Normal processing time

1 month

Quick job start normally takes

0-10 days

Processing fee

DKK 3.280,-

What is Fast-track?
What are the conditions?
The pay limit track
The researcher track
The educational track
The short-term track
How can I get a quick job start?
What are my rights, if I am granted a permit?
How long can I stay in Denmark?
What should I do, if I lose or change my job?
Can my family be granted a residence permit?
What more do I need to know before I apply?

What is Fast-track?

The Fast-track scheme makes it faster and easier for certified companies to recruit foreign employees with special qualifications to work in Denmark.

This means that you, as a highly qualified employee, can have a quick and flexible job start in the certified company. 

In addition, the scheme allows you to alternate between working in Denmark and working abroad.

What are the conditions?

The Fast-track scheme is divided into four tracks:

You can use the scheme if you have been offered a job in a certified company and if the job meets the conditions of one of these tracks.

An application for a residence and work permit via the Fast-track scheme must be submitted online by your employer.

You must provide your employer with a power of attorney submit the application on your behalf and represent you in the case.

If you do not wish to let your employer represent you, you must follow the special procedure of applying for Fast-track via AR1.  

Your salary and employment conditions must correspond to Danish standards. This means that your salary, holiday entitlements, terms of notice etc. must not be worse than the standards within the professional field where you are going to work.

When you apply, you must attach a copy of your employment contract or your job offer stating all conditions of the employment.

If SIRI has any doubts about whether your salary and employment conditions correspond to Danish standards, we can ask experts in the field, e.g. one of the regional labour market councils, to assess your conditions.

If you will be working within a profession regulated by law, e.g. as a doctor, it is in some cases necessary to have obtained a Danish authorisation. Doctors must have obtained an authorisation from the Danish Patient Safety Authority (Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed).

The more detailed conditions depend on the Danish law on the individual professions.  

Read more about which professions you can hold with a Danish authorisation or similar Danish certifications.

The pay limit track

You can choose the pay limit track if you have a salary of at least DKK 417,793.60. It corresponds to the pay limit amount of the Pay Limit scheme. 

As a minimum, your salary must correspond to the pay limit amount of the Pay Limit scheme. 

  • It is a requirement that you have been offered a job with an annual salary of at least 417,793.60 DKK (2018 level). 
  • The pay limit amount is adjusted every year on 1 January.
  • The requirement of a minimum salary corresponding to the pay limit amount must be met even though you take holiday without pay.

Read more about the pay limit amount

Salary up to and including the pay limit amount must be paid to a Danish bank account.

  • On the application form, your employer must declare that the salary will be paid to a Danish bank account.
  • It is not required that the transfer to the Danish bank account must happen from a Danish bank account.

Your salary up to and including the pay limit amount can only consist of:

Basic salary
Payments to labour market pension
Paid holiday allowance

Only holiday allowance paid by the workplace to which you have a permit to work can be counted as a part of your salary up to and including the pay limit amount. 

If you earn holiday allowance paid in the following holiday year, the holiday allowance cannot be counted as a part the annual salary of the year in which you earned the holiday allowance. 

Your salary up to and including the pay limit amount must not be paid in cash or to a foreign bank account.

Salary above the pay limit amount can consist of other salary components than basic salary, payments to labour market pension and paid holiday allowance. 

For example, such components above the pay limit amount could be:

Paid living and housing expenses
Per diems
Free use of car
Paid phone
Paid internet
Benefits-in-kind
Subscriptions
Other services offered to you by your employer.
 
Payment of salary above the pay limit amount does not have to be paid to a Danish bank account.

The researcher track

If you are offered a position as a researcher, you are able to use the researcher track. There must be specific research-related reasons for offering you the position as a researcher. This means that the position must be closely connected to you and that the main purpose of your stay must be to do research. 

Please note, that guest researchers and PhD students are not included in the research track. 

If you are a guest researcher, you can find further information here.

If you are a PhD student, you can find further information here.

If you are invited as a researcher, scientist or speaker to teach for shorter than a 90 days period, you may not need a residence and work permit.

Read more about the rules of exemption here.

The same applies if you are going to work as a researcher at a university or a company in Denmark, and the total duration of your stay, counted from your date of entry, is 90 days or less. 

Some foreign nationals must have obtained a visa valid for the full duration of their stay before entering Denmark. 

Read more about the conditions on visa and visa-free stays and about how to apply for a visa here.

