Changes For Recent Graduates And Positive Skills List Employees

Published date04 July 2022
Subject MatterImmigration, General Immigration
Law FirmEnvoy Global, Inc.
AuthorMr Jessie Butchley

Key Points

  • Beginning 1 July 2022, recent graduates may be eligible to begin working in Denmark while their work and residence permit is processed
  • Denmark will extend the timeframe for calculating educational obligation requirements for employees under the Positive Skills List beginning 1 July 2022


The government of Denmark will introduce changes to work permit requirements for recent graduates and to select individuals employed under the Positive Skills List for Skilled Work beginning 1 July 2022.

Changes for Recent Graduates

The government will allow recent foreign national graduates to begin working in Denmark while their work and residence permit is processed. The law will go into effect on 1 July 2022. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Hold a valid residence permit as a student in Denmark;
  • Have completed a higher educational program at the master's level or higher at a Danish university.

Applicants must also apply under one of the following work and residence permit schemes:

  • The Positive List for People with Higher Education
  • The Positive List for Skilled Work
  • The Pay Limit scheme
  • Researchers
  • Special Individual Qualifications
  • Drill-rigs and other mobile workplaces
  • Herdsmen and farm managers
  • The Fast-Track scheme

Changes for Positive Skills List Employees

The new law will also provide greater flexibility when calculating whether the employing company has met their educational obligations regarding the training of apprentices, known as the AUB requirement...

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