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Commuters

As a foreign national residing legally in a nearby country you can be granted a work permit in Denmark if you meet the conditions for a residence permit under one of the work schemes listed below.

In addition, it is a basic condition for a work permit as a commuter that you reside legally in a country, from where it is likely that you can commute back and forth between your country of residence and Denmark on a daily basis.

The work schemes are: the Fast-track scheme, the Positive list, the Pay Limit scheme, Start-up Denmark (entrepreneur), researchers, guest researchers, trainees, special individual qualifications, herdsmen and farm managers, employees on moveable oil rigs etc. and PhD students.

Read more about the various schemes here 

How to apply for a work permit as a commuter  

In order to apply for a work permit in Denmark both you and your employer (e.g. a company, research institution or sports club) must contribute the relevant information necessary to process the application. The easiest and quickest way for all involved is to submit an online application.

Read more about the application process

Please note that you do not need to pay a fee for an application for a work permit as a commuter. Nor do you need to create a case order ID.

Personal data card (used for issuing proof of the right to work)

If you as a foreign national apply for a work permit as a commuter, you do not need to have you biometric features recorded.

Instead you must complete and sign a personal data card. The personal data card must be submitted along with the application form or sent by post to us subsequently.

You can retrieve and print the personal data card here

Duration


The duration of your work permit follow the same rules as when granted a residence and work permit under one of the above mentioned schemes.

If you are granted a work permit based on an unlimited job contract (that is, a job contract with no expiration date), the duration of your permit will normally be four years.

If you are granted a residence and work permit based on a temporary job contract, the duration of your permit will be the same as that of your job contract.

If you wish to continue you employment in Denmark after the expiration date of your first permit, you must submit an application for an extension before your permit expires – no sooner, however, than three months before the expiration date. Once you have submitted an application for an extension of your work permit, you have the right to continue employment in the job your were originally granted a permit for while your application is being processed. The right to continue your employment is conditional upon you being employed in the same job and under the same conditions.

Please note that it is a requirement that your passport is valid for at least three months beyond the period of time you are applying for a permit for.

Read more about passport requirements in connection with your application

If you change your job


If your find a new job while holding a work permit as a commuter, you are able to begin working in your new job before being granted a new work permit. All you need to do is submit an application no later than the day you start your new job.

If you change your job and submit a new application for a work permit as a commuter under the Pay Limit scheme, please be aware the minimum amount is regulated every year.

In the same way, if you are granted a work permit under the Positive List, please be aware the the list is revised every six months.

If you are holding a Danish work permit and think about moving to Denmark

A work permit as a commuter does not give you the right to reside in Denmark. You must therefore remember to submit an application for a residence and work permit, if you wish to move to Denmark.

Read more about the application process and your right, if applicable, to reside in Denmark during the processing of your application

Job seeking in Denmark


There are several web portals, databases and CV bases which can be useful in the process of seeking work in Denmark.

Read more about job seeking in Denmark



Last update: 1/26/2017
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