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Understanding New Danish Work and Study Possibilities Since April 1

To lure foreign employees and students, Denmark has relaxed numerous of its laws.

In 2022, 42% of Danish enterprises reported difficulties recruiting engineers and specialists in IT, biotechnology/pharmaceutical, and finance sectors, as well as doctors and nurses, according to EU Commission data.

New Additional Pay Limit System for DKK 375,000+ Offerees Introduced

Since April 1, people offered a job in Denmark with a minimum annual income of DKK 375,000 can apply for a residence and work permit under the new additional pay limit system.

This strategy requires the following:

  • A salary of at least DKK 375,000 which must be paid into a Danish bank account

  • The offered job position must have been posted on Jobnet and the EURES portal

  • The offered terms of employment must correspond to Danish standards

  • Working hours must be at least 37 hours a week

  • The job offered cannot be encompassed by a legal labour conflict

  • The applicant has not received a fine of DKK 3,000 or more under the Danish Criminal Code or the Aliens Act

Adaptation and training may require a Danish or temporary employment authorization.

Foreigners can immigrate to Denmark under this method if seasonally adjusted gross unemployment is less than 3.75 percent in the three months before applying.

New Fast-Track Program and More Approved Businesses for Danish Foreign Employees

Denmark has established a new track to the fast-track scheme, which allows qualified enterprises to recruit foreign workers faster and more flexibility.

The new additional pay limit track qualifies non-EU citizens who are given a job by a certified company with a minimum annual salary of DKK 375,000. The five tracks are now:

  1. The pay limit track

  2. The supplementary pay limit track

  3. The short-term track

  4. The researcher track

  5. The educational track

With this approach, more enterprises can receive certification to bring foreign workers to Denmark. Companies needed at least 20 employees to qualify. Only eleven workers remain.

“With a certification, a company can employ highly qualified foreign nationals without having to wait for SIRI to complete processing the application,” Newtodenmark says, adding that foreign workers can work in Denmark and overseas without losing their permit.

781 Danish enterprises hire foreigners through this scheme.

More Professionals May Work in Denmark Under the Positive List for Higher Education.

The Danish government has allowed unemployment-insurance funds (A-kasser) that are members of the Danish Trade Union Confederation to add jobs to the Positive List for Persons with Higher Degrees.

The latter includes 40 professions with a Danish labour deficit. A foreigner must have the right education for the job to move to Denmark under this list.

A job offer in that field is required before applying for a Danish work visa.

The new amendments allow Regional Labour Market Councils (RAR) to add employment positions to this list if they find a regional labour shortage for the added professions.

The Positive List for Higher Education covers 40 jobs.

Start-up Denmark Now Covers International Company Branches

Start-up Denmark allows third-country nationals (individuals and groups of up to three people) to get residence permits by starting a business in Denmark.

The new Alien Act modifications allow third-country company owners to operate a branch in Denmark and apply for a Danish resident visa.

Now, successful entrepreneurs that arrived in Denmark on a different residence visa can switch to a Start-up Denmark permit.

Post-Graduates May Remain for 3 Years to Find Work

Students who graduate from a Danish professional bachelor, bachelor, master, or PhD degree can now work in Denmark for three years instead of six months.

“Before you apply, please make sure that your educational program is approved by a state authority and check whether your current residence permit already includes a job-seeking period,” Newtodenmark advises.

Other higher education programmes will keep the six-month jobseeker residency visa.



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