Prince Henrik of Denmark, the Queen’s husband died died last February 13 just a few minutes before midnight in their Winter palace in Fredensborg. Friday, the 16th of February I went to the Amalienborg Castle to see the bed of flowers.
I met a lot of Filipinos in Denmark who has lived in this country for more than 30 years but they did not change their citizenship. They refused to give up or renounce their Filipino citizenship because of many reasons. One couple who are active in the church told me that they cannot afford to lie because they are always still Filipinos. Having a foreign passport will be a disadvantage to former Filipinos who plans to own properties in the Philippines. According to the provisions of the Philippine Republic Act 8179 only 1000 square meters of urban land or 1 hectares of rural land are allowed.
Finally foreign nationals can acquire Danish citizenship without renouncing their citizenship effective September 1, 2015. It also allows former Danish citizens who lost to reacquire their citizenship. Please read the following link for more details on multiple nationality.
This month the Danish Parliament has ratified the immigration rules concerning Family Reunification in Denmark. For the last 10 years the former goverment which is supported by right wing party has tightened the the immigration rules specially when they introduce the point system which they prioritize highly educated foreigners and those who speak the world Language for example English, German etc. by giving the highest points. Danish citizen who found love outside Denmark and the EU land were having a hard time getting their partner to join them i Denmark unless they will pass the exam and get enough points.
The present goverment which is lead by Social Democrats made some changes such as elimation of the processing fee, the point system, immigration and reduction of the cash bond from 100,000 dk to 50,000dkk and following are he new rules.
**New rules for family reunification
Parliament has ratified a new law concerning family reunification in Denmark.
These new rules will go into effect on 15 May 2012.
- Among the changes are:
- The fee to apply for family reunification – including applications for extensions, permanent residence, reopening applications and appealing rejections – will be eliminated.
- The point system, which required applicants to acquire 120 or 60 points, used in family reunification cases will be eliminated. The minimum age requirement will also revert back to earlier rules so that both spouses involved in family reunification must again normally be at least 24, as it was prior to the law changes of 1 July 2011.
- The connection requirement will also revert back to the stipulations in place before 1 July 2011. This means that the combined affiliation to Denmark of both spouses must be greater, but not much greater, to Denmark than their affiliation to another country.
- The connection requirement will not apply if the spouse living in Denmark has been a Danish citizen for longer than 26 years or if the spouse living in Denmark is a foreign national who was born in Denmark or came to Denmark as a child and has remained in Denmark legally for 26 years. Previously the requirement was 28 years.
- The immigration test will be eliminated and instead a Danish language test will be implemented. The applicant will be required to pass the test no later than six months after being granted family reunification.
- The collateral requirement will be reduced from 100,000 kroner to 50,000 kroner.
From 15 May detailed information about family reunification rules on the Immigration Service’s website www.newtodenmark.dk and here you will also find revised application forms containing relevant guidance.
Applications for family reunification submitted before 15 May 2012, can be processed according to the new family reunification rules, if the applicant informs the Immigration Service of this. Fees paid in connection with the application will however not be refunded.
With the ratification of these changes, applications for family reunification submitted after 15 May 2012, will normally be subject to the following requirements:
- For both partners:
- Marriages must be legitimate according to Danish law.
- Cohabitating partners must have been in a relationship and lived together for an extended period of time – normally you must be able to document a minimum of 18 months cohabitation at shared address.
- Both parties must have entered into the marriage or partnership of their own free will.
- The marriage or relation must not have been established for the sole purpose of gaining residence.
- For the foreign spouse:
- You must be at least 24.
- You must fulfill your part of the connection requirements
- You must pass a Danish language test no later than six months after being granted a residence permit.
- Requirements for the spouse already living in Denmark:
- You must be at least 24.
- You may not have been convicted of certain crimes against domestic violence offences within the last 10 years.
- You must assume the responsibility of financially supporting your partner
- If you are a foreign national and do not have residence according to Sections 7 and 8 of the Immigration Act (refugees), you must have been a permanent resident for at least three years.
- If you are a foreign national, you must meet some of the requirements for permanent residence.
- You must fulfill your part of the connection requirements.
- You must be able to support yourself financially, which means that you may not have received certain types of public benefits within the past three years.
