Love is in the air, as couples try to beat new stricter marriage criteria for foreigners
Next year the law is going to be tightened up when it comes to foreigners marrying in Denmark.
This step has been taken because of a number of cases in which the system has been abused to facilitate proforma weddings to allow non-EU citizens to fraudulently obtain residence in the EU.
The threat of restriction has led to a veritable run on a number of municipal registry offices.
Tønder Municipality received so many applications from would-be happy couples that they decided earlier this month not to accept any more, reports DR Nyheder.
“If we accepted all the couples, we would simply drown in applications. Within the last couple of months up until we decided to close the list, the number of applications was rising sharply,” said Tønder’s registrar Heidi Jensen.
The same trend has been noted in Aabenraa Municipality – especially after Tønder closed its list.
“We received 80 applications in one week when we normally get 10. We’ve had so many applications that we don’t have any more vacant slots this year,” said Lisbeth Klift Jørgensen, a registrar in Aabenraa.
Although it will still be possible for foreigners to get married in Denmark, from next year there will be a new specialist centralised body to vet foreign couples when neither party is a Danish citizen and when they don’t have the right to permanent residence in Denmark.
The body will be able to reject applications that they think are false or based on false documents.
“We expect that there will be a period with a lot fewer applications because it can take time before the new system is up and running. We expect that couples will risk being faced with more stringent demands,” said Jensen.