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Retaining foreign labour in Denmark

If your residence permit on the grounds of, for example, asylum or family reunification, has been revoked or denied extension, you can apply for a new residence permit if you have worked in Denmark for an extended period of time. The same applies if you have held a residence permit as an accompanying family member of a person working or studying in Denmark, and the original permit has been revoked.

You can be granted a residence and work permit on the grounds of both skilled and unskilled work, and self-employment.

You can submit your application for a residence and work permit in Denmark up to seven days after receiving the ruling. This 7-day deadline is absolute.

In order to be granted a residence and work permit, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Your residence permit must not have been revoked or denied extension due to fraud, i.e., because you were found to have given the authorities false information
  • You must have been legally employed by the same employer, or have legally operated the same company, for an uninterrupted period of two years
  • You must hold the same job, or operate the same company, as when your original residence permit was revoked or denied extension
  • In the case of salaried work, you must have a written job contract (and the required authorisation, if applicable). Salary and employment conditions must correspond to Danish standards
  • If you operate your own company, you must have employees. If your business is a restaurant or retail shop, it must yield a profit, and you must have no less than 8-10 employees

How to apply

Read more about how to apply for a residence and work permit



Last update: 1/21/2015
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