Residence and/or work permit must be obtained before entering Denmark.
If you have close relatives in Denmark, you can apply for a residence permit on the grounds of family reunification.
Provided that certain conditions are met, family reunification can be granted to:
Spouses, registered partners and cohabiting partners
Children under the age of 15
If you are granted a residence permit, it will be a temporary one. You can apply for an extension of your residence permit, and after a certain period of time, you can apply for a permanent residence permit. You must still meet the conditions for your original residence permit.
Normally, a residence permit as a family reunified person gives you the right to work in Denmark.
Please note that special rules apply to EU/EEA citizens and Swiss citizens residing in Denmark under the EU regulations on free movement. Read more under EU and Nordic Citizens.
Also note that special rules apply if the person residing in Denmark (the spouse/partner or the parent) is a student.
Furthermore, special rules apply to Danish citizens who are applying for family reunification under the EU regulations on free movement. Read more about family reunification for Danish citizens under EU law.
Where to apply:
All applications will be handled by the Danish Consulate General in New York. Applicants can submit and have their biometrics recorded at these locations.
What to submit:
Checklist for family reunification for spouses
Application packet FA1
Checklist for family reunification for children
Application packet FA6
Application packet FA7
Checklist for family reunification with other family members
Application packet SG1
ALL APPLICATIONS FOR FAMILY REUNIFICATION ARE PROCESSED BY THE IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES IN DENMARK. APPLICANTS FOR FAMILY REUNIFICATION SHOULD ALLOW APPR. 3-7 MONTHS FOR PROCESSING.
The Consulate General advises against making any final travel arrangements, particularly purchase of non-refundable air tickets for a specific date, prior to approval of your application.
To download the forms your computer must have Acrobat Reader installed. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded here.
For further information please visit the web-site of the Danish Immigration Service http://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-us/.