Published 16-11-2023

New rules for exemption from the requirement of a work permit

New rules make it possible for foreign employees in affiliated companies to work in Denmark for shorter periods of time without a work permit.

On 17 November 2023 new rules take effect which means that if you are a foreigner (third country national), you can in some cases work for shorter periods of time in Denmark without a residence and work permit.

It is a prerequisite that you are employed in a company established abroad that is affiliated with a company established in Denmark. The company in Denmark must have at least 50 employees.

According to the new rules, it is possible to work in the company in Denmark for two separate working periods within a 180-day period.  Each working period can consist of a maximum of 15 working days. Between each working period, you must have a stay outside of Denmark of at least 14 days.

Furthermore, it is required that you can enter and legally stay in Denmark, either as a citizen of a visa free country or because you have been issued a visa for the purpose of using the new rule on exemption.

Within certain industries, the new rule only applies for management work or work that requires knowledge at the highest or intermediate level. The industries are the following: construction, agriculture, forestry and horticulture, cleaning (including window cleaning), hotel and catering as well as the carriage of goods by road.

Read more on the new rule on exemption

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