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Recruiting a foreign employee

Recruiting a foreign employee offers you a series of opportunities. The process does not have to be difficult, as long as you make sure all the basics are taken care of.

Expanding your search for qualified employees to include international candidates offers a series of opportunities and advantages. Recruiting foreign employees can add new perspectives and knowledge of other markets to your company, as well as to the tasks you need your employees to solve.

Help as much as possible

The general rights and obligations of a foreign employee are the same as for any of your other employees. This means your foreign employee must be treated exactly the same as any Danish employee.

For example, the salary of the foreign employee and the content of his or her employment contract can be no different from what you would usually provide for an employee in the same position.

Having said that, there are a few important regulations you should be aware of when you decide to employ foreign professionals. And in general, you should assist your foreign employee as much as possible when it comes to important registrations such as residence and work permit or information about tax, insurance or housing.

Residence and work permit

Depending on the citizenship of your new employee and the duration of his or her stay in Denmark, it may be necessary to apply for a residence and work permit before arrival. In most cases, you as the employer also need to complete relevant sections of the application form.

If you have questions regarding the process of recruiting a foreign employee, you can always contact your local Workindenmark centre.