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Residence permit in order to obtain a Danish authorisation as a doctor or dentist

Foreign doctors and dentists who have been trained outside the EU/EEA can be granted a special residence permit in order to obtain a Danish authorisation as a doctor or dentist.

The residence permit is granted to enable the foreign doctor or dentist to acquire the professional and linguistic skills required to obtain a Danish authorisation, in addition to completing the required employment in a position for adaptation and training purposes - a so called evaluation employment or “evalueringsansættelse”.

It is only possible to be granted this specific type of residence permit if the Danish Patient Safety Authority has decided that your medical training can constitute the basis for a Danish authorisation. Please make sure to include the assessment from the Danish Patient Safety Authority with your application.

Application for a residence permit in Denmark in order to obtain a Danish authorisation
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Application for a residence permit in Denmark in order to obtain a Danish authorisation
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Please note: when applying for an extension it is mandatory to use the online application form. If you do not submit an online application form, SIRI can reject the application. This means that the application will not be processed and you must apply again.

Work

A residence permit granted in order to obtain a Danish authorisation as a doctor or dentist does not give you the right to work.

You must therefore apply for a work permit in order to be able to work in Denmark, including for evaluation employment.

A work permit for evaluation employment is granted in accordance with the evaluation employment contract between you and the concerned hospital. Your salary and terms of employment must correspond to Danish standards. It is also a requirement that you, before you apply for the work permit, have been granted a temporary authorisation – a so called evaluation authorisation or "evalueringsautorisation" – from the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

Apart from the work permit for evaluation employment, you can, as a holder of a residence permit in order to obtain authorisation as a doctor or dentist, apply for a work permit for additional work. The permit is granted based on a specific job offer. Your salary and terms of employment must correspond to Danish standards. There are no specific requirements as to the type of job, nor is it a requirement that you are employed full-time. This additional work permit can only be granted during the period in which you are holding a residence permit in order to obtain Danish authorisation as a doctor or dentist since it is meant to enable you to provide for yourself financially while you are seeking to qualify for a Danish authorisation.

Residence permit on other grounds
If you already hold a valid Danish residence permit, i.e. a greencard or a permit as an accompanying family member, you can continue to work as stipulated in the residence permit. At the same time you can complete the process of acquiring the professional and linguistic skills required to obtain a Danish authorisation as a doctor or dentist.

Duration and extension

The residence permit is initially granted for two years. You can be granted a two-year extension if you provide documentation that you have passed the Danish language test required to obtain a Danish authorisation.

Read more about the language test for medical doctors on the website of the Danish Patient Safety Authority (new window)

Read more about the language test for dentists on the website of the Danish Patient Safety Authority (new window)

You cannot have the residence permit extended beyond four years in total.

Please note that your residence permit can only be granted or extended up to three months before your passport expires. In other words, if your passport expires in 12 months, your residence permit can only be granted for, or extended by, nine months.

Financial requirements

In order to be granted a residence permit you must be able to support yourself and any accompanying family members during your stay in Denmark. You must include documentation of this with your application.

You must document that you have at your disposal an amount equal to Danish Start Help ('starthjælp') for one year.

Bank statements and similar documents can be used as documentation that you can support yourself and any accompanying family members.

There are differing rates of Start Help, depending on your age and number of dependants.

The monthly Start Help rates before tax are (2012 level):

  • DKK 5,523 for persons under the age of 25 living alone
  • DKK 6,660 for persons over the age of 25 living alone
  • DKK 5,523 per person for spouses or cohabiting partners
  • DKK 1,381 per child for married or cohabiting parents
  • DKK 1,666 per child for single parents

Example
If you apply for a residence permit and you wish to bring your spouse/partner and a child, you must document that you have at your disposal DKK 5,523 per month to support yourself, DKK 5,523 per month to support your spouse/partner, and DKK 1,381 per month to support your child. This means that you must document that you have at your disposal (5,523 + 5,523 + 1,381) x 12 = DKK 149,124 (equal to one year's Start Help).

Please note: If your child/children apply for a residence on their own, without your spouse/partner (the other parent of the child/children) applying for a residence partner, the monthly Start Help amound is DKK 1,666 per child.

Read more about how to apply for a work permit as an employee

Read more about the Danish Patient Safety Authority’s requirements for foreign doctors and dentists wanting to obtain a Danish authorisation (new Window)



Last update: 8/2/2017
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