Monday, July 4, 2011

7.775 kroner

Exactly how much is 7.775 kroner?
Well, it is about 1.051€ or about $1,555. 

But what can a person get for 7.775 kroner in Denmark?
Well, my ticket to the US this month cost 7.800 kroner.
A new dining table in Denmark averages around 7.000 kroner.
We were told we could get about 7.000 kroner if we wanted to sell our 93 Honda Civic.
Our groceries for two months cost somewhere around 7.000 kroner.
A MacBook Air is about 7.800 kroner in Denmark.

Oh, and one more thing that you can get for about 7.775 kroner.... It will cover your application fee to the Immigration Service when you apply for Permanent Residency.
Seriously.

When Mads and I applied for my coming to Denmark in 2007, it cost us NOTHING. Of course he had to put up a bank guarantee saying he could financially support me in case I did not find employment, but as far as the application fee goes, there was not one. And now, less than 4 years later, the fee to apply to live in Denmark has gone from ZERO to SEVEN THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE KRONER... or $1,555. Talk about inflation.

So here's the dilemma. Good thing we already have a new dining table and we both have MacBooks... so do we just NOT BUY GROCERIES for 2 months to cover the fee to process my application to continue living in the same country as my husband?

 
And what does that fee cover, exactly? Are they using gold trimmed paper in the Immigration Office? Or does every employee have a Mont Blanc pen? Perhaps they have a Starbucks barista on staff there in the office? Because other than THOSE types of things, I cannot fathom how my application would cost them 7.775 kroner to process.
And they say Americans are all about the profit?

15 comments:

May said...

Okay, that's just ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Sadly permanent residency is pricey in the USA, too. All in all, it cost us 2,000 USD and my Canadian will cost 1,000 USD. It's a total bummer!
-nell

PiNG aka Patti said...

Hmm, since we're already here, do we just pay the 'extension' fee rather than the first fee? I hope so!

Maj said...

Hej Kelli :)

Jeg har fuldt med på din blog i et stykke tid nu, og læst nogle af dine ældre indlæg, og jeg elsker alle dine sjove obersvationer af DK.

Angående din ansøgning, så synes jeg det er vanvittigt at I skal betale så meget, man kan kun undre sig over hvad de skal bruge pengene på - og jeg tror kaffe er et godt bud, ha ha ha...

- Maj :D

Lindsay said...

Wow Kelli..that is pretty steep! I guess I better start saving now, in case I ever apply for permanent residency. That won't be for a while though, if ever, but if/when it did happen, at that rate of inflation, I am scared to know what the price would be!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget it costs you 3500 kr to apply for permanent residency and 750 kr if you want to file a complaint

Anonymous said...

@nell: that price above is NOT for permanent residency. It's for applying family reunification. You can still get rejected.

wildsleep said...

Oh yeah, like anonymous said, that's about the same amount as it is going to cost my husband to get a US residency/green card, though 1/3 of that is the doctor fee.

Still. Crazy expensive.

Do you really have to pay for that if you already *have* residency? I don't understand.

Anonymous said...

You know what the 7775 kr is for, it's not to buy Mont Blanc pens for the case workers, not even to buy gold-lined forms, but to discourage people from coming to Denmark.

Simple and effective.

Mads and Kelli said...

Everyone should make sure he/she has the correct amount of points and documentation of said points before applying because if you are missing ONE dot on ONE "i", you are rejected and then pay again to resubmit......

Anonymous said...

The whole thing is easy to understand when you know where the concept originates, that is if you follow the Danish political scene, and that is a euphemism for a circus.

Angel said...

I have still not seen my extension for temp residency which we applied for in February. We paid for that too.

As far as we can tell I won't even be eligible to apply for another couple of years even though I will exceed their point limit as of Oct. Right now I don't know if I would even bother to apply even if I could :(

Gran Salt said...

So what do families that do not even have the money for macbooks, flights to the states and expensive dining tables do?
Does anyone know?

Is it accepted that the fee goes towards the running of the immigration department or are there other reasons for setting it so high?

Megan said...

WHAT WHAT WHAT?!??!!?

EKinDK said...

I just applied for myself and my son, extensions of our temporary residency, and those came to 4,000 kr. Our newborn daughter cost 6,000 kr. That's 10,000 kr -- our entire holiday fund. I said A LOT of swears about this, believe me. I read in the looooong application that the fees cover "administration" of the applications. Um, right. What's especially maddening is that THERE WAS NO ADVANCE WARNING THAT THIS WAS COMING. That's a lot of money to have to cough up on the spot. (And, you have to pay online BEFORE you even submit your application; the payment receipt is included with the application packet. For reals.) For those who can't afford such fees, there is a waiver, but you've got to be extremely needy to qualify. GRRRRR. It's not that I mind paying, but this fee is so high...