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Residence permit for employees and PhD students at the European Spallation Source in Lund, Sweden

On 19 December 2016 the Danish Parliament passed a bill implementing the agreement concerning improved terms of recruitment of highly qualified employees to the European Spallation Source (ESS) which the government made with the Social Democrats (Socialdemokratiet), the Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti), Liberal Alliance, the Danish Social Liberal Party (Det Radikale Venstre), the Socialist People’s Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti) and the Conservative People’s Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti) in August 2016.

The changes introduced by the bill allows foreign nationals who are participating in PhD studies or are employed or has been offered employment at the research facility ESS in Sweden to be granted a residence permit in Denmark, if the participation in PhD studies or the employment at ESS is related to ESS’s research activities. In order to be granted a residence permit, it is a requirement that equivalent participation or employment in Denmark could form the basis for a residence permit if ESS was located in Denmark. It is also a requirement that the foreign national holds a Swedish work permit.

The changes to the bill take effect on 1 January 2017.

Read about bill here (in Danish only) (new window)

Read more about the new ESS scheme here

Last update: 1/3/2017
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Published by: The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration