Work permit during the job seeking period
You have been granted a job seeking permit for 3 years and want to apply for a work permit without limitations.
Normal processing time
Who can apply for a work permit without limitations?
Together with your residence permit for job seeking you have been granted a limited work permit. The permit allows you to work 20 hours a week and full time in June, July and August.
If you want to work more hours than allowed by your limited work permit, you can apply for a work permit without limitations.
You can apply for a work permit without limitations if you have been granted a 3-year job seeking period and you have completed your educational programme.
What are the conditions?
You have been granted a 3-year job seeking period along with your permit as a student or you were granted a 3-year job seeking residence permit at a later stage.
In order to obtain a work permit without limitations, you must have completed an educational programme, which is approved by a state authority.
If you have completed an Academy Profession (AP) or a higher educational programme which is not approved by a state authority, but instead have an advisory statement from the Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA), you cannot apply for a work permit without limitations during your job seeking period. You can read more about educational programmes approved by EVA here.
It is not a requirement that you are offered a job already in order to apply for a work permit without limitations.
What are my rights if I am granted a permit?
What are you allowed to do with a work permit without limitations – and what are you not allowed to do?
With a work permit without limitations you can work more that the allowed 20 hours a week.
You can start working full time from the day on which you submit your application and while SIRI is processing it.
With a work permit without limitations you can work for any employer and you do not need to apply for a new work permit if you change place of employment.
You do not need to apply for a new work permit either if you wish to work for more than one employer.
Duration of the work permit
The work permit is valid for the same period as your residence permit for job seeking.
What more do I need to know before I apply?
An application for a work permit without limitations can be submitted to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).
You need to pay a fee and have biometric features recorded in connection with your application.
On the tab "How to apply" to the right you have access to the relevant application form ST7. The form only exists as a printable form in PDF og Word format.
SIRI will contact you if we need further information to process your case.
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 dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing before you begin step 1. You can do this on the tab “Need to know” on the left.
When submitting an application or appeal with a fee, you must first create a case order ID.
All fees are regulated every year on 1 January. Make sure to create your Case Order ID, pay the fee and submit your application in the same calendar year. If you pay the fee before 1 January and submit your application after 1 January, your application may be rejected.
If no case order ID is shown in the field below, please type your case order ID and click on View payment status.
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Please include the following information when paying the fee online using a Danish internet bank.
You can download a payment form that shows you all the required information needed when paying from a Danish internet bank. This payment form can only used for payment from a Danish internet bank.Download payment form as PDF (only to be used for a Danish internet bank)
It is a good idea to gather the necessary documents before you start to complete the application form. You can use the checklist below.
You must submit:
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completing the application
You complete the application form yourself
The application form contain careful instructions on how to complete the form and what kind of documents you must submit along with the form.
The printable application form in Word format can be completed on screen before you print. The application form in pdf format must be printed first and then completed by hand.
You can submit the application by appearing in person in one of SIRI's branch offices in Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus, Aalborg, Esbjerg, Sønderborg or on Bornholm.
You can also send the application to SIRI through our contact form. You can find SIRI's contact form here
When you apply for a residence permit, you must have your biometric features 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.
You must have your biometric features recorded no later than 14 days after you have 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.
Your biometric features can be recorded in one of SIRI’s branch offices. Remember to book an appointment.
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
You can see the normal case processing time to the right on this page. When we make a decision in your case, you will receive an answer.
SIRI will contact you or your employer if we need further information to process your case.