Denmark: Permits for family members delayed because of heavy workload

What is the change? Due to a heavy workload, authorities in Denmark are taking longer than usual to process residence and work permits for accompanying family members.


What does the change mean? Families should take note of the change when scheduling travel dates. While permits for accompanying family members are taking about 60 days, processing of permit applications for principal applicants is taking the standard 30 days.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Residence and work permits for family members.
  • Who is affected: Families planning to relocate to Denmark.
  • Impact on processing times: Family member permits are usually processed simultaneously with the principal applicant’s permit application but are now taking about 30 days longer to process than permits for the principal applicant.

BAL Analysis: Accompanying family members who do not yet have a permit can travel to Denmark and pick it up in-country when it is ready. Visa-waived nationals may remain in Denmark for up to 90 days in a 180-day period without a permit, while visa-required nationals must comply with the terms of their Schengen visa.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network partner in Denmark. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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