Brexit - the rights of UK citizens residing in Denmark

Britain's scheduled withdrawal from the EU on the 31st of December poses questions regarding the rights of UK-citizens currently residing in Denmark and for those wanting to live or work here after Brexit.

I currently have a legal stay in Denmark

If you as a UK citizen established a legal stay in Denmark in accordance with the EU-rules regarding free movement before the 31st of December 2020 you will preserve your legal stay after Brexit. You will be able to stay under the same conditions as you did as an EU-national.

I do not have a legal stay in Denmark
If you did not establish a legal stay before this date you will need to apply as a third-country national in accordance with the Danish immigration law from the 1st of January 2021 and onwards.

However, even though you established a legal stay before the 31st of December 2020 you still need to apply for a new residence status according to the Brexit deal.

The application needs to be handed in to SIRI (the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration) after the 1st of January 2021 and no later than the 31st of December 2021. The application form can be found at New to Denmark.

All UK nationals and their family members will have to apply for new residence status. This also includes UK nationals that have a permanent residence status.

In the application form, you will need to attach documented proof that you have established a legal stay in accordance with the EU-regulations before the 31st of December 2020. Furthermore, you need to attach a copy of a valid passport.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please contact our Immigration department at Advokatkompagniet.


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