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Self-employment

It is possible to be granted a work and residence permit in order to be self-employed and/or operate an independent company in Denmark.

If you already hold a Danish residence permit based on family reunification or asylum, or hold a residence permit on humanitarian grounds, you do not need a work permit in order to work in Denmark.

It is your own responsibility to obtain a work permit if you are required to. If you work illegally in Denmark, you risk deportation, and you and your employer risk fine or imprisonment.


Conditions

When processing your application, the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment will pay particular attention to the following conditions:

  • There must be particular Danish business interests related to the establishment of your business in Denmark
  • You must present documentation that you have access to sufficient financial means to run your business
  • Your presence and involvement must be vital to the establishment of the business, and you must participate actively in its day-to-day operation. If you have only financial interests in the business - for example, if you are a shareholder - you are not eligible for a Danish residence and work permit

Normally, you will not be eligible for a residence and work permit for the purpose of opening a restaurant, retail shop, small business enterprise, or similar, in Denmark.

Duration

If the nature or purpose of your company changes considerably, or if you shut down your company and open a new one, you must apply for a new residence and work permit.

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.

How to apply

Read more about how to apply for a residence and work permit as a self-employed person

Family members

If you have been granted a residence and work permit as a self-employed person, you can bring certain family members.

Read more about residence permit for accompanying family members



Last update: 9/2/2013
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