Mar 24, 2023

The Danish Parliament Passes New Rules for Residence Permits Based on Work and Study

On 23 March 2023 the Danish Parliament passed a number of amendments to the Danish Aliens Act which affect different schemes handled by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

Among the changes to the work schemes, a new scheme, the supplementary Pay Limit scheme, will be available. The scheme can be used by third-country nationals who are employed in Denmark with an yearly salary of at least DKK 375,000. As well as the Fast Track scheme will include a supplementary pay limit track with the same minimum yearly salary.

Additionally, the Positive List for People with a Higher Education and the Start-up Denmark scheme will open up for a broader range of applicants.

As for the changes to the study schemes, third-country nationals that complete a Danish professional bachelor, bachelor, master or PhD programme will automatically be granted a job seeking period of 3 years with the right to work for three years after having completed their educational programme.

The Establishment card, instead, will be abolished as a scheme. However, third-country nationals with a residence permit under this scheme will still be able to apply for an extension of their establishment card after 1 April 2023.

The new rules come into effect as of 1 April 2023.

The relevant application pages and schemes will be published on newtodenmark.dk on 1 April 2023.