Published 04-06-2024

New residence scheme based on educational attachment

On 1 July 2024, a new scheme will come into effect for foreign nationals who lose or have previously lost their grounds for residence in Denmark.

On 4 June 2024, the Danish Parliament passed a law proposal on a residence scheme based on educational attachment.

The scheme allows certain foreign nationals who lose their grounds for residence and who are enrolled in or undergoing education in an area where there is a labour shortage to continue staying and studying in Denmark. 

The scheme also means that certain foreign nationals who have lost or will lose their grounds for residence before the law enters into force on 1 July 2024 will, under certain conditions, be able to continue staying in Denmark if, when they lost their grounds for residence, they were enrolled in or undergoing education in an area where there is a labour shortage. Among other things, it will be a condition for obtaining a residence permit that the foreign national's original residence permit was refused extension or revoked, or their right of residence under EU rules was found to be expired, in the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024.

At the same time, a change of education scheme will be introduced for foreign nationals who are granted a residence permit under the educational attachment scheme, but who wish to change to another education in an area where there is a labour shortage. 

A foreign national who is granted a residence permit under the educational attachment scheme or for the purpose of changing education will also be granted a residence permit for a maximum of 6 months in order to seek employment in Denmark after completing the educational programme.

Read the law proposal as passed on the Danish Parliament's website (in Danish only)

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