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22 Year Rule - Retention

Danish nationals, born Abroad - Retention of Danish citizenship

Retention

As a general rule, Danish nationals born abroad lose their Danish nationality when reaching the age of 22 if they have never lived/resided in Denmark, or stayed in Denmark under circumstances indicating some association with Denmark.

However, retention (if you are between 20 and 22) of Danish nationality may be granted provided certain conditions are fulfilled.

Requirements
If you are between the ages of 20 and 22 you can apply to retain your Danish nationality.

According to the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration (in Danish only), retention may be granted in the following cases:

  • If you have been a resident in Denmark before the age of 22: The Danish authorities generally consider a consecutive stay of minimum 3 months as sufficient to meet this requirement. It is a requirement that you were registered in the Danish Civil Registration System (CPR) during your stay.
  • If you were visiting Denmark before the age of 22: The total of all visits, under circumstances indicating some association with Denmark, must add up to at least one year.

Even if you do not meet the two conditions mentioned above, you may still be granted retention of Danish nationality. The Nationality Division at the Ministry of Immigration and Integration assesses all applications individually. Among other things they will consider:

  • The total duration of your visits to Denmark (is it close to one year)
  • Do your visits indicate some association with Denmark; e.g. are they relatively recent or did they occur many years ago
  • How many times did you visit Denmark
  • Knowledge of the Danish language (the Embassy of Denmark in Pretoria or one of our consulates might be requested to conduct an interview with you in Danish)
  • Association to Denmark through contact with Danish relatives or through Danish associations in South Africa.

Your application must reach the Embassy of Denmark in Pretoria or the Ministry of Immigration and Integration no later than the day before you turn 22.

If you apply after you turn 22, you must apply for proof of Danish nationality.

Step by step - How to apply

Step 1: Complete Application form and Payment of Processing Fee. A completed application form is a requirement for an admissible application.

The processing fee to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration must be paid using the registration number (registreringsnummer) and account number (kontonummer) listed below.

The address of the bank is as follows:

Danske Bank, Statens betalinger
Girostrøget 1
0800 Høje Taastrup

Branch code: 0216,
Account number: 4069205011 

IBAN: DK76 0216 4069 2050 11 
BIC/SWIFT: DABADKKK 

Please note that your CPR-number or full name must be included with the payment as reference.

Note!
The above banking information was current on January 1st 2016. It is highly recommended that you verify this information directly with the authorities in Denmark, as changes may happen without the Embassy being notified.

Step 2: Collect Documents
A document checklist is part of the application form. The form can be found here: http://uim.dk/arbejdsomrader/statsborgerskab/danske-statsborgere/bevarelse-af-dansk-statsborgerskab

For a quick and efficient processing, you must collect all the required documents in the checklist before you submit your application. Failure to submit all the required documents may result in delays or rejection of your file.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that all necessary documents are submitted. It is strongly recommended that you contact the Nationality Division at the Ministry of Immigration and Integration for any updates regarding the submission of correct documents. Failure to submit all the required documents may result in delays or rejection of your application.

Neither the Embassy of Denmark in South Africa nor the Danish consulates in South Africa are responsible for any problems you may incur as a result of insufficient documentation.

Step 3: Submit the Application
You must send the application and documents directly to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration in Denmark at the following address:

Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet
Slotsholmsgade 10
DK-1216 København K
Denmark

Alternatively, you can submit your application through the Danish Embassy or one of the Danish consulates. Please note that if you choose to submit your application this way, there is an additional handling fee payable to the Danish Embassy or the consulate. The fee schedule can be found > here.

The handling fee covers the Embassy or Consulate’s involvement in the following steps:

  • Reception of application form and possible supporting documents. Embassy or consulate signature and date of reception on the application form. Embassy and consulates are not responsible for checking documents.
  • Hand out of receipt.
  • Shipment to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.
  • Reception of the decision from the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.
  • Hand out of the decision to client or shipment to client by courier/registered mail according to agreement and paid for separately by the client.

If additional case processing by the embassy or consulates is required, e.g. if documents are missing or the Ministry of Immigration and Integration has additional questions to the client, an additional hourly fee shall be charged as stated in the fee schedule mentioned above.

If you have questions
Please contact the Nationality Division at the Ministry of Immigration and Integration directly.

Tel.: +45 72 26 87 00. Email: uim@uim.dk.

The phone hours can be found here: http://uim.dk/kontakt.

Read more about Danish citizenship here: http://uim.dk/arbejdsomrader/statsborgerskab

 

Embassy of Denmark

iParioli Office Park, Block B2
1166 Park Street
Hatfield 0083
Pretoria 

Phone +27 (0) 12 430 9340

pryamb@um.dk