Denmark - Family Reunification

Hello! I am an American citizen married to a Danish resident in the USA. We have two children with dual Danish and American citizenship. My husband has been in the US for close to 30 years.

We are planning to move to Denmark very soon, which I know requires my applying for family reunification as his spouse. My question is, is there a benefit to applying from the US versus applying in Denmark once we get there?

I've read that the attachment requirements are changing and I want to make sure we have the best chance of approval.

Many thanks for any insight!

As far as I know, the old requirements are still valid, but new ones are on the way which should make it easier for you.

I have found this … 79832.aspx

I am a little in doubt regarding this link as it seems to be a private (mercantile?) association, but maybe you can get some good and free advice from them.

I myself would always ask the authority itself when it comes to question of a certain importance to be sure I get a correct and valid advice so I'll recommend you to do so.


Hi Christa, I would recommend applying while in the US since you do not want to move there and then be denied family reunification.  The rules are very strict right now unless your husband has been offered a job in DK making over 408,000 KR or so.

You likely do not meet the attachment requirements that are in place for family reunification as they are now.  These will hopefully change in the near future as you have already heard.

I am in the same boat as you.  I am a Danish citizen living in the US with an American wife and 2 dual citizen children.  We are also looking at moving back to Denmark in the near future.

I have researched this topic extensively.  Feel free to reach out to me.

Thank you for the links, Nellie. I appreciate your help!

I wonder when the new proposed rules for family reunification might be implemented. Are you hearing anything about the changes in Denmark?

Christa :)

Until now, the parliament hasn't introduced this bill, but it seems that the parties agree on changes which will make it easier for native Danes to return with their families why it'll just be a matter of time.

At that time, you'll find the bill here: … cords=#dok


New rules by February 8: … mmenforing

Expat Danes are equal to herboende (residents) in the text.

Thank you Nellie! I have forwarded the link to my husband to read. I hope this is good news for us (?).

I can't thank you enough for your help in keeping us informed about rules affecting our hopeful move to Denmark. You are the best!

Christa  :)

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