Labour Market Attachment
You work in Denmark, but you have lost your Danish residence permit based on family reunification, as a refugee or as an accompanying family member.
Normal processing time
Please note: At the moment, the processing time is prolonged and can be expected to take
What is the the Labour Market Attachment Scheme?
You can apply for a new residence permit based on your attachment to the labour market, if you have been working in Denmark for at least 2 years and your residence permit has been revoked or an extension has been refused.
The scheme applies to you, if you have held a residence permit as a refugee, a reunified family member or an accompanying family member to a foreign national with a residence permit according to one of the following schemes:
The Positive Lists
The Pay Limit scheme
Special Individual Qualifications
Herdsmen and Farm Managers
If your residence permit as an accompanying family member to a foreign national with a residence permit under the Establishment Card scheme or the former Greencard scheme has been revoked or an extension has been refused, you cannot be granted a residence permit under the Labour Market Attachment scheme.
You can be granted a residence permit based on skilled as well as unskilled work.
You must submit your application no later than 7 days after you have received the decision to revoke or refuse to extend your residence permit. This 7 day deadline is absolute.
What are the conditions?
You must have had legal and continual employment with the same employer for at least 2 years.
Your employment must be the same as at the time your residence permit was revoked or an extension was refused.
You must have a valid contract. If your employment requires it, you must in addition have a valid authorization. This could be the case if you are a medical doctor or nurse.
Your salary and terms of employment must correspond to Danish standards. This means that your salary, holiday entitlements, terms of notice etc. must not be inferior to the standards within the professional field where you are going to work.
When you apply you must attach a copy of your employment contract. The employment contract must contain information about your salary and terms of employment and a job description.
If SIRI has any doubts whether your salary and terms of employment correspond to Danish standards, we can ask experts in the field, e.g. one of the regional labour market councils, to assess your terms of employment.
Your previous residence permit must not have been revoked or an extension refused due to you giving wrongful information concerning conditions relevant to the residence permit.
Your previous residence permit must not have been revoked or an extension refused due to you receiving public benefits for your financial support in contradiction to the conditions that apply to your residence permit.
Your salary must be paid to a Danish bank account in a bank operating legally in Denmark.
Accordingly, your salary cannot be paid to you in cash or to a foreign bank account nor can expenses for rent, lunch or similar be deducted before the salary is paid to a Danish bank account.
It is not a requirement that the transfer to the Danish bank account must happen from a Danish bank account.
There are no immediate limits to the type of bank account you can use. A currency account or basic bank account can both be used.
Your salary can only consist of:
•Salary in the form of liquid assets
•Payments to labour market pension schemes
•Paid holiday allowance
Only paid holiday allowance from the employer whom you are currently allowed to work for can be counted as part of your salary.
If you earn holiday allowance paid to you 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.
Salary components like the following cannot be taken into account when assessing the wage level:
•Paid living and housing expenses
•Free use of car
•Other services offered to you by your employer.
The list is not complete.
One of the conditions for a residence permit under this scheme is that an accompanying family member (spouse, cohabiting partner, children or in certain circumstances other family members) has not had its residence permit revoked more than once due to lack of a required work permit.
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?
A residence and work permit 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.
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. This means that you will lose your right to stay in Denmark.
If you need to stay abroad for an extended period of time, e.g. if you are stationed abroad for a period of time by your employer, you can apply for a dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing.
You are only allowed to work in the job, for which you have been granted a permit.
If you are offered a new job, you must apply for a new permit under another scheme. This also applies if you are offered a new position in the same company.
If you are offered a new job within the same professional field and hold a permit under the Labout Market Attachment Scheme, you can apply for a new permit under the Job Change within the same Professional Field Scheme.
If you change your job, your permit based on labour market attachment will be revoked. If you wish to remain in Denmark, you must apply for a new permit based on the Job Change within the same Professional Field Scheme or based on one of the other existing schemes, e.g. the Pay Limit Scheme.
If you are offered sideline employment, you must apply for a specific work permit for this.
Please note that a Danish residence and work permit does not grant you the right to work in other Schengen countries.
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.
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:
- The CPR register
- Health card
- Tax matters
- Holiday entitlements
- School and daycare
- Danish lessons
- Car registration and driver’s license
With a residence permit in Denmark, you are entitled to partly user paid 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 center.
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.
How long can I stay in Denmark?
You can be granted a residence and work permit for up to 2 years at a time and after 4 years for up to 3 years at a time. If your employment is shorter than 2 years, you cannot be granted a permit for longer than the duration of your employment contract.
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 while we process your application even though your permit is expiring.
A residence permit can only be valid until 3 months 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 3 months before your permit expires at the earliest.
What should I do if I lose or change my job?
When you are granted a permit based on the Labour Market Attachment 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. This also applies if you are offered a new position in the same company.
If you hold a residence permit based on the Labour Market Attachment Scheme or a residence permit based on job change within the same professional field and if you become unemployed due to no fault of your own, you will automatically be granted a job seeking period of 3 months fra the termination of your employment.
If you find a new job while you are holding your current job, you must submit an application for a new residence and work permit with information on the new job.
With a new job you can no longer apply after the Labour Market Attachment Scheme. You must therefore submit an application based on one of SIRI's other work schemes. If you change to a job within the same professional field, you can apply for a new residence permit based on job change within the same professional field.
You are not allowed to begin working before you have been granted a new permit.
If you have been offered a new job with the same or improved salary and terms of employment within the same professional field, you can submit an application for a new residence and work permit with information on the new job.
A residence and work permit granted based on job change within the same professional field will grant you the same rights and the same duration as a permit after the Labour Market Attachment Scheme.
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.
What more do I need to know before I apply?
An application for a residence permit on the basis of work is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).
Before submitting your application, you must create a case order ID for your 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. Here you also find the relevant application form.
You must use application form AR1 online.
In application form AR1 online, your employer must complete the first of the two parts of the form. When your employer has completed his or her part, you must complete and sign your part of the form.
If you have granted your employer power of attorney to handle the application on your behalf, your employer can complete the entire form.
SIRI will contact you or your employer if we need further information to process your case.
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 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.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, in many places and in a number of situations it can be difficult to have your biometric features (fingerprints and facial photo) recorded, when you submit an application for a residence permit. The deadline for biometrics has therefore been extended to 4 weeks from the date you submitted the application. If you cannot meet this deadline please contact SIRI with an explanation why you have not been able to have your biometric features recorded. You can contact SIRI using our contact form.
When submitting an application or appeal with a fee, you must first create a case order ID.
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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The payment form will be sent to the address you give below.
It is a good idea to gather the necessary documents before you start to complete the application form. You can use the check list below.
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completing the application
You and your employer are each required to complete a part of the form.
In this step you and your employer have access to the relevant application form AR1 online.
Please note that it is mandatory to use AR1 online when you apply for a residence and work permit based on labour market attachment.
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.
Make sure you have all documents ready in digital form, in order to attach them as you complete the application form.
You have applied online
If you have applied online, your application has already been submitted. Read more about having your biometrics recorded in the next step.
When you apply for a residence permit, you must have your biometric features recorded. This means that you must have a facial photo taken and your fingerprints recorded. The facial photo and your fingerprints will be stored on a microchip embedded in the residence card, which will be issued to you if you are granted a permit.
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.
You can submit your application and have your biometric features recorded at the same time.
You can have your biomtric features recorded in one of SIRI's branch offices.
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 or your employer if we need further information to process your case.