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The ESS scheme

If you are participating in PhD studies or if you been offered employment at the research facility European Spallation Source (ESS) in Sweden, you can be granted a residence permit which allows you to reside in Denmark.

The residence permit does not allow you to work in Denmark. If you wish to work in Denmark in addition to your employment at ESS, you must apply for a separate work permit (application for sideline employment). However, if you are participating in PhD studies at ESS and are granted a residence permit in Denmark, you will at the same time be granted a work permit that allows you to work for up to 20 hours a week in Denmark in addition to your PhD studies at ESS.

Conditions

It is a condition that you participate in PhD studies or have been offered employment related to research activities at ESS in Sweden.

In order to be granted a residence permit, it is a condition that your PhD studies or employment would have been sufficient grounds for obtaining a residence permit in Denmark, if ESS was located in Denmark.

Read more about the various schemes that make it possible for highly qualified professionals to obtain a residence and work permit in Denmark

You must show an employment contract or a specific employment offer from ESS and a valid work permit in Sweden. If you have not been granted a work permit in Sweden at the time you submit the application for a residence permit in Denmark, you must within three months from obtaining a Danish residence permit submit either:

  • documentation of a valid Swedish residence permit or
  • documentation that you have an ongoing case with the Swedish immigration authorities.

The documentation must be submitted to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.

Read more about how to contact the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration

The permit will not lapse during stays abroad

If you have obtained a Danish residence permit based on participation in PhD studies or employment at ESS in Sweden, you can - within the validity period of the residence permit - alternately reside in Denmark and abroad without the permit lapsing.

Normally a residence permit will automatically lapse and become invalid if the foreign national gives up his or her residence in Denmark or if he or she has lived outside Denmark for more than six months. Normally the foreign national will need to apply for a new permit in order to return to Denmark. These regulations, however, do not apply to foreign nationals with a Danish residence permit based on participation in PhD studies or employment at ESS.

Duration for employees at ESS

If you are granted a residence and work permit on the grounds of an unlimited job contract (that is, a job contract with no expiration date) with ESS, the duration of your permit will normally be four years. After this point, you can apply for an extension of your permit if you continue to be employed in a position related to the research activities at ESS. If your permit expires and you have applied for an extension and you continue to be employed in a position related to the research activities at ESS, you have the right to remain in Denmark while your application is being processed.

If you are granted a residence and work permit on the grounds of a temporary job contract with ESS, the duration of your permit will be the same as that of your job contract plus six months (but no longer than four years in total). The reason is that you are granted an additional six months’ permit to allow you to look for a new job when your job contract expires. During the job seeking period you are not allowed to work. If you manage to find a new job, you must apply for a new residence and work permit no later than on the day you begin at your new job.

If you submit your application from your country of origin or another country where you have legally resided for at least the past three months, you can be granted a residence permit valid for one month prior to the date your job begins. This is to enable you to get settled in Denmark. It is a condition that you declare that you can support yourself and any accompanying family members for one month prior to beginning at your new job. If you do not declare this, your residence permit will be valid for 14 days prior to the date your job begins. If you submit your application in Denmark, your residence permit will be valid from the date your job begins.

Please note that it is a requirement that your passport is valid for at least three months beyond the duration of the residence permit you apply for.

Duration for PhD students at ESS

If you are granted a residence permit based on participation in PhD studies at ESS, the residence permit will have a duration equal to the duration of your PhD studies. If you are only to complete part of your PhD studies at ESS, the residence permit will have a duration equal to the length of you PhD studies at ESS.
 
If you have been granted a residence permit in order to follow a complete PhD programme at ESS, your residence permit will be valid for an additional six months after you complete the programme. This allows you to look for work in Denmark after having completed your studies.

Please note that it is a requirement that your passport is valid for at least three months beyond the duration of the residence permit you apply for.

If you lose your job

If you lose your job through no fault of your own, e.g. due to cutbacks, you can get an additional six months' residence permit to look for a new job. In this case, you must apply for a residence permit for jobseeking no later than two days after your job contract expires. You can apply by letter or by using the application form AR1 (filling in only the applicant’s part). Please attach a letter of termination or other documentation which explains why you lost your job, and a copy of your valid passport. Please note that a fee must be paid for this type of application, and the receipt must be attached. In order to get the additional six months' residence, it is a condition that you are not receiving public assistance under the active social policy act (social benefits).

If you find a new job

If you find a new job in Denmark while you are working at ESS, or while you hold a residence permit for jobseeking in Denmark, you must apply for a new residence and work permit. However, you may begin your new job in Denmark before you have received your new permit, provided that you submit your application no later than the day you start your new job.

How to apply


Read more about how to apply for a residence permit under the ESS scheme

Family members

If you have been granted a residence permit under the ESS scheme, you can bring certain family members.

Read more about residence permit for accompanying family members 



Last update: 12/30/2016
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