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What is Denmark Job Seeker Visa? How can I Apply?

What is Denmark jobseeking permit?

The jobseeking permit in Denmark is a type of residence permit that remains valid for a maximum of 6 months. It is designed for individuals to apply for it when they wish to search for employment opportunities within Denmark. When you are in Denmark on a job seeking permit, engaging in work activities is prohibited. Hence, if you secure a new job while on a job seeking permit, you must make a fresh application for a combined residence and work permit through one of the available job schemes.

Who can apply for a jobseeking permit?

If you have a residence permit through any of the following categories:

  • The Positive List for Individuals with Higher Education
  • The Pay Limit Scheme
  • The Researcher Scheme
  • The initial three tracks of the Fast-track Scheme

And if you have experienced loss of the employment not due to your own actions, you are eligible to apply for a job seeking permit.

If your permit, gained through any of the mentioned schemes, is valid for less than 4 years, your residence and work permit will normally align with the duration of your employment contract. Accordingly, you would have been automatically provided a job seeking permit for a duration of up to 6 months, during which you can actively search for job opportunities in Denmark.

What are the conditions?

Find below the conditions under which you can apply for this permit:

  • It's a precondition that your job loss is not due to any fault of yours, such as company cutbacks. Hence, your actions shouldn't have led to your job termination.
  • Your application for the permit must be submitted within two days following the conclusion of your employment contract.
  • Remember to include your termination letter or any other relevant documentation explaining the cause of your unemployment.
  • There's an application fee that you need to pay; don't forget to attach the receipt as part of your application.
  • You are expected to maintain the capability to financially support yourself. Consequently, you must not be a recipient of any social benefits regulated by the Active Social Policy Act, which includes benefits like social security.
  • In cases where authorities, like a municipality, provide benefits to foreign nationals, SIