Nordic citizens of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are free to enter, reside, study and work in Denmark. Neither visas nor residence or work permits are required. EU/EEA/Swiss citizens do not also need to apply for a work permit. You may stay in Denmark under the EU rules regarding the free movement of people and services. But if you want to stay for longer than three months, you must apply for a registration certificate under EU rules. The application must be submitted within three months of entering Denmark.
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will need a residence permit to work in Denmark. Upon graduation from a Danish higher education institution, your residence permit will remain valid for an additional six months, allowing you to seek employment in Denmark. Provided your visa hasn’t already been extended for an extra six months you can apply for such an extension to your permit.
Please note: The special interim arrangement concerning employees from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia ended on 1 May 2009.
There are several types of visas that grant you residence in Denmark. The one you apply for depends on your specific situation. Below are some of these visa’s:
- work (including separate visas for working holiday, internship, religious workers, au pair)
- residence in Greenland or the Faroe Islands
- family reunification
- study (including a separate PhD visa)
- asylum, etc.
EU citizens do not need a visa to enter the country but they still need to register with SIRI. This is done in person, at one of SIRI’s branches in Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus, Aalbord, or Aabenraa. Just make sure to book an appointment in advance.
EU nationals are required to have:
- passport or national ID;
- accurate passport-size photo;
- completed copy of the application for OD1;
- documentation on your grounds for residence as a worker.
Citizens of all other countries will need a visa and residence permit to work in Denmark.
Types of Danish Work Visas
- Fast-Track Scheme
- Pay Limit Scheme
- Positive List
- researcher (and guest researcher)
- employed PhD
- herdsmen and farm managers
The Requirements and Application Process for the Danish Post Study Work Permits:
Some requirements are common to all types of work visas. Applications are made online through SIRI.
1. Create a Case Order ID
Once you have selected the type of visa that best fits your work situation, you will be asked to create a case order ID. For some types of visas, the application is submitted entirely by your employer. For this, you will need to hand them what is known as power of attorney by filling in the power of attorney form.
2. Pay the Visa Fee
All applications are processed annually. To avoid any issues with your application, make sure you create the case order ID and pay the fee in the same year.
3. Submit the Required Documents
You will be asked to submit the following documents:
- Proof that you have paid the visa fee by attaching the receipt.
- Copy of your passport, including all pages, front cover, and back cover.
- Form for power of attorney fully completed.
- Employment contract or job offer (cannot be more than 30 days old) containing information about you, your salary, terms of employment, and job description.
- Educational diplomas and qualifications that prove you are qualified for the position.
- Danish authorization if required for the job position (e.g., for regulated professions such as doctors, lawyers, etc.).
4. Submit the Work Visa Application Form
The type of work visa application form you will need depends on your employment. The most common are:
- The AR1 online: This electronic form is filled out by both the employee and the employer. For this type of form, your employer must fill in the first part. A password is then generated, which your employer should pass to you so that you can complete the second part of the form.
- The AR6 online: This form is filled out entirely by an employer who has been given power of attorney.
5. Have your Biometrics Taken
This must be done within 14 days of submitting your application. You must have your photo taken and fingerprints recorded at a Danish diplomatic mission abroad.
6. Wait for a Response
You will be informed of the result of your application usually within 30 days. For some work visa types, like the Fast-Track Visa, this response should take less time, typically around ten days.