- You must have adequately sized accommodations at your disposal.
- You must provide 50,000 kroner in collateral to cover the cost of providing certain types of public assistance for your spouse, should it be necessary.
There’s has been a lot of changes in the foreign law in Denmark. For the past 10 years foreigners are the always caught in the negotiations whenever the present government wanted to pass their programs the right-wing party Danish Peoples Party always try their best to pass strict rules for foreigners to come to Denmark either refugees or by family reunions. Last year when they introduce the point system where the foreign partner should get certain points according to his/her education, language skills, work experience etc.. it was perceived by the Danish citizens as the state dictates who their citizen wanted to marry and discriminates against people who are not highly educated, doesn’t speak English, Scandinavian language etc. in high level. They even processing fess when submitting applications for residence and working permits. The foreign partner also have to pass the Danish immigration test wherein they have to pay just to get the exam and they also have to pay when the foreign partner has to prepare for the exam by going to language school inside or outside Denmark. Finding a foreign partner makes it more difficult and expensive.
I will repost the requirements her and for Filipinos who are asking me if they can come to Denmark via family reunion please read this new rules.
New family reunification rules
On 1 June 2011, the Danish Parliament changed the rules for
family reunification for spouses/partners.
In the course of June 2011, detailed information about the rules for family reunification for spouses/partners will be published in the Danish Immigration website www.newtodenmark.dk, along with new application forms.
The new rules apply to all applications for family reunification with a spouse/partner submitted from 1 July 2011.
The changes are as follows:
If the spouse/partner residing in Denmark is a foreign national,he/she must meet some of the requirements which are to be met when applying for a permanent residence permit. These requirements must also be met if the spouse/partner residing in Denmark has been granted a permanent residence permit under the rules which applied before 26 March 2010. Consequently, when the Danish Immigration Service receives an application for family reunification with a spouse/partner, it will assess whether the spouse/partner residing in Denmark can be given points for the following criteria:
- having resided legally in Denmark for at least the past four years
- not having committed any serious crimes
- not having any overdue public debts
- not having received certain types of public assistance for the past three years
- having submitted a signed declaration about integration and active citizenship in Danish society
- having passed Prøve i Dansk 2 (Danish exam, level 2) or the equivalent
- having had ordinary full-time employment in Denmark for at least 2½ out of the past 3 years
- having had ordinary full-time employment in Denmark for at least 4 out of the past 4½ years, or
- having completed a higher educational programme, professional bachelor’s degree, business academy or vocational upper secondary, or
- having passed Prøve i Dansk 3 (Danish exam, level 3) or the equivalent
- A point system for the applicant will be introduced. If both spouses/partners are over 24, the applicant must normally obtain 60
points. If one or both spouses/partners are under 24, the applicant must normally obtain 120 points. These points will be granted based on a number of qualifications relevant to integration, such as work experience, language skills and completed education.
- The attachment requirement is tightened so that the spouses’/partners’ combined attachment to Denmark must be considerably greater than their combined attachment to any other country. The attachment requirement will be changed for both the spouse/partner residing in Denmark and the foreign spouse/partner. In future, the foreign spouse/partner must normally have visited Denmark twice, and must have completed a Danish language course on A1 level. The spouse/partner residing in Denmark must normally have resided in Denmark for at least 15 years, and must have made an effort to integrate into Danish society. As is the case today, the attachment requirement in not to be met if the spouse/partner residing in Denmark has held Danish citizenship for over 28 years, or if he/she was born and raised in Denmark or came to Denmark as a small child, and has resided legally in Denmark for over
- The collateral requirement will be raised to DKK 100,000 (2011 level)
- The language requirement in connection with the immigration test will be tightened, and the fee for taking the new test will be raised to DKK 3,600. (This change will not apply until the new immigration test has been developed – probably around 1 January 2012.)
- The fee for submitting an application for family reunification with a spouse/partner is raised from DKK 5,975 toDKK 7,775 .
From 1 July 2011, when the new rules apply, the general requirements for family reunification with a spouse/partner will be as follows:
Requirements relating to both spouses/partners:
- The marriage/registered partnership must be recognized by Danish law.
