EU rules

If you are a foreign citizen, you can apply for equal status with Danish citizens according to EU law and apply for SU for a study programme in Denmark and abroad

You work in Denmark

You are an EU/EEA citizen and work in Denmark

You have resided in Denmark for at least 5 years

You can apply for equal status with Danish citizens if you have resided in Denmark for a period of at least 5 years

You are the child of an EU/EEA citizen who is a worker in Denmark under EU law

You can apply for equal status with Danish citizens if you are the child of an EU/EEA citizen, who is a worker in Denmark under EU law, or his/her spouse – regardless of the country you are a citizen of

You are married to an EU/EEA citizen who is a worker in Denmark under EU law

You can apply for equal status with Danish citizens if you are married to an EU/EEA citizen who is a worker in Denmark under EU law

You are the parent of an EU/EEA citizen who is a worker in Denmark under EU law

You can apply for equal status with Danish citizens if you are the parent of an EU/EEA citizen or his/her spouse – regardless of the country you are a citizen of

Your citizenship

If you are a citizen of an EU Member State, an EEA country (Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway) or Switzerland, you must meet some specfic conditions to be granted equal status with Danish citizens.

Choose the situation which applies to you:

You have status as a worker or have retained your status as a worker in Denmark
You have resided in Denmark for five years

If you are a British citizen who lived in Denmark in accordance with the EU rules on free movement before 31 December 2020 and still reside in Denmark, you are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU. Therefore, you can continue to reside in Denmark after this date on terms, which overall correspond to the current terms under EU rules on free movement.

Consequently, if you moved to Denmark before 31 December 2020 and still reside in Denmark, you can apply for equal status with Danish citizens and SU on terms, which overall correspond to the current terms under EU rules on free movement, for instance as a worker under EU law.

Be aware that if you have resided in Denmark before 31 December 2020, you have to submit an application for new residence status under the Withdrawal Agreement to The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration before 31 December 2021. You will receive more information directly from The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.

As a rule, if you moved to Denmark after 1 January 2021 or later, you cannot apply for equal status with Danish citizens and SU on terms, which overall correspond to the current terms under EU rules on free movement.

Visit ufm.dk for more information on Brexit.

If you are related to a citizen of an EU Member State, an EEA country (Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway) or Switzerland, you can apply for equal status according to EU law. You can meet this condition irrespective of which country you are a citizen of.

If you are related to a Danish citizen, the Danish citizen must have exercised his/her right to free movement under EU law before you can fulfill the condition of receiving SU as a family member to an EU/EEA citizen.

Choose the situation which applies to you:

You are the child of an EU/EEA citizen
You are married to an EU/EEA citizen
You have been a resident of Denmark for five years
You are the parent of an EU/EEA citizen

If you are related to a British citizen who lived in Denmark in accordance with the EU rules on free movement before 31 December 2020 and still reside in Denmark, your family member is covered by the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU. Therefore, you can reside in Denmark after this date on terms, which overall correspond to the current terms for family members under EU rules on free movement.

Consequently, if your family member, who is a British citizen, moved to Denmark before 31 December 2020 and still resides in Denmark, you can apply for equal status with Danish citizens and SU on terms, which overall correspond to the current terms for family members under EU rules on free movement.

Be aware that if you wish to apply for residency in Denmark in accordance with the EU rules on free movement because your family member is covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, you have to submit an application for residence status under the Withdrawal Agreement to The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. Contact The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration for more information.

As a rule, if your family member, who is a British citizen, moved to Denmark after 1 January 2021 or later, you cannot apply for equal status and SU on terms, which overall correspond to the current terms for family members under EU rules on free movement.

Visit ufm.dk for more information on Brexit.

Enquiries regarding equal status

How to get help regarding enquiries about equal status with Danish citizens.

Worth noting

In accordance with EU Directive (2004/38/EEC on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States), Denmark is only obliged to grant SU to respectively EU workers, self-employed persons and persons, who have retained this status, and their family members. Other EU/EEA citizens as well as Swiss citizens may only receive SU after 5 years of residence in Denmark.