If my husband dies, I have until my visa runs out to leave Denmark.
If I die - even though I am enjoying the benefits of temporary residency in DK (/sarcasm) - my husband has two years to apply for permanent residency in the US. Even though he doesn't have any type of visa now.
Alive, all I have to do to get him a permanent residency in the states is to sponsor him, that is, make over $20,000 a year. Or ask my parents to sponsor him, since we'd all be living there until I got a job anyway. As long as they make over $28,000 a year. Not a problem there.
He will not be required to prove active participation in society by joining a club or being on the board of an organization. He will not need to acquire 100 points. He will not need to apply for an extension every year no earlier than three and no later than one month before his visa expires because it won't fucking expire because it's a GOD DAMNED PERMANENT VISA!
Yes, it's that time of year again, folks. Time to extend my visa. *Whoo-hoo.* Time to again check the little boxes saying I've been a very good girl and not taken any money from the government I support with my taxes, that I have not broken any laws, that I still live in a house bigger than 40 sq. meters. Then my husband gets to sign that the conditions of his current residency permit have not changed (causing him to yell at the paper, "oh my god, I'm a citizen for Christ's sake, I was BORN here. God I hate this country."). I'll turn it in and then wait three months for my visa to be renewed. Which means that for at least one month, possibly even two, I will be here without a valid visa in my hand. So before it expires, I'll ask for a paper saying that they are reviewing my application and that I can stay in Denmark until the final decision, because I'll need to be able to prove that I can legally stay here and work when I need to fill out work contracts. And they'll tell me I don't need them and then I'll say, YOU TELL THE UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN THAT THEN. Then before I leave for Qatar, because I won't have gotten my residency card yet, I'll have to get a re-entry visa that will expire before I can reenter Denmark because they are only good for three months and I work for five. I'll also have to provide documentation to the ministry of integration so that they know why I'm taking five months off of Danish class.
When not being bugged by the government, we are very happy with our lives here. Just go away and let us be!