- In the case of couples who are not legally married or registered partners, the relationship must be of a permanent and lasting nature -normally, the couple must be able to document that they have lived together for at least 18 months at a shared address.
- The marriage/partnership must have been entered into according to the wishes of both spouses/partners.
- The marriage/partnership must not have been entered into solely for the purpose of obtaining a residence permit for the applicant.
Requirements relating to the foreign spouse/partner:
- The foreign spouse/partner must meet his/her part of the attachment requirement.
- The foreign spouse/partner must obtain 60 points if both spouses/partners are over 24, or 120 if one or both are under 24.
- The foreign spouse/partner must pass the immigration test.
Requirements relating to the spouse/partner residing in Denmark:
- The spouse/partner must not have been convicted of violent acts against a former spouse/partner in the past 10 years.
- The spouse/partner must agree to support the foreign spouse/partner
- The spouse/partner must either hold a Danish residence permit granted on the grounds of asylum or Protected Status (the Danish Aliens Act,section 7 and 8) or have held a permanent Danish residence permit for the past three years or more.
- If the spouse is a foreign citizen, he/she must meet a number of the requirements for obtaining a permanent residence permit.
- The spouse/partner must meet his/her part of the attachment requirement.
- The spouse/partner must be able to support him/herself – that is, he/she must not have received public assistance under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act or the Integration Act for the past three years.
- The spouse/partner must have accommodation of adequate size at his/her disposal.
- The spouse/partner must post DKK 100,00 (2011 level) in bank-backed collateral to cover any public assistance paid to the foreign spouse/partner under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act or the Integration Act. As is the case now, there will be a possibility in certain cases.
Today will mark the official christmas season in Amager Sundby ( area which is still part of the Copenhagen kommune) when the lighting of the Christmas decorations along Amagerbrogade, a major thoroughfare in Amager. This was a tradition was started by the Amager’s Trade associations, which is composed of different business in the island 41 years ago. This parade will start at Sunbyvestersplads and will end up in Christians Møller plads. It will start at 16.00
Here’s a peak of the Christmas Parade last year I took the video from my digital camera and you can guess what’s represents christmas for the Danes, JULEMAND or Father Christmas or Santa Claus. Ever since I came to Denmark up to this day it’s almost the same people, cars, mascots etc. who join the parade but the joy of watching them marching against the cold sometimes wet and for sure this year is snow is amazing just to give the message that christmas is here.
I received my son’s allowance or child check today but officially they call it Family Allowance. All families in Denmark with children who fulfills the requirements receives, a Child Check every quarter and it’s tax-free. Beyond this benefit, it is also possible to get other grants, for example. if you are a single parent, student or Retired parents.
Taxes are very high in Europe especially in Denmark but health care and Child Supports are well in place unlike the third world countries. That’s a good thing living in Europe that there is a child support for example in Spain once you give birth you will get 2,500 euros and 100 euro per month until they reach 3 years old. In Denmark you are entitled to receive Family Allowance from birth until before child’s 18th birthday.
The Family Allowance is for all families with children and adolescents under 18 years. The allowance is paid automatically to the child’smother’s NEMKonto Easy Account. NEM Konto Easy Account is an ordinary bank account which you designate to be your Nemkonto Easy Account. This is where all public payments are transferred. If there is any arrangement of who will receive the family benefits check with your municipality. Otherwise, the mother automatically have the amount paid quarterly after childbirth.
What are the requirement to receive family allowance?
- The person who has custody must be fully taxable in Denmark. It usually requires that you live in Denmark.
- The child must reside in Denmark. The family allowance may be paid even if the child resides briefly in another country for purposes such as holidays or family visits, or if the child is staying temporarily in another country as part of his training. School Absenteeism shall be lawful for mandatory school children entitled to child benefit.
- The child must not be under the custody of the social service or have married.
- The municipality must not have reached a decision for a non-compliance with parental instruction. A parental notice may for example assume that parents must ensure that the child comes to school every day. The order given for a quarter at a time.
The payment schedule for the Family Benefits:
- 20 January,
- 20 April
- 20 July
- 20 October.
