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Children born out of wedlock to a Danish father and a mother of foreign nationality

CHILDREN BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK TO A DANISH FATHER AND A MOTHER OF FOREIGN NATIONALITY

Children born abroad out of wedlock to a Danish father and a mother of foreign nationality between October 11, 1993 and June 30, 2014 (both days included) did not obtain Danish nationality by birth. As an alternative, children born under these circumstances are able to apply for Danish nationality by naturalization without meeting the general requirements. It is a condition that the father was a Danish citizen at the time of the child’s birth.

If the parents married before the child turned 18 and if the child was unmarried, the child will automatically obtain Danish nationality from the date of the marriage. However, please note that children born abroad must apply for retention of their Danish citizenship before the age of 22. For further information, please visit our website here.

If a child is born abroad out of wedlock to a Danish father and a mother of foreign nationality before October 11, 1993, and if the parents remained unmarried, the child cannot obtain Danish nationality without meeting the general requirements. Children born on or after July 1, 2014 automatically obtain Danish nationality by birth if the father or mother is Danish – regardless of whether the parents are married or not.

When you apply for Danish nationality by naturalization without meeting the general requirements, it is not a requirement that you reside in Denmark at the time of the application. Nor is it a requirement that you pass the Danish citizenship test, including the language test.

HOW TO APPLY

Step 1: Complete Application form and Payment of Fee
A completed application form and payment of the non-refundable processing fee of DKK 1200 is a requirement for an admissible application. Children born abroad out of wedlock to a Danish father and a mother of foreign nationality only need to complete sections 1-6 and 13 in the application form. The fee of DKK 1200 is only for applicants aged 18 or older. If the applicant is under 18, there is no fee for the application.

When applying through a Danish representation in Canada, the fee must be paid in Canadian dollars. The Embassy’s fee schedule can be found here. Payment must be made in the form of a certified cheque or money order issued to the Danish Embassy, or in cash (must be exact change). It is not possible to pay by debit or credit card, however some of our consulates accept e-transfers.

Step 2: Collect Documents
A document checklist can be found on page 2 in the application form. You can find an unofficial translation of the checklist here.

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 Canada nor our consulates can be held responsible for any problems you may have as a result of missing documents.

Step 3: Submit the Application
You can send the application and documents directly to the Danish Embassy in Canada at the following address:

Royal Danish Embassy
47 Clarence Street, Suite 450
Ottawa, ON K1N 9K1
Canada

You can also submit your application through one of the Danish consulates in Canada. Please note that if you choose to do so, there is an additional handling fee payable to the consulate. Payment of the handling fee must be made in the form of a certified cheque or money order issued to the consulate, in cash (must be exact change) or via e-transfer where possible. The Embassy’s fee schedule can be found here.

If case processing 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 ANY QUESTIONS
Please contact the Nationality Division at the Ministry of Immigration and Integration directly.
Tel.: +45 72 26 87 00. The phone hours can be found here (local time).
Email: uim@uim.dk.