Immigration Updates – 22nd of July

Contributor(s): Daniel King
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    General Updates


    The Danish government has announced upcoming changes to the rules for international recruitment.

    Pay Limit Scheme

    Effective 1 December 2022, the minimum annual salary for the Pay Limit Scheme (and the pay limit track on the Fast-Track Scheme) will be lowered to DKK 375,000 (currently this is set at DKK 448,000).

    A residence and work permit will be valid for 5 years instead of 4 years, but there will be a new requirement that the gross unemployment exceeds 3.75% and that the job has been posted on Jobnet and EURES.

    The new conditions will be cancelled if more than 15,000 applicants obtain a residence and work permit on these terms.

    The Pay Limit Scheme is for applicants who have an employment contract with or confirmed assignment to a Danish entity which gives them a salary at or above a certain level and are not eligible for the Fast-Track Scheme.

    Fast-Track Scheme

    Companies will be able to use the fast-Track Scheme to sponsor foreign national employers if they employ at least 10 full-time Danish employees (rather than 20 currently).

    The Fast-Track Scheme means that the applicant can begin working in Denmark immediately after the submission of the application for a residence and work permit and a brief meeting with the Danish Immigration Authorities

    Positive List

    The “Positive List” of shortage occupations will be expanded and made more predictable, with professions staying on the list for at least 2 years.

    A new Positive List was published recently.

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