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Key Points

  • Beginning July 1, 2022, recent graduates may be eligible to begin working in Denmark while their work and residence permit is processed
  • Denmark will extend the timeframe for calculating educational obligation requirements for employees under the Positive Skills List beginning July 1, 2022


The government of Denmark will introduce changes to work permit requirements for recent graduates and select individuals employed under the Positive Skills List for Skilled Work beginning July 1, 2022.

The government will allow recent foreign national graduates to begin working in Denmark while their work and residence permit is processed. The law will go into effect on July 1, 2022. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Hold a valid residence permit as a student in Denmark
  • Have completed a higher education program at the master’s level or higher at a Danish university

Applicants must also apply under one of the following work and residence permit schemes:

  • The Positive List for People with Higher Education
  • The Positive List for Skilled Work
  • The Pay Limit scheme
  • Researchers
  • Special Individual Qualifications
  • Drill-rigs and other mobile workplaces
  • Herdsmen and farm managers
  • The Fast-Track scheme

The new law will also provide greater flexibility when calculating whether the employing company has met its educational obligations regarding the training of apprentices, known as the AUB requirement. Employers will now be able to meet the AUB requirement by reaching the target number within two of the latest three calculated contribution years. The deadline for meeting this requirement has been extended to the date the application is submitted.

What are the Changes?

The government of Denmark introduced a new law that expanded the right of recent graduates to work in the country. In contrast, their work and residence permit is processed and granted more flexibility to employers when calculating educational obligations. Previously, the employer could only meet the AUB requirement by reaching the target number of trained apprentices in the latest calculated contribution year.

Looking Ahead

Check the government of Denmark’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Danish Immigration Service

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