Minister to UK Nationals in Denmark: Last chance to apply for a new residency document


In the spring 2023, the government made it possible for UK Nationals to apply for continued right of residence in Denmark, even though they did not apply in time. The deadline expires at the end of 2023.

When the UK left the EU, the UK Nationals in Denmark were given the opportunity to apply for continued right of residence in Denmark after the Withdrawal Agreement. However, everyone did not apply before the deadline, which expired on December 31st, 2021.

Hence, in the spring 2023 the government decided to extend the application deadline to December 31st, 2023 to give British citizens in Denmark, who applied after the deadline and therefore did not have their application processed, or who did not submit an application, another chance to submit a timely application.

The Minister of Immigration and Integration, Kaare Dybvad Bek, states the following:
“Many British people live in Denmark as a natural part of our society. They greatly contribute to the labour market and to the Danish community. I hope they will continue to do that. Therefore, I am satisfied that  the deadline has been extended, so that persons who did not apply initially, have been given a new chance. But you need to remember to apply. Therefore, I would like to encourage all the UK Nationals in Denmark to apply, so they can continue their lives in Denmark.”

The British Ambassador in Denmark, Emma Hopkins, states the following:
“It is very important that affected UK Nationals take action now to protect their rights to continue to live in Denmark. I urge people to check with British friends, neighbours, and colleagues and make sure they have applied by the end of the year if they have not done so already. Time is of the essence, and if you are unsure, please contact the embassy or the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).”

Persons who have had their application processed and who have received a negative decision, because they did not live up to the requirements of the Withdrawal Agreement, will not have the opportunity to have their application processed again, since this would not be in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement. Nor is the extended deadline of any relevance for the persons who have already been given a residence document according to the Withdrawal Agreement.

British citizens, who took up residence in Denmark after December 31st 2020, are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and must apply for residence permit according to the rules of the Aliens Act.

You can read more about the application process at New in Denmark.