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How To Get A Work Visa In Denmark

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​Looking to hire non-resident workers for a project in Denmark? If they contribute to the output of the project, or their visit surpasses 90 days, then you’ll need to apply for a work permit on their behalf.

Join us as we explore why Denmark makes an ideal project location – plus what’s involved in the visa application process.

Why choose Denmark?

While there’s no 13th or 14 month bonus as you would find in other European countries, like France, there are still many reasons candidates should be attracted to working in Denmark:

  • Minimum wage is €700 per month

  • 37.5-hour working week

  • 25 days’ holiday, plus 1% holiday supplement

  • 100% sick pay offered through the employer for 30 days

  • Expat, highly skilled, and researcher tax schemes

The special expatriate scheme allows expats to apply for a flat tax rate of 27% on their gross salary for up to 84 months – providing this exceeds at least DKK 72,500 per year, and the worker meets certain other conditions.

Other advantages of their tax system include:

  • Denmark income tax system: Progressive for personal income, with national taxes categorised as bottom and top tax.

  • Property value tax: This applies to both Danish properties and those in another country. It totals 0.92% annually for properties up to DKK 3,040,000 and 3% for those that surpass this.

  • Inheritance tax: This is usually charged regardless of the beneficiary country of residence, and can amount to 15%.

Which visa should you choose?

There are three main types of work permit in Denmark, each with their own benefits depending on what the role and project is:

  • Fast track scheme: This flexible visa is ideal for those who’ve received an offer from a company that’s certified by SIRI. It makes for easy hiring of those with special qualifications, and a quick job start.

  • The Pay Limit Scheme: This visa is for those on a high income (earning DKK 448,000 per year or more).

  • The positive list: This work permit is for those with a job offer where the profession is going through a shortage of qualified professionals in Denmark, for example engineers, doctors, medical consultants, and auditors.

What documents are required?

To apply for the visa on behalf of your contractor, this will involve the following paperwork:

  • The worker’s passport (and a copy of it) – this must be valid and have at least two blank pages.

  • Health insurance covering the full period of stay in Denmark.

  • A completed power of attorney form that permits the employer to submit on the worker’s behalf.

  • An employment contract or job offer (this cannot be older than 30 days).

  • A diploma or academic qualification substantiating that the worker is certified for the specific role.

  • Danish authorisation for the job (if required).

Organise a work visa in Denmark with WRS

There’s a lot that goes into securing a visa in Denmark. Thankfully, you can reduce the time and effort involved by utilising our years of experience in the area.

We’ll handle the entire process. As we’re fully registered to operate in Denmark, we ensure contractors get paid in the necessary currency – and the payment process is simplified through our online timesheet portal.

Seeking support with global mobilisation in Denmark or elsewhere? Contact our team today.

Disclaimer: Worldwide Recruitment Solutions does not provide visa, immigration or taxation advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended and should not be relied upon for visa, immigration or taxation advice. You should consult with a qualified immigration professional or the official government website of the country you're applying to for the most up-to-date and accurate information.