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Denmark Work Visas & Permits

If you are interested in expanding your business to Denmark, you may also want to bring in specialized workers from abroad to help. To bring foreign employees into Denmark, you will usually need Denmark work visas.

The process of getting Denmark work visas for your employees can be difficult, with a different language, administrative barriers, and unique regulations all adding to the complexity. However, it’s vital that you follow the process properly or you could encounter delays to your Denmark expansion.

At Horizons, our foreign expansion specialists offer a wide range of Denmark work visa services, immigration support, and outsourcing, to help your business hire global talent in Denmark and expand more effectively.

Requirements for Denmark work visas

As Denmark is a member of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA), nationals of EU/EEA countries do not need visas to come to Denmark. For national of any other countries, there are more stringent requirements. 

The exact requirements for Denmark work visas vary depending on the type of visa, but the following are some of the most common:

  • Application form and fees
  • Valid passport
  • Job offer/official contract of employment
  • Passport photos
  • Proof of work experience/qualifications

Types of Denmark visas

As mentioned above, national of EU/EEA countries do not need a visa for Denmark. Additionally, residents of other Scandinavian countries do not need visas to work and live in Denmark and have even fewer restrictions than those from other EU/EEA countries.

For people coming from outside of these areas, there are a number of visas available. Some of the most commonly used are:

  • Positive List Scheme
  • Fast-Track Scheme
  • Pay Limit Scheme
  • Research/Academic Schemes (various options within these categories)
  • Special Individual Qualifications Scheme

The best visa for a specific employee will vary, so should be determined on a case-by-case basis.

How to get a Denmark work visa

Applications for Danish work visas can almost always be completed online via the government’s immigration website. In some cases, it may be best for you (the employer) to handle the applications, for which the employee will need to grant you power of attorney.

All of the requirements will be made clear throughout the application process, and everything can be done online, such as submission of necessary documents and payment of any fees. The most common forms are the AR1 and the AR6 (for employers).

After their application has been submitted, employees have two weeks to give their biometric data and photos. This can be done at the employee’s local Danish embassy/consulate/other officially designated location.

Additional considerations

If any of your employees need to bring family members along with them to Denmark, these family members will generally need to apply separately. The process is far simpler for EU/EEA nationals and those from other Scandinavian countries.

It is also important to start your preparation and gather any relevant documents well in advance, as applications can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete.

How can Horizons help?

Horizons supports businesses throughout all stages of their expansion into Denmark, and part of that service is helping employees obtain Danish work visas. Our Denmark work visa specialists offer expert advice and tailored outsourcing solutions to support you through the nation’s complicated visa process. 

We will ensure that your organization is in full compliance with Denmark’s immigration and employment regulations, save you time, and answer any questions you may have about the immigration process.

Additionally, we offer a wide range of outsourcing solutions covering recruitment, payroll setup and management, HR, administration, and more to help your company start trading and growing in Denmark as rapidly and effectively as possible, even if you don’t have an official subsidiary registered in the country.

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