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No matter where you come from, it is your responsibility to obtain a residence and work permit if you are required to.

Before you arrive in Denmark and start working, it is important that you find out whether you are required to obtain a residence and work permit.

The rules depend on your nationality and qualifications and they apply to all kinds of work. This means that voluntary, student and unpaid work are also included.

Do I need a permit?

Citizens from the Nordic countries, the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are free to reside and work in Denmark.

However, if you are a EU/EEA or Swiss citizen and wish to reside in Denmark for more than three months, you must apply for a registration certificate at International Citizen Service or the Regional State Administration (Statsforvaltningen).

If you are a citizen from outside the Nordic countries and the EU/EEA, you must apply for a residence and work permit before you start working. It is your responsibility to obtain this permit. If you already legally reside in Denmark, you can submit your application for a residence and work permit at the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment online via or at the local police station.

You can read more about how to apply for a work permit in Denmark or find out how to have your competences assessed.

International Citizen Service

ICS in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus and Odense, can help you with all the relevant paperwork and registrations you need to take care of.

EU residence

If you expect that your stay in Denmark will last more than 3 months, you have to apply for an EU residence document before the expiry of the three months.

Non EU residence

New to Denmark - The danish Immigration Service