The Danish government has announced it will change how it assesses salary requirements for those applying for residence and work permit extensions.

Key Points:

  • Beginning March 1, the salaries of foreign nationals who are applying for work or residence permit extensions must meet current Danish salary requirements instead of the salary requirement from their original employment contract.
  • Danish authorities will assess whether foreign nationals’ salaries meet current standards for those applying under the positive list for people with a higher education, the positive list for skilled work, the pay limit scheme and work permits including employment for adaptation and training purposes for individuals on authorization stay, among other schemes.
  • Permit extensions will not be granted if an applicants’ salaries are below current standards on or after March 1.

Additional Information: More information regarding current Danish salary requirements is available here. Information on applying for extensions for residence and work permits is available here.

BAL Analysis: Employers must meet the current salary requirements for its employees who are applying for work and permit extensions on or after March 1. Applications that were filed but not processed before March 1 may be affected by the new salary requirements. Danish employers should take note of the change and adjust their budgets as necessary.

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