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Danish krone (kr.) (DKK)

Applying for a work visa in Denmark is a relatively quick and easy process compared to those in other countries. However, applicants still need to meet a long list of requirements, and employers need to know all the steps of how to get a work visa in Denmark. Since the country has so many requirements, obtaining a work visa can get delayed.

Types of work visas in Denmark

Citizens from Nordic countries including Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden do not need to get a work or residence permit, as they can simply enter the country. However, they will still have to contact the Citizen Service of the local municipality directly in order to a get a civil registration number (CPR number). If family members are Nordic citizens, they can come to Denmark just as easily. Family members not from a Nordic country, the EU, or EEA will have to apply for family reunification.

Citizens of the EU, EEA, and Switzerland also don’t need a visa to live, work, or study in Denmark. However, they still need to meet the Danish Immigration Service and the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration’s immigration rules. Within 3 months from entry to Denmark, they have to apply for a certificate of registration, which is a document certifying the right to reside in Denmark as an EU citizen. All other citizens must apply for a visa, which will allow them to stay in the country for 90 days. Any person wishing to stay and work longer will need a residence and work permit to do so.

Although there are many different work visas, the 3 most common include the Fast-Track Scheme, the Pay Limit Scheme, and the Positive List. These options are the broadest and also include corresponding visa types such as research, pay limit, and more.

Requirements to obtain Denmark work visas

Non-EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals will need to meet certain requirements and provide documents for the application process.

Some of the documents required include the following:

  • Proof of paid visa fee
  • Copy of all passport pages, including empty pages as well as front and back cover
  • Power of attorney from the applicant
  • Employment contract or job offer with information on salary, job description, and terms of employment
  • Declaration that the job position has been posted on Jobnet and EURES for at least 2 weeks (if applicable)
  • Documentation of educational background (if applicable)

Depending on the type of work permit applied for, a minimum salary, as stipulated by the local authorities, may apply.

Application process

Employees will likely apply for a Denmark work visa online. They can start by creating a case order ID and selecting the visa that best fits their work situation. Some types of visas need to be submitted entirely by the employer through power of attorney. After someone creates a case order ID, they’re required to pay the visa fee in the same year.

Next, submit the required documents above, as well as the work visa application form. There are 2 common forms — the AR1 online and the AR6 online. The AR1 is an electronic form completed by both the employee and the employer. The AR6 is filled out exclusively by the employer, who has the power of attorney. Within 14 days of applying online, the employee must have their biometrics and photo taken. If the application is submitted in person at an international diplomatic mission with which Denmark has a representation agreement, the individual must submit one facial photo and show a valid ID, and if later granted a residence permit, have their biometric features recorded after entering Denmark.

The employee will get the results of the application within 1-3 months. Some types of work visas, however, such as the Fast-Track Visa, take only about 30 to 60 days.

Other important considerations

Some employees may want their family, spouse, or partner to join them in Denmark. They can apply for family reunification through family and spouse visas. The normal processing time for a residence permit for a family member accompanying an employee is 2 months. The expected maximum processing time for applications for a residence permit on the grounds of family reunification is 7 months. A government processing fee may apply and this can be found on the government website.

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