you can submit the documents to the officials. In addition, it’s possible to submit the documents in person to the Immigration Service’s Citizen Service or post them.

Step 6. Wait for processing

It takes about seven months for your application to get processed. After that, the authorities inform you through your email or SMS about the status of the application. Once it’s approved and ready, you can move to Denmark.

You need to visit the local municipality or immigration office to register your address when you enter the country. Then you will receive a Danish CPR number (personal registration number) which you need to continue living legally in Denmark.

How long can you live in Denmark? The duration of the first residency is two years, but you can extend it as long as you are eligible and meet the requirements.

Denmark family visa processing time

According to SIRI, you need to wait at most seven months for your application to get processed.

The expected maximum processing time is 7 months.

How long can you stay?

You can stay in Denmark under a family visa for two years. The initial residency permit is two years. Bit applicants can always extend it if they meet the requirements.

Can you work in Denmark?

Yes. As soon as you receive the permit, you have permission to work in Denmark. You can work as an ordinary Danish national. In addition, you have the authorization to establish your own business.

Let’s sum up…

Non-EU residents living in Denmark can bring their family members to the country through a Denmark family visa. It allows long-term legal residency with working or studying. You just need to meet the conditions.

This article introduced you to whatever you need to know about a Danish family visa.

If you have any questions, write them down in the comment section. The Visa Library team will respond to them right away.

Visit the left sidebar to learn about other types of Denmark visas.

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