Expat Danes often experience that the process of applying for retention of the Danish citizenship is humiliating, overly bureaucratic, and pointless in view of its purpose and the underlying legislation. Children born to Danish parents outside the EU are in particular subjected to onerous demands for documentation that do not accommodate the realities of obtaining the documentation and do not consider the related cost.
In some cases, documentation pertaining to the citizenship of great-grandparents is requested. Officials processing applications have been known to demand documentation from the late 1800’s. In addition, processing times of 12-16 months have been sharply criticized by the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman.
Our view on retention of Danish Citizenship
It is our view that applications to retain the Danish citizenship should be processed by the State Administration and not by the Ministry of Immigration and Integration because the applications are made by Danes, not by foreigners.
It is possible to streamline the cumbersome process of securing retention of the Danish citizenship by reducing the processing time and eliminating unnecessary paperwork, especially now that dual citizenship is permitted in Denmark. One key solution is to simplify the process by relying on a solemn declaration rather than on a documented application.
- A Danish child born outside Denmark to a Danish mother (or mother and father) should be able to retain the Danish citizenship through a solemn declaration accompanied by his or her birth certificate plus the mother’s passport.
- A Danish child born outside Denmark to a Danish father should be able to retain the Danish citizenship through a solemn declaration accompanied by his or her birth certificate plus the parents’ marriage certificate.
- The vague language in the Danish nationality law as to “circumstances indicating a connection to Denmark” should be eliminated.
- Danes born outside Denmark should be able to retain the Danish citizenship via a solemn declaration processed by the State Administration (as one possibility).
Members are invited to be in touch with legal advisor Karoline Blyt to make inquiries regarding retention of Danish Citizenship or our other political key issues:
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