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.
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
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.