Normal processing time

1 month

Processing fee

No fee

What is sideline employment?
What are the conditions?
What are my rights, if I am granted a permit?
What is the maximum duration of a sideline employment permit?
What should I do if I lose my sideline job or find a new one?
What more do I need to know before I apply?

What is sideline employment?

If you hold a residence permit based on a job with a specific employer, and you wish to take a sideline job, you can apply for a sideline employment permit.

A permit for sideline employment is solely a work permit. Hence, sideline employment cannot form the basis for a separate residence and work permit.

If you hold a residence permit in order to obtain authorisation as a doctor or a dentist, e.g. if you are doing an ‘employment for adaptation and training purposes’ (evalueringsansættelse), you must use this application page.

Please note that specific rules apply to researchers. Read more here

What are the conditions?

Your sideline employment must be naturally related to the job that forms the basis of your residence and work permit. Examples of this include:

  • you are a chef and you want a permit for sideline employment within an area of speciality with another employer,
  • you are a musician and you want a permit for sideline employment as an instructor at an academy of music,
  • you are a dentist and you want a permit for sideline employment in order to work in an out-of-hours medical service every other weekend, or
  • you are a researcher wishing to be affiliated with several universities as a researcher. Read more about researchers here.

Special conditions apply to sideline employment if you hold a residence and work permit as a professional athlete or coach. Read more here.

The salary and terms of employment of the sideline job 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 in which you are going to work.

When you apply, you must attach a copy of your employment contract or job offer. All terms of employment must be stated in the contract or the job offer.

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.

Normally, you can be granted a permit for sideline employment that allows you to work for 8-15 hours per week.

If you are a researcher, your main job does not have to be full-time employment. Therefore, the number of working hours in your main job influence how many hours of sideline employment you will be permitted to take. This is not necessarily limited to the above-mentioned 8-15 hours per week.

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

You must not take other sideline jobs than the one your permit is granted for.

If you are offered a new sideline job, you must apply for a new permit. This also applies if you are offered a new position within the same company. You must not start working before you have obtained a new permit.

What is the maximum duration of a sideline employment permit?

You can be granted a permit for sideline employment valid for the same period as your main job – however, the validity cannot exceed the duration of your job contract.

You can apply for an extension of your sideline employment permit if you are still holding the same sideline job and if you continue to meet the conditions for your main job permit. 

What should I do if I lose my sideline job or find a new one?

You must always inform SIRI if you lose your sideline job or find a new one.

Your permit for sideline employment is limited to the job that is the basis of 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 find a new sideline job while working in Denmark, you must submit a new application for a work permit with information on your new employment.

You must not begin your new sideline job before you have been granted a new permit.

Your sideline employment permit is revoked if your residence and work permit for your main job is revoked or you are denied an extension.

If you are a researcher, and you have been granted a permit for sideline employment as a researcher, you are able to apply for a residence permit based on this job.

What more do I need to know before I apply?

An application for sideline employment is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

On the “How to apply” tab to the right, you find the relevant application form, AR1. You can choose between an online form and a print form. It is best to use the online form as it is both safer and more efficient. 

Your employer must complete one of the two parts of the form – and if you use the online form, your employer must be the first to complete his or her part. When your employer has completed his or her part, a reference number and password will be shown, which your employer must pass on to you. You are then able to open the online application and complete your part.

If you have granted your employer power of attorney to handle the application on your behalf, your employer must use the AR6 online form. This form is completed by the employer only.  

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.

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.

If you submit documents not written in English, German, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, you must also submit certified translations into Danish or English.

You must submit:

Expect to use

30 minutes

completing the application

2 persons

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 forms. You can choose between an online form and a print form. It is best to use the online form as it is both safer and more efficient.

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.

Online applications

If you apply online, you must use AR1 online, in which you and your employer each are required to complete separate parts of the form.

In the AR1 online form your employer must complete the first of the two parts of the form. When your employer has completed his or her part, a reference number and password will be shown, which your employer must pass on to you. You are then able to open the online application and complete your part.

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 AR1

 

Printable application forms

In the printable application form AR1 your employer must complete part 2 of the form. When your employer has completed his or her part, you must complete your part. Once parts 1 and 2 have been completed, they must be submitted together – read more in the next step.

You must submit the necessary documents with the application.

The printable application form in Word format can be completed on screen before you print. The application form in pdf format must be printed first and then completed by hand.

Download the printable form AR1 (Word format) 

Download the printable form AR1 (Pdf format)

You have applied online

If you have applied online, your application has already been submitted.

You have completed the printable form

You can submit the application in SIRI’s Citizen Centre in Copenhagen. If you live outside the Greater Copenhagen area, you can also submit the application at a local police station with facilities for recording biometrics.

If you plan to submit you application I SIRI’s Citizen Centre, you must remember to book an appointment

See a list of local police stations, where you can submit your application

 You can also send the application to SIRI.

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.

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