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Sideline employment

If you have been granted a residence permit based on salaried work, it is possible to apply for a permit for sideline employment.

A permit for sideline employment is only a work permit. It will therefore not constitute sufficient grounds for an independent residence and work permit. A permit for sideline employment will therefore lapse if the residence and work permit based on your primary employment is revoked or not extended. Please note that special rules apply for researchers.

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Permission to take sideline employment will be made on an individual basis.

You do not need to pay a fee for an application for a permit for sideline employment and you do not need to have your biometric features recorded.

Requirements

In order to be granted a permit for sideline employment, you must submit an application and attach a specific job offer. It is a requirement that the salary and terms of employment of your sideline employment correspond to Danish standards.

In order to be granted a permit for sideline employment, it is a requirement that your sideline employment is naturally related to your primary job which formed the basis for granting you a residence and work permit. Examples of this include:

  • a chef applying for a permit for sideline employment in an area of specialty with another employer,
  • a musician applying for a permit for sideline employment as an instructor at a academy of music,
  • a dentist applying for a permit for sideline employment in order to work in an out-of-hours medical service every other weekend, or
  • a researcher wishing to be affiliated several Danish universities as a researcher.

A permit for sideline employment is normally granted with a view to sideline employment of up to 8-15 hours per week and total employment of up to 45 hours per week.

Please note that full-time employment is not a requirement for researchers.

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Please note that there are specific requirements for foreign nationals holding a residence and work permit as a professional athlete or coach.

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Duration

A permit for sideline employment can be granted for the same period as the residence and work permit granted for your primary job. The permit cannot, however, be granted for a period beyond your employment contract’s end date.

You can apply for an extension of your permit for sideline employment, if you continue in the same job and if you continue to meet the requirements for your residence and work permit based on your primary job.



Last update: 10/11/2016
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