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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

If you want to apply for equal status with Danish citizens according to this rule, you must meet these two conditions:

  1. Your child must be a worker in Denmark according to EU law.
  2. You are supported by your child, who is a worker in Denmark according to EU law, because you have a genuine and effective need of being supported by him/her.

Please note, that if you receive state educational grant (SU) as the parent of an EU/EEA citizen, you must be aware of the fact that your right to SU is a derived right from your child’s status as a migrant worker. This means that you lose the right to SU if your child loses his/her status as a worker in Denmark under EU law.

Defintions

Parent

With the phrasing “parent” we mean a relative in lineal ascent. The rule, therefore, applies to parents as well as grandparents of an EU/EEA citizen, who is a worker in Denmark, or to the worker’s spouse regardless of his/her citizenship.

Supported by

When you apply for SU, you must be able to prove that for special reasons, you have a genuine and effective need of being supported by your child. It is not sufficient that your child merely undertakes supporting you.
You must submit documentation for this along with the information form for foreign citizens when you apply for SU according to this rule. This means that you must submit documentation for the support in itself, as well as documentation showing that you have a genuine and effective need of being supported by your child.

Worker

With the phrasing "worker" we also mean a self-employed person. These are persons who under EU law may be regarded as workers in Denmark or who in certain circumstances may have retained his/her status as a worker in Denmark.

Read more about the term worker under EU law.

Your child is a Danish citizen

A Danish citizen, who works in Denmark, is as a rule not a worker according to EU law but may have obtained a status as a worker by having exercised his/her right to free movement. If your Danish child has obtained a status as a worker in Denmark under EU law, you can also receive SU according to the rules concerning the parent of a worker as described above.

Read more about Danish citizens who have obtained status as a worker according to EU law.

How to apply

Find information about how to apply in minSU for the first time

When we assess whether you can be granted equal status according to EU law, we use the information which is evident from the documentation you enclose with the information form for foreign citizens. It is therefore important that you enclose all the documentation you want to be included in our assessment of your application. In addition, we use the information that the national register, the Danish Immigration Service, the State Administration and the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen) have registered about you and your parents or parent.

If you think that the information from the national register is inadequate or incorrect, you must contact the national register in the municipality which you live in. If you think that the information which the Danish Immigration Service or the State Administration has registered is incorrect or inadequate, you must contact the Danish Immigration Service. If you think that the information which Skattestyrelsen has registered is incorrect or inadequate you must contact Skattestyrelsen.

Ongoing monitoring

We monitor on an ongoing basis that your child continues to meet the conditions for having status as a worker in Denmark under EU law. The monitoring is, in part, conducted on the basis of the information your child’s employer reports to the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen) about your child’s income and working hours.

If you are not able to prove that you still meet the conditions for receiving SU, we will discontinue your SU and if you have received too much SU, you must pay back this amount. Therefore, if you have received SU for a period where we subsequently find that your parent could not be regarded as a worker under EU law, you must pay back this SU.