Residence and work permit
If you are working in Denmark, and staying for a period under three months you will need a residence and work permit.
As an employee or student from outside the Nordic countries, the EU/EEA and Switzerland your application for a residence permit is handled by the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment (SIRI).
There are several different options for a residence and work permit in Denmark. Your education, qualifications and the type of job you have been offered are important to how you should apply. A number of schemes e.g. the Working holliday Programme have been made to make it easier for short temr employees to get e residence and work permit in Denmark.
In the majority of cases, your future employer in Denmark will contribute with information for the application.
You must be aware that a Danish authorization can be a condition for your residence and work permit. For example, this applies if you are going to work as a doctor, dentist or a schoolteacher.
You can apply for a residence and work permit online or through a Danish mission, i.e. a Danish Embassy or a Danish Consulate General that has agreed to process Danish applications for residence.
You will find the official guidelines and application forms on the Danish Immigration Service's website:
Are you not working in Denmark during your stay?
Tax card and perosnal tax number
If you have any income during your stay, you need to register for a tax card and a personal tax number.
Exactly how much tax you must pay will depend on how much you earn and the tax deductions and allowances you are entitled to.
As a newcomer you are recommended to call the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen) on (+45) 72 22 28 92.
You apply for a tax card and a personal tax number:
- by completing the online application form (used by most applicants)
- by completing and submitting form 04.063: Foreign Labour force - application for tax card and Danish personal tax number
If you have completed the form in full and attached or enclosed the documents required, you will receive a preliminary income assessment (forskudsopgørelse) within two weeks. At the top of your preliminary income assessment, you will see your personal tax number.
If you have completed the form in full and attached or enclosed the documents required, the Danish Tax Agency will create a preliminary income assessment (forskudsopgørelse) and a tax card within two weeks. The tax card is part of your preliminary income assessment. The tax card contains information about your withholding rate, your monthly tax-free allowances and deductions. The tax card is sent directly to your employer.
When you have received your NemID, please log on to the Danish Tax Agency's self service system, E-tax for individuals (TastSelv Borger) to complete your preliminary income assessment. Your information is used to determine how much tax you should pay.
If you do not apply for a tax card, your employer will deduct 55% from your salary.
If your stay exceeds three months
Then please inform yourself of what to do, following the stepguide for Non-EU/EEA citizens. Please inform your local Citizens Services, that you have a personal tax number, when applying for a CPR-number.
Staying in Denmark for less than six months, you cannot register for a CPR-number, and you are therefore not covered by Danish health insurance.