If you know beforehand that you will be staying in Denmark for longer than 90 days, you must apply for a residence permit covering the first 90 days as well.

If you, aside from your primary job, wish to be affiliated with one or more Danish universities as a researcher, or you obtain another kind of sideline employment, you must apply for a permit

You can find more about sideline employment here.

Full time employment is not a condition for researchers, but you need to have a contract or specific employment agreement that shows that your working conditions conform to Danish standards.

With a permit as a researcher via the Fast-track scheme, your job content can change within the same university or company without you having to apply for a new work permit. For example, this applies if you are promoted or if your research project changes. Salary and employment conditions must still correspond to the Danish standards.

You must inform SIRI if your salary and employment conditions are impaired.

If it appears from your employment contract or from the description of your job content, that it is expected of you to do external examinations, you do not need to apply for a separate work permit in order to perform this task. This applies to both examinations of oral and written exams.

The educational track

If you are a highly qualified foreign national with significant work experience within a certain professional field, the educational track is of relevance to you, provided that:

the purpose of your stay in Denmark is to receive highly qualified training in the certified company, or
the purpose is that you will be training other employees in the certified company at a highly qualified level. 

If you are applying for a permit via this track, your employer must detail the educational purpose of your stay.

As a trainee, you are not able to obtain a permit via the educational track. A trainee stay does not imply education on a sufficiently high level to meet the requirement of this track. 

You can read more about the trainee scheme here.

The short-term track

If you are not covered by the rules of exemption [link] but have been offered a contract with a maximum duration of 3 months in a certified company, the short-term track is of relevance to you.

Salary and employment conditions must correspond to Danish standards.

You can only apply for a short-term permit once a year and the stay must not exceed 3 months. If you have a visa or are exempt from the visa requirement and arrive to Denmark before the start date of the contract, the days you arrive early are counted in as a part of the maximum period of 3 months.

How can I get a quick job start?

The Fast-track scheme provides you with the possibility of a quick job start. 

There are two ways to get a quick job start depending on whether you have legal access to enter into Denmark or not. 

If you do not need a quick job start, you can wait for SIRI to make a decision on your case within our service goals.

If you do not make use of the possibility to have a quick job start, using the Fast-track scheme will still exempt you from the rules on when your permit lapses [link].

If the company in which you will be employed is certified for using the Fast-track scheme, the company has received instructions in how to get a quick job start. You can see the procedure here:

If you can enter into Denmark legally, e.g. if you are exempt from the visa requirement or you have a valid Schengen visa, you and your employer must do the following:  

  • Your employer must submit an application for a permit via the Fast-track scheme with a power of attorney from you.

  • Subsequently, your employer must make an appointment for a meeting with SIRI for you to get a temporary work permit. The appointment is made via a link on the receipt that your employer receives when submitting the application or by appointment with your employer’s contact person in SIRI.

  • At last, you must appear in SIRI’s Citizen Centre at the appointed time. You must bring your passport and receipt showing that the application has been submitted. At the meeting SIRI will do a number of checks, such as identity check, check if you are registered as unwanted in the Schengen area, and a check to make sure that you have entered into a contract with the certified company. In addition, SIRI will check if the case processing fee has been paid. Your biometric data will also be recorded.

If you meet the requirements, you will immediately be granted a temporary work permit meaning that you can start working right away.

If you are required to have a visa and you cannot enter into Denmark legally to appear in SIRI, you and your employer must do the following to obtain a quick job start.

  • Your employer must submit an application for a permit via the Fast-track scheme with a power of attorney form you. You can find a template for a power of attorney here
  • Subsequently, your employer must send an e-mail to work@siri.dk stating that you wish to have a quick job start. Case Order ID (SB-ID) and the reference number mentioned on the submission receipt must be stated in the e-mail. 
  • No later than 14 days after submitting the application, you must have your biometric data recorded at the nearest Danish diplomatic mission.
  • When the biometric data has been recorded, SIRI will grant you a residence and work permit provided that you meet the conditions.
  • SIRI authorises the Danish diplomatic mission to issue a long-term visa (visa type D) to enable you to travel to Denmark. 

Usually, if your employer submits the application on a day when our Citizen Centre is open, and if you are exempt from the visa requirement or you can enter into Denmark legally in any other way, you can be granted a temporary residence permit on the date of submission. This of course presupposes that there are available appointments to book in the Citizen Centre. 

