22 June 2017

DENMARK: Changes in immigration regulations

Denmark has recently implemented two changes in the immigration regulations. One is about stricter requirements for obtaining permanent residence, and the other defines the salary requirements for work permits under the Pay-Limit Scheme for non-EU nationals.

Tighter regulations to obtain Permanent Residence

As of 4 May 2017, Denmark has adapted stricter requirements for permanent residence. Note that these changes will also be applied to all applications that have been submitted after 15 March 2017.

The changes for non-EU nationals looking to obtain permanent residence are:

  • The applicant may not have received any benefits from the government in Denmark for the last 4 years;
  • The applicant must show that they have been employed full-time for at least 3,5 years in the past 4 years;
  • The applicant must have resided legally in Denmark for 8 years (as opposed to 6 years, which was previously the case). This is not required if an applicant can fulfil the supplementary requirements, as shown below. In case an applicant also meets all four of the supplementary requirements (as opposed to two out of four requirements, which was previously the case), the applicant can quality for residency after 4 years. 

The supplementary requirements are:

  • The applicant must pass the citizenship exam or show ‘active citizenship’ in Denmark for a minimum of 1 year;
  • The applicant must show that they have been employed full-time for at least 4 years in the past 4,5 years;
  • The applicant must have had a minimum taxable income of DKK 275,400 for the last 2 years;
  • The applicant must pass the ‘Dansk Prøve language test’.

Salary requirements for work permits 

As of 1 July 2017, there is a change in the rules for the Pay Limit Scheme for non-EU citizens residing in Denmark. The bill adopting the salary requirements was finalised on 2 June 2017 and it applies to all applications submitted from 1 July onwards.

The Pay Limit Scheme salary requirements are as follows:

  • The minimum threshold salary, a minimum 408.800 DKK per year; may not include paid housing, allowances or other company paid benefits such as company cars and internet as part of the salary calculation;
  • The salary must be paid into a Danish bank account.

Previously, housing and daily allowances could be included when calculating the total yearly salary to reach above the limit.

How does this affect the client?

Employers should be aware of the changed regulations regarding immigration and should adapt their processes accordingly.


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