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Family reunification

Residence and/or work permit must be obtained before entering Denmark.

If you have immediate family members 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.

Detailed information on how and where to hand in your application can be found on the VFS website:

What to submit:

Checklist for family reunification for spouses
Application packet FA1

Checklist for family reunification for children
Application packet FA6 and FA7

Checklist for family reunification with other family members
Application packet SG1

Standard processing times for residence permit applications, including family reunification:

Case Processing times for The Danish Immigration Service can be found here

 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