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Denmark Introduces New Regulations for Healthcare Foreign Workers from July 1

The Danish Parliament has unveiled new regulations regarding foreign workers in the healthcare sector, as disclosed by the website managed by the Immigration Service and the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

Denmark Introduces New Regulations for Healthcare Foreign Workers from July 1


Effective from July 1, social and healthcare workers will be incorporated into the Positive List for Skilled Workers, with 1,000 residence and work permits allocated. According to, if shortages persist for social and healthcare workers by July 1, 2024, residence and work permits can still be granted under the Positive List for Skilled Work.


Furthermore, the updated rules include an extension of the authorisation scheme, permitting requested healthcare professionals to acquire a residence permit to obtain Danish authorisation. Applicants will undergo evaluation by the Patient Safety Authority under a new authorisation procedure tailored for specifically requested healthcare professionals.


Under the new regulations, holders of residence permits under the authorisation program will no longer need to acquire work permits to work in Denmark during their authorised stay, as outlined by This exemption applies even if the authorisation scheme does not explicitly appear on the residence permit.


Additionally, foreign students pursuing professions facing shortages will have the opportunity to prolong their stay in Denmark. This initiative aims to retain international talent within the country, according to the authorities.

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The 2023 EURES Report identified various shortages and surpluses in the Danish labour market, with several occupations in the health and care sector experiencing deficits. These include roles such as home-based personal care workers, nursing professionals, and medical practitioners, among others.


Denmark's move to address these shortages aligns with efforts across the EU, where other member states have also reported similar occupation deficits within the health and care sector.




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