You must be able to support yourself during your stay. For example, you are not allowed to receive benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act.

 If you or a family member receive such benefits during your stay, your permit can be revoked – and you will lose the right to stay in Denmark.

If an authority, e.g. a municipality, disburses benefits to foreign nationals, SIRI will be notified.

If you and any family members apply for for and are granted a permit, you will be informed of the self-support requirement in the letter granting you a permit.

The general regulations are:

You have been granted a residence permit based on the Positive List, Pay Limit Scheme, Fast-track Scheme, special individual qualifications, as a herdsman or farm manager or other work schemes. Your permit is only valid for work with one specific employer.

Or you have been granted a residence permit as an accompanying family member to one of the above.

You and your family are not allowed to receive cash benefits, start help benefits or any other benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act.

You are a student or accompanying family member to a student.

You and your family must be able to support yourselves and must not receive any public benefits.

You are therefore not allowed to receive:

  • Cash benefits
  • Start help
  • Sickness benefits
  • Maternal or paternal benefits
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Housing benefits
  • Child support
  • State study grants

The list is not exhaustive.

If you are an employed PhD student receiving a salary, you are no allowed to receive cash benefits, start help or any other benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act. This also applies if you are an accompanying family member to a person with a residence permit as an employed PhD student.

You are a researcher, guest researcher or an accompanying family member to one of these.

You and your family are not allowed to receive cash benefits, start help benefits or any other benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act.

You have been granted a residence permit because you run your own business.

You and your family are not allowed to receive cash benefits, start help benefits or any other benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act.

 

You have been granted an Establishment Card or are an accompanying family member to a person holding an Establishment Card

You and your family are not allowed to receive cash benefits, start help benefits or any other benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act. You are also not allowed to receive graduate allowances (dimmitenddagpenge).

You have been granted a Greencard or are an accompanying family member to a person holding a Greencard.

You and your family are not allowed to receive cash benefits, start help benefits or any other benefits under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act. You are also not allowed to receive graduate allowances (dimmitenddagpenge).

You are an au pair.

You are not allowed to receive any public benefits.