Rates for the year 2010
|Age Range||Allowance per quarter|
|Children from 0 – 2 years||4,247 dkk|
|Children from 3 – 6 years||3,362 dkk|
|Children from 7 -17||2 ,645 dkk|
***New rules from 2011***
The 7-17 year olds divided into two groups where the 7-14 year-old will be paid a Child Allowance and the 15-17 year olds will be paid a Youth Allowance.
Children and adolescents benefit will be reduced during 2011, 2012 and 2013 in increments of 5 per cent. They also set a ceiling of 35,000 dkk for the total Child benefits that’s inlcudes other Supplementary Child Benefits. They also certain rules for both parents and Youth with regards to following the Child educational plan.
Supplementary Child Allowances
Aside from the Family Allowance which is given automatically there are also available Child Allowances and Subsidies which you can avail but you have to apply to your Municipality.
Child Allowance For Single Parent
|Child Allowance for Single Parent||Allowance per quarter per child|
|Ordinary Subsidy||1,217 dkk|
|Special Subsidy||1,239 dkk|
Note: as a single parent you need to live alone with your child not living in with a partner.
Special Child Allowance
Special Child Allowance is given to a Single Parent if there is no support from one of the parent, or if the paternity of the child could not be established or only one of the parent is alive.
|Special Child Allowance||Allowance per quarter per child|
|Special Child Allowance||3,108 dkk|
|Plus (Tillæge)||402 dkk|
|If both parents are dead the child support is double||6,216 dkk|
|Plus (Tillæge)||804 dkk|
Subsidy For Multiple Children
Supplementary family allowance is paid to multiple child-birth for example twins, triplets, etc., until they reach 7 years old. The Child Allowance shall be paid beyond the first child that means it will be given to the 2nd child and the 3rd and so forth. It shall be paid without application.
|Child Allowance for Multiple Children||Allowance per quarter|
|Extra Child Allowance||2,006 dkk/child|
It is a requirement that all children have the same residence. This kind of child support is not applicable to adoptive single parent or Children who were conceived thru artificial method by Single women.
Subsidy For Parent Undergoing Education
Parents studying or undergoing training or internships can get a special allowance. One can not receive more than one grant per parent in training. If both parents are students, and have two children, they can get two grants. The amount granted depends on your income. Please check www.su.dk if you are receiving State’s Education Grant because you will also receive an extra 12 months stipend when you give birth.
|Amount of Child Allowance to Parents who are studying|
|1,597 dkk per child|
Subsidy For Adoptive children from foreign land
The municipality who will give the allowance but the State Administration (Statsforvaltning) should attest that the child has arrived in Denmark
|Amount of Child Allowance given one time|
|46,214 dkk per child|
Child Allowance for Retired Parents
You can receive the Ordinary Child Allowance if you are parents and both receives the state pension or disability pension under the rules from before the 1st of January 2003.
You can get special allowances if you are parents and one of you or both of you receive pension or disability pension under the rules from before the 1st January 2003. The special grants shall be reduced if you have sustained income over a certain size.
The maintenance obligation shall normally not more than ten years and it will stop if the person receiving the contribution, remarries, or one of the spouses dies. Where the court determines the obligation to contribute, it will focus on the opportunities the parties have when they go their separate ways. The Court does not determine its size. How much one should pay in alimony to the other, the parties must decide for themselves.
If they can agree, it determines the state administration. State Administration decision is discretionary, and is especially taken on the basis of the couple’s gross income. Normally, the contribution of 1 / 5 of the difference between their gross income.
Subsidy in Child Care
Child care in Denmark is not free but you can apply for subsidy which the payment can be reduced or in part depending on the family’s income. For example in Copenhagen Municipality Family combined income of 461,600 (2010 rate) can apply for reduced rate plus additional sibling discount if there are more than 1 child.
PLease check your Municipality for more information. The Family Allowance can be combined with different Supplementary Allowance but you need to apply to your municipality. Child Allowance are tax Free and are adjusted every 1st of January every year. This Child Benefits is only effective this 2010 because the Parliament made some changes which will be called Child And Youth Benefits 2011 and will take effect next year if you want to learn about it you can check it here.
Source of Information: WWW.borger.dk and www.skat.dk but they are in Danish. You download the Child Benefit in Denmark 2007 from the Department of Family Affairs.