Brexit: Brits in Denmark must apply for new residence status on these dates

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Brexit: Brits in Denmark must apply for new residence status on these dates
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British nationals who reside in Denmark under EU free movement rules must submit an application for new residence status and a new residence document in 2021.


The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (Styrelsen for International Rekruttering og Integration, SIRI) has confirmed dates on which British nationals who legally reside in Denmark under EU rules must apply for continuation of their residency status.

Last month, the agency issued notification of steps UK nationals in Denmark must take to maintain their residency after Brexit – including those who already have legal residence in the country.

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Everyone who is legally resident prior to December 31st, 2020 has the right to stay, but must submit an application for a new residence status in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement between UK and the EU. This must be done some time in 2021, SIRI says in a new circular sent this week to UK nationals in Denmark.

Any Britons in Denmark who have dual Danish nationality or dual nationality with an EU or Nordic country or Switzerland are not affected – but everyone else is.


The exact dates at which the applications should be submitted are spread across the year so as to prevent a backlog. You will keep your right to reside in Denmark up to the point you send your application as well as while it is being processed.

These dates have now been confirmed by SIRI in a new circular sent to British residents via the eboks secure digital mail system.

The year of your birth determines when you (and your family members, if they are resident in Denmark due to your status) should submit the application.

Families applying together should do so according to the oldest member’s year of birth.

The list below shows the relevant months for application.

  • January: People born before 1946
  • February: People born in the period 1946-1951
  • March: People born in the period 1952-1958
  • April: People born in the period 1959-1964
  • May: People born in the period 1965-1969
  • June: People born in the period 1970-1972
  • July: People born in the period 1973-1975
  • August: People born in the period 1976-1979
  • September: People born in the period 1980-1984
  • October: People born in the period 1985-1989
  • November: People born in 1990 and later

A new online platform for the applications will be launched on the New to Denmark website. The platform will be launched on January 1st, according to SIRI. 


Cross-border workers from the UK will similarly need to apply to confirm their status in order to continue to work in Denmark and live in the UK or another EU country without a work permit. People applying on this basis can submit their application at any time during 2021.

Do I need to submit anything I might not already have?

Yes, unfortunately you do. In addition to the regular types of documentation you would have had to provide with an EU free movement application, you will also need to submit biometric data for the residence card.


That means you will need to get your biometric data recorded at one of SIRI's five branch offices, located in Copenhagen, Odense, Aalborg, Aarhus, and Aabenraa.

More information will be provided about this documentation, as well as the procedure for submitting biometrics, on the forthcoming application platform, according to SIRI.

The agency states that it is “very important” that the application schedule is complied with.



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