Denmark’s New Income Requirement For Work Permits

Denmark’s New Income Requirement For Work Permits

Beginning June 30, 2024, Denmark will impose a new income requirement for foreign nationals who want to apply for a residence and work permit to enter the country for work.

This change, announced by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), aims to ensure that foreign workers receive salaries in line with Danish standards.

What This Means for Applicants

According to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), the new income requirement will apply as part of the updated salary statistics, which aim to ensure that foreign workers are offered salaries in line with Danish standards.

For those applying for a residence and work permit in Denmark after June 30, 2024, their offered salary will be compared to the most recent salary statistics set by SIRI. This applies to both new applicants and those seeking extensions on existing permits.

However, there’s a short grace period: Applications submitted between April 1 and June 30, 2024, will be assessed based on the previous salary statistics.

Ensuring Fair Salaries

For foreigners to be granted a residence and work permit to enter Denmark for work purposes, their salary must align with the Danish Danish standards.

The condition to have the salary correspond to the standards of Denmark applies both to those applying for the permits for the first time as well as to those applying for the extension of the documents.

In line with the rules that Denmark has, the requirement for the salary to correspond to Danish standards applies to all foreigners applying for a residence and work permit under the following scheme:

  • Fast Track Scheme
  • Herdsmen and Farm Managers Scheme
  • Internship Scheme
  • Pay Limit Scheme
  • Positive List for People With Higher Education
  • Positive List for Skilled Workers
  • Researcher’s Scheme
  • Special Individual Qualifications Scheme
  • Supplementary Pay Limit Scheme

SIRI generally assumes that the salaries offered to foreign workers meet Danish standards. However, if there are concerns that an offered salary does not comply, SIRI may request additional comments from the employer before making a final decision on the application.

Stay Ahead of the Curve

Make sure you factor in this new income requirement when submitting your application. 

Research the latest salary statistics for your desired position to ensure your offered salary meets the standards.

As Denmark tightens its income requirements, prospective workers should prepare to meet these new standards, ensuring their salaries align with Danish expectations. This move not only aims to protect the local labour market but also guarantees fair compensation for international employees, paving the way for a more equitable working environment in Denmark.

For the most up-to-date information, head straight to the official SIRI website or consult a Danish immigration lawyer for personal guidance.

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