Denmark Eases Visa Rules, Allows Short-Term Work Without Permits

Denmark has implemented new regulations that permit foreign workers employed by Danish companies to work in the country for short periods without the need for a work or residency permit. This move aims to enhance flexibility and boost business opportunities for Danish companies.
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In a bid to enhance flexibility for Danish companies and streamline the process for foreign employees, Denmark has implemented new regulations permitting certain foreign workers to operate within the country for short periods without the need for a work or residency permit.

Key Exemptions and Eligibility Criteria

Effective as of Friday, November 17, the exemption applies specifically to foreigners employed by subsidiaries of Danish companies. These individuals are now allowed to work in Denmark for two separate 15-day periods every six months, with a mandatory 14-day gap between the two periods.

To qualify for this exemption, foreign workers must be affiliated with a foreign branch or subsidiary of a Danish-registered company with a workforce of at least 50 employees.

Additionally, eligibility is contingent on the foreign worker’s legal right to enter and reside in Denmark. This can be established either through citizenship in a visa-free country or by holding a valid visa aligned with the new rule.

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Industry-Specific Restrictions

To ensure the exemption is utilized responsibly and aligns with national labour market priorities, the exemption is limited to medium and high-skill positions in specific industries, including;

  • Building and Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry and Horticulture
  • Cleaning
  • Window Cleaning
  • Hotel and Restaurant, and
  • Freight Transport.

Government’s Perspective on the Balanced Approach

Denmark’s immigration and integration minister, Kaare Dybvad Bek, representing the Social Democrats, commended the balanced approach adopted by the new exemption.

“Danish companies should not face challenges in bringing employees from their foreign branches to Denmark, even for general group meetings,” Bek stated. “We believe we have struck a balance, accommodating businesses’ need for flexible regulations while ensuring the exemption is not misused.”

Overall Impact and Implications

The introduction of this exemption is expected to streamline the process for foreign workers to contribute their expertise and skills to Danish companies, fostering a more dynamic and competitive business environment.

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This move aligns with Denmark’s commitment to attracting international talent and promoting economic growth.


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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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