If you cannot enter into Denmark legally, we will typically make a decision no later than 10 days from receiving your application with biometrics and paid case processing fee.

What are my rights, if I am granted a permit?

What are you allowed to do with a Danish residence and work permit via the Pay Limit scheme? – and what are you not allowed to do?

You are only allowed to work in the job and in the company that you have been granted a permit to work in.

However, if you are granted a permit via the researcher track, you are allowed to change job content. 

Please note that your work permit can expire before your residence permit. This happens if you have been granted a permit to stay in Denmark for a period of time while looking for a new job.

It is important that you do not work during this so called job seeking period as it is only intended for job seeking in Denmark.

If you are offered a new job, you must apply for a new permit. This also applies if you are offered a new position within the same company. 

If you wish to take a sideline job, you have to obtain a separate permit.

You can read more about sideline employment here.

A Danish residence and work permit does not allow you to work in other Schengen countries.

A residence and work permit based on the Fast-track Scheme allows you to stay in Denmark for the period of time your permit is valid. 

In addition, a permit allows you to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days within the latest 180 days period. The permit, however, does not allow you to work in other Schengen countries.

Normally, with a Danish residence permit, you must not give up your Danish address or stay abroad for longer than 6 successive months. A violation will result in the lapse of your permit

With a permit based on the Fast-track scheme, you are exempt from these rules that can cause your permit to lapse. Hence, you are allowed to give up your Danish address if you stay abroad for a period of time.

If you are granted a job seeking permit after the expiry of your employment contract, the exemption from the rules that can cause your permit to lapse does not apply during the job seeking period.  

If you periodically reside abroad and do not receive the salary stated when you applied for a residence and work permit, you and your employer must be able to provide documentation that you have not been residing in Denmark during the periods in question. 

This can be documented by providing the following documentation:

  • Deregistration from the CPR registry if you are residing outside of Denmark for more than 90 days

  • Boarding pass

  • Stamps in your passport

  • Information or data from your company’s HR department – e.g. a statement of leave

  • Documentation of received salary abroad

Your employer can be requested to provide this documentation if you apply for extension of your permit or as a part of our verification and spot-check procedures.

You must be able to support yourself and your family during your stay. You are not allowed to receive benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act, e.g. social security benefits.

If you or your family members receive such benefits during your stay, your permit can be revoked – and you will lose the right to stay in Denmark.

If an authority, e.g. a municipality, disburses benefits to foreign nationals, SIRI will be notified.

 You can see a list of benefits that you are not allowed to receive here.

With a residence permit in Denmark, you are entitled to free Danish lessons. However, you must have turned 18 years and have your Danish address registered in the Danish National Register.

Your municipality of residence is obliged to offer you Danish lessons and refer you to a language centre. 

If you have not been offered Danish lessons within a month after registering your address in Denmark, you can contact your municipality. 

You will be taught together with other foreign nationals who have arrived in Denmark recently.

If you are going to stay and work in Denmark, there are a number of things to acquaint yourself with. Depending on your personal situation, you might need other important information and options.

The portal lifeindenmark.dk provides you with information, links and in many cases also options concerning the most important subjects such as:

  • NemID

  • The CPR register

  • Health card

  • Tax matters

  • Holiday entitlements 

  • School and daycare

  • Housing

  • Danish lessons

  • Car registration and driver’s license

How long can I stay in Denmark?

If you apply from abroad, you can be granted a residence permit valid for 1 month before you start working. It will give you the time to settle in Denmark. When you apply, you must declare that you can support yourself and any accompanying family members during this time.  If you do not declare this, your residence permit will be valid for 14 days before you start working.

If you apply in Denmark, your residence permit will be valid from the day you start working.

If you are employed for a shorter period than 4 years, your residence and work permit will normally be valid for the period of your employment. If you wish to continue working in Denmark after this time, you must apply for an extension of your residence and work permit.

In addition, you will automatically be granted a 6 month job seeking permit allowing you to look for a new job in Denmark.

You are not allowed to work during your job seeking period. 

If you find a new job, you must submit a new application based on the new job – it can either be based on the Fast-track scheme or it can be based on another of our work schemes. When you have submitted your application based on the new job, you do not have to wait for your permit before you start working. You can start your new job on the day you submit the new application.

If your employment contract is extended, you must apply for an extension of your residence and work permit. 

