Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in Denmark. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Danish work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.
Citizens from the Nordic countries, the EU, the European Economic Area and Switzerland are entitled to live and work in Denmark without a residence and work permit. If you intend to reside in Denmark for more than 3 months, you must apply for a registration certificate at the International Citizen Service or the State Administration (Statsforvaltningen) upon your arrival. However, if you are not a citizen from these countries, you must apply for a residence and work permit before you enter Denmark.
There are a number of schemes that enable foreign individuals working in Denmark to attain a working permit. These include:
- Fast-track scheme: This scheme makes it faster and easier for certified companies to recruit foreign employees with special qualifications to work in Denmark. This gives the job-seeking employee a quick and flexible job start in the certified company.
- Pay limit scheme: For employees who have been offered a job in Denmark with a yearly salary of at least DKK 408,000.
- Positive list scheme: For employees who have been offered a job in Denmark included in the list of professions currently experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals.
The Danish work permit obtained through the pay limit scheme and positive list scheme are dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Denmark is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue.
As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Danish work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Denmark infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Danish immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Danish Embassy directly.