The Danish Immigration Service still says that two weeks’ work in another EU
country is enough to allow Danes to bring their foreign spouses to Denmark.
The Service is therefore seriously at odds with its own minister, who has
forced the agency to remove the information from its website.
According to an Immigration Service report to the Ombudsman, the Service
requires only ‘a couple of weeks’ work in another EU country in order for a
Dane to be able to bring a foreign spouse to Denmark.
No definite rule
On the other hand, Integration Minister Birthe
Rønn Hornbech says that there are no guidelines giving a couple of weeks
residence and work in another EU country to allow family reunions.
“We have told them (Ed: the Immigration Service) that that is not the legal
view. We have been saying the same thing all along at the ministry. The
Immigration Service has never said anything about six weeks or ten months,”
the minister said in an interview with TV2 News.
“I have absolutely no responsibility for the fact that people have had to
live abroad for several years – if that’s the case. There has never been a
definitive period,” Birthe Rønn Hornbech told TV2 News.
A couple of weeks
But the Immigration Service lawyers beg to
In its final report to the Ombudsman, the Service determines a very precise
length of time for the length of time that a Dane must have worked in
another EU country in order to be reunited with a non-EU citizen.
“It is therefore normally a condition that there has been employment of at
least a couple of weeks and for a minimum of 10-12 hours each week,” the
Immigration Service says.