It is very important that you apply for an extension before your permit expires.

If you submit your application for an extension in time, you can stay in Denmark and continue to work even though your permit is expiring.

If your employment is for a period of 4 years or more, you will normally be granted a permit valid for 4 years. If you wish to continue to work after the first 4 year, you must apply for an extension of your residence and work permit based on the extension of your employment.  

It is very important that you apply for an extension before your permit expires.

If you submit your application for an extension in time, you can stay in Denmark and continue to work, even though your permit is expiring.

A permit for a short-term stay can have a maximum duration of 3 months within a period of 1 year.

The permit cannot be extended and the 3 months cannot be divided between different stays. The 3 months are counted from your date of entry into Denmark.

If the duration of your employment contract is shorter than 3 months, your permit will expire 14 days later than the expiry of your contract – however, the total period cannot exceed 3 months.

A residence permit can only be valid until 90 days before the expiry date of your passport.

If your passport has a shorter validity than the otherwise possible period of stay, your residence permit will be shortened. This means that the validity of your residence permit will be shorter than it could be. When you have renewed your passport, you can apply for an extension of your residence permit – however, this can only be done 90 days before your permit expires at the earliest. 

Read more about the passport requirements.

What should I do, if I lose or change my job?

If you are granted a permit based on this scheme, your residence permit is linked to your job in Denmark. Your employment is the basis for your permit.

You must always inform SIRI if you lose or change your job.

Your work permit is limited to the employment that is the basis for your permit.  You are not allowed to work in other positions than the one stated in your permit.

You must inform SIRI if you lose your job. Your residence and work permit will be revoked as it is based on this exact job. 

However, if you become unemployed through no fault of your own, e.g. due to cutbacks, you can apply for an extra 6 month residence permit allowing you to look for a new job in Denmark. 

You must apply for a job seeking permit no later than 2 days after your employment ends.

Please note that you cannot be granted a job seeking permit if your permit is based on track 4 – the short-term stay.

You are not allowed to work while you have a job seeking permit.

If you find a new job, you must apply for a new residence and work permit based on one of our work schemes. When you have submitted your new application, you can start working even though you have not been granted a permit yet. More about this job change rule here.

If you find a new job while working in Denmark, you must submit a new application for a residence and work permit with information on your new employment. When you have submitted your new application, you can start working even though SIRI has not granted you a permit yet.

Can my family be granted a residence permit?

A residence and work permit based on a job in Denmark allows your family to come with you to Denmark. 

A permit can be granted to your spouse, registered or cohabiting partner as well as children under the age of 18 living at home.

Read more about accompanying family members here.

Your family will also be exempt from the rules that can cause their permits to lapse. They are allowed to give up their Danish address in periods when staying abroad, and they are allowed to stay abroad for longer than 6 successive months. 

What more do I need to know before I apply?

An application for a residence permit based on the Fast-track scheme is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). If you are in Denmark when submitting the application, you must be here legally. More about submission here.

You must have an employment agreement with a company registered in Denmark and certified by SIRI to be able to apply. 

Before submitting the application, you must create a case order ID for the application and pay a fee to cover SIRI’s case processing expenses. You can do this on the “How to apply” tab to the right. Your employer can be the one to create the case order ID and pay the fee.

On the “How to apply” tab to the right, you and your employer can also find the application form that your employer must fill in – AR6.

You must grant your employer power of attorney to handle the application on your behalf. 

SIRI will contact you or your employer if we need further information to process your case.

This tab is directed at employers who will be submitting an application on behalf of the applicant.

Below you will find a step-by-step guide to submitting an application to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

It is important that you and the applicant have carefully read the conditions for being granted a residence permit before you begin step 1. You can do this on the tab “Need to know” on the left.

If you are a commuter and will not be residing in Denmark and for this reason will only apply for a work permit, you do not need to create a case order ID or pay a fee. Instead you kan go directly to step 3. Read more about commuting here.

 

When submitting an application or appeal with a fee, you must first create a case order ID.

Case type:

The fast track scheme

Fee:

DKK 3.280,-

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Are you sure a fee is not required to be paid in your case?

Only certain applicants are exempt from paying a fee. If the immigration authorities decide at a later stage that the applicant/appelant is not exempt from paying a fee, the application/appeal will be rejected.
If you have paid a fee and the following case handling shows that the fee should not have been paid, the whole fee will be refunded.

