Jobseeking permit for employees
If you have a residence permit under the Fast Track Scheme, Pay Limit Scheme, Positive List for People with a Higher Education or as a researcher, but lose your job, you can be granted a residence permit to seek a new job in Denmark.
What is a jobseeking permit
A jobseeking permit is a residence permit valid for up to 6 months with the purpose to seek a new job in Denmark.
You are not allowed to work while you have a jobseeking permit, but if you find a new job during the jobseeking stay you must submit a new application for a residence and work permit under one of the job schemes.
Who can apply for a jobseeking permit?
You can apply for a jobseeking permit if you have a residence permit under
- The Positive List for People with a Higher Education,
- The Pay Limit Scheme,
- The Researcher Scheme or
- The Fast-track Scheme's pay limit track, researcher track or educational track
And you have lost your job through no fault of your own.
Please note that you cannot be granted a residence permit to look for a new job in Denmark, if you hold a residence and work permit under the Fast Track scheme's supplementary pay limit track.
If you have been granted a permit for less than 4 years under one of the abovementioned schemes your residence and work permit will normally be of the same length as your contract – in which case you would automatically have been granted a permit for jobseeking for a periode of up to 6 months where you can seek a new job in Denmark.
What are the conditions?
It is a condition that you have lost your job through no fault of your own, e.g. due to cut-backs. You may therefore not have caused yourself to lose your job.
You must apply for a permit no later than 2 days after your employment has been terminated.
Remember to enclose your letter of dismissal or other documentation as to the reason for you becoming unemployed.
You must pay a fee for the application. Remember to enclose the receipt when you apply.
You must continue to be able to support yourself. You must therefore not receive any social benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act, e.g. social security benefits.
What more do you need to know before you apply?
If you want to apply for a jobseeking permit you can continue in the tab ‘How to apply’.
Below you will find a step-by-step guide to submitting an application to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).
It is important that you have carefully read the conditions for being granted a residence permit before you begin step 1. You can do this on the tab “Need to know” on the left.
Choose the case order ID category of either the Fast-track Scheme, the Pay limit Scheme, the Positive List or the Researcher Scheme, according to your present permit situation.
It is a good idea to gather the necessary documents before you start to complete the application form. You can use the check list below.
If you submit documents not written in English, German, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, you must also submit certified translations into Danish or English.
Expect to use
completing the application
You yourself complete the form.
At this stage you have access to the relevant application form JS1.
Make sure you have completed all the preceeding steps before you begin.
You must submit the necessary documentation together with the application.
The application in word format can be filled in on your computer before you print. The application in pdf format must be printed before you can fill it in by hand.
You can submit the applicaton in one of SIRI’s branch offices.
You can also send the application to SIRI. Please use our contact form.
When you apply for a residence permit, you must have your biometric features recorded.
This means that you must have a facial photo taken and your fingerprints recorded. The facial photo and your fingerprints will be stored on a microchip embedded in the residence card, which will be issued to you if you are granted a permit.
SIRI can, as a rule, only start processing your application once you have had your biometric features recorded. This must happen no later than 14 days after you submitted your application.
If you do not agree to have your biometric features recorded, your application will be rejected. This means that your application will not be processed.
You can have your biometric features recorded in one of SIRI’s branch offices.
You have submitted your application succesfully if you have:
- created a case order ID
- paid the fee
- submitted the application
- had your biometric features recorded
SIRI will contact you or your employer if we need further information to process your case.