The Danish government provided updated processing time estimates, saying it will not be able to meet goals for processing times that is set in May.

Key Points:

  • Authorities updated the expected processing times for visa applications submitted for the rest of 2021 as follows:
    • Fast Track – 1-2 months.
    • Pay Limit Scheme – 3-4 months.
    • Agriculture – 1-2 months.
    • Interns – 2-3 months.
    • Other work schemes – 1-4 months.
    • Researchers – 1-2 months.
    • Students (non-PhD) – 2 months.
    • PhD students – 1 month.
    • Au pairs – 3 months.

Additional Information: The estimated processing times are subject to change. Officials estimate that 70 to 90% of cases will be processed within the aforementioned timeframes.

BAL Analysis: Employers should take note of the updated processing time estimates and plan timelines and start dates accordingly. The processing delays will most likely improve as the Danish government increases the number of employees who are processing cases. However, applicants should expect continued delays until the application backlog is reduced.

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