In certain cases the fee is not warranted (fee exemption). Examples are:

  • The Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey
  • Denmark’s international obligations
  • Citizenship of the EU/EEA

You are still required to create a case order ID, even if you are not required to pay a fee.

If you have paid a fee and it is not warranted, the whole fee will be refunded.

Read more about Fee exemption

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All fees are regulated every year on 1 January. Make sure to create your Case Order ID, pay the fee and submit your application in the same calendar year. If you pay the fee before 1 January and submit your application after 1 January, your application may be rejected.

If no case order ID is shown in the field below, please type your case order ID and click on View payment status.

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Please include the following information when paying the fee online using a Danish internet bank.

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Order payment form

On this page you can order a payment form which you can use to pay the fee at a post office or in a bank. 

The payment form will be sent to the address you give below. 

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The employer completes the application form.

In this step you have access to the relevant application form, AR6.

Make sure that you have completed all the preceeding steps before you begin.

All our application forms contain careful instructions on how to complete the form and what kind of documents you must submit along with the form.

You need a power of attorney from the applicant in order to use the form AR6

Read more about power of attorney and download an approved power of attorney standard here.

Make sure you have all documents ready in digital form, in order to attach them as you complete the application form.

 

Use the online form AR6

When applying for a residence permit, the applicant must have his or her biometric features recorded.

This means that the applicant must have a facial photo taken and his or her fingerprints recorded. The facial photo and fingerprints will be stored on a microchip embedded in the residence card, which will be issued to the applicant if he or she is granted a permit.

SIRI can only begin processing the application after biometrics have been recorded by the applicant. This must happen no later than 14 days after the submission date of the application.

If you do not agree to have your biometric features recorded, your application will be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed.

Read more about biometrics here.

If you want a quick job start

If you want to make use of the option of a quick job start, you can go directly to the next steps.

If you do not want a quick job start

The applicant must have his or her biometric features recorded no later than 14 days after you submit the application.

Your biometric features can be recorded at

In certain countries Denmark does not have a diplomatic mission or application centre. In these instances the list will refer the applicant to one of the Norwegian missions with which Denmark has made an agreement or to the nearest Danish diplomatic mission or application centre in the region.

If the applicant is residing in a country where he is referred to a Norwegian diplomatic mission, he or she must submit two passport photos. If he or she is granted a residence permit based on the application, the applicant must have his or her biometric features recorded within a specifi time frame after entry to Denmark

We recommend that you visit the local diplomatic mission’s webpage to get more information before you submit the application. The individual diplomatic mission can have additional requirements regarding payment of additional fees, submission of additional passport photos or additional copies of the application.

You want a quick job start – and the applicant is already in Denmark

If the application has been submitted and the applicant is residing legally in Denmark, since the applicant

  • is holding a valid visa,
  • is exempt from the visa requirement or
  • already holds a valid residence permit.

the applicant can appear in SIRI’s Citizen Centre and ask for a temporary permit in order to begin working immediately. You must book an appointment via a link in the receipt the employer receives after submitting the application or by contacting the employers contact person at SIRI. It is not possible to book an appointment for this meeting here on newtodenmark.dk.

At the meeting SIRI will perform a number of checks, including an identity check, a check that the applicant has not been registered as unwanted in the Schengen area and the employer is a certified company. In addition, we will check that the processing fee has been paid. Finally, the foreign national's biometric features must be recorded. 

The applicant must bring the following to the meeting

You want a quick job start – you are staying abroad and cannot travel to Denmark without a visa

If the application has been submitted, and you need a visa in order to travel legally to Denmark, your employer must send an email to work@siri.dk and inform SIRI that you want a quick job start.

In the email the employer must state the case order ID used in the application and the reference number stated in the receipt.

You must then as soon as possible have your biometrics recorded at the nearest Danish diplomatic mission or application centre. This must happen no later than 14 days after submitting the application.

You have submitted your application succesfully if you have:

  • created a case order ID
  • paid the fee
  • submitted the application
  • had your biometric features recorded

You can see the normal case processing time to the right on this page. When we make a decision in your case, you will receive an answer.

SIRI will contact you if we need further information to process your case.

If you have asked for a quick job start from abroad, we will typically make a decision no later than 10 days after we have received the application incl. biometircs and the processing fee. However, this requires that we have all the necessary information.

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