25 MAY 2019

DENMARK: Immigration criteria updates

Denmark has made some changes to immigration criteria, effective 1 June 2019.

Working hours 

Employers offering high-paid roles to foreign workers must ensure they apply for the residence and work permit via the Pay Limit Scheme. High paid roles are where the employee earns an annual salary of DKK 426,985.06 or higher.

Under this Pay-Limit Scheme, the minimum working hours has dropped from 37 hours per week to 30 hours per week.

Updated condition for the Fast-Track Scheme

The 'Company Fast-Track Certificate' was introduced to make it easier and quicker for reputable Danish companies to hire foreign applicants who are highly paid, researchers or attending high-level training.

Danish companies can still apply for the Fast-Track Certificate via the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) for such corporate level approval, however one of the qualifying criteria has been updated and made stricter:

Within the last year, The Danish Company must not have been convicted more than twice with fines of at least DKK 60,000 (companies with up to 250 employees) or DKK 100,000 (companies with more than 250 employees) under the Danish Aliens Act.

How does this affect your organisation?

•  Employers hiring foreign workers under the pay-limit scheme should take into consideration the lowered minimum working hours as employees or applicants may request reduced working hours.

•  Danish companies must ensure that they meet the new stricter criteria for eligibility for the Company Fast-Track Certificate and the benefits it brings



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