Residence permit to look for a job in Denmark
A jobseeking permit is a residence permit of up to 6 months to find a job in Denmark after the expiration of your original permit. Only Phd's, students on other higher education and employees on the Positive List, the Pay Limit Scheme, the Researchers Scheme and the first three tracks of the Fast Track Scheme can get a supplementary residence permit for jobseeking.
If you have a residence permit according to
- the Positive List,
- the Pay Limit Scheme,
- the Researcher Scheme or
- one of the first three tracks of the Fast Track Scheme
and lose your job through no fault of your own, e.g. due to cut-backs, you can apply for a 6 months residence permit to look for a new job in Denmark.
If you are offered a job during the jobseeking period you have to apply for a new residence and work permit, at the latest on the day you begin the new job. You are allowed to start on the new job as soon as you have submitted the application. You don’t have to wait for the decision from SIRI.
If you, on one of the above mentioned schemes, receive a work and residence permit valid for less than 4 years, then you will also automatically get a residence permit for jobseeking. You are not allowed to work during the jobseeking period.
If you are granted a residence permit to complete a PhD or other higher education in Denmark, then in addition you get a 6 months residence permit to look for a job in Denmark after the completion of your studies.
If you haven’t received the supplementary 6 months for jobseeking after completion of your study you can apply for a 6 months extension for jobseeking.
The 6 months permit for jobseeking gives you the same right to work as the limited work permit you got together with your residence permit to study. Thus, you can in your jobseeking period work up to 20 hours weekly (only 15 hours if you got your residence permit to study prior to 1. January 2015) and full time in June July and August.
The residence permit for jobseeking cannot be extended to more than the 6 months. If you want to stay in Denmark longer than that, you will have to apply for a residence permit on another basis, e.g. work if you have received a job offer.