a british man is being deported from Denmark Because they did not know that after Brexit they would have to apply to stay in the country.
Will Hill, 37, was ordered to leave by Sunday. His stay application, made three weeks late, was rejected, as was an appeal to immigration officials.
He will return to London on Friday, leaving behind his cyber security career and his fiancée, Ida Bogelund Larsen, who said the decision had left her “anxious and confused and nervous”. The wedding they had planned for January is now in doubt.
He said: “It would not have happened to me if it had not BrexitBecause I will be treated as an EU citizen.
Hill’s case came to light two weeks after that of another British national. philip russell, told how he too was facing deportation. Like Hill, he did not know until after the deadline that he had to apply to stay in Denmark after Brexit and was ordered to leave by 6 December on the grounds that his application was four days late.
He called on the British government to “condemn the behavior of Denmark”. “Denmark is using the inefficiency of its own immigration services as an excuse to deport UK citizens,” he said.
Liberal party EU spokesman Mads Fuglede said the cases were a breach of the withdrawal agreement and asked the Danish immigration department, SIRI, to re-examine the cases of an estimated 290 Britons who applied late for their Brexit paperwork was.
He told Politiken newspaper that communication by SIRI to British citizens about the need to reapply for residency rights for life after Brexit was “unsatisfactory and not working”.
Hill, who voted to remain in the Brexit referendum, said she had no choice but to return to her parents’ home in Surrey. He now plans to apply for a visa under family reunification rules and hopes not to miss his wedding in Denmark at the end of January.
Under the Withdrawal Agreement, any EU citizen in the UK or a British citizen in an EU member state can remain in the country with residence, employment and social welfare rights. Denmark set a December 31, 2021 deadline for residency applications, but both Russell and Hill say they received no communication to that effect.
Hill said, “Beyond my being in a coma and saying that I didn’t know I needed to do this, there seems to be no way around it.”
When his application was initially rejected, he appealed in compliance with the request for evidence of settled life and work in Denmark.
“They asked me to provide so much information about my work, my personal life, my relationship with my partner, everything. They also asked me to provide pictures of me and Ida, and in the end they refused. Because I missed a deadline. They weren’t interested at all in the fact that I’m integrated into the country, that I’m working full time, that I’m paying my taxes.
A SIRI spokesman said it could not comment on individual cases. She said the department had made “every effort” to ensure the application process was as easy as possible and that the government had launched an “information campaign with comprehensive information on the consequences of Brexit and guidance on how to apply”.
SIRI said it had received 290 late applications, suggesting that many British nationals now face deportation.
The Foreign Office said that the UK government had launched a major campaign to inform UK citizens about the impact of Brexit and that more than 18,000 British citizens had applied for residence rights in Denmark after Brexit.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said, “The Danish authorities will accept late applications if there are reasonable grounds for extending the deadline.”