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Special individual qualifications

You can be granted a residence and work permit if the particular job you are offered is so closely linked to you that only you can be assumed to carry it out.

This could apply in the case of:

  • artists and entertainers, such as singers, musicians and conductors
  • professional athletes and coaches
  • specialised chefs

Read more about artists and entertainers

Read more about athletes and coaches

Read more about specialised chefs

Conditions


You can be granted a residence and work permit based on your special individual qualifications. There must be particular reasons why the work should be carried out by you.

You must have a written job contract or job offer which specifies salary and employment conditions, and you must have obtained a Danish authorisation or similar official approval if required. Salary and employment conditions must correspond to Danish standards.

Duration

You will normally be granted a residence and work permit for one year at a time for the first two years. However, a permit is never granted for longer than the period specified in your employment contract. After the first two years, you may be granted a two-year extension, and after four years, you may be granted an extension of a maximum of three years at a time.

You can apply for an extension of your permit if you are still in the same job. If your permit expires, and you have applied for an extension, and you are still in the same job, on the same terms, as when you got your original permit, then you can stay in Denmark and continue working while your application for an extension is being processed.

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

Read more about passport requirements in connection with your application

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.

If you find a new job

If you find a new job while you are working, you must apply for a new residence and work permit. However, you may begin your new job 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 and work permit as an employee

Family members

If you have been granted a residence and work permit based on your special individual qualifications, you can bring certain family members.

Read more about residence permit for accompanying family members

The contact person arrangement

If you represent a company or business in Denmark with foreign employees, you can be assigned a contact person in the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration who can guide you through the rules and regulations.

Read more about the contact person arrangement



Last update: 9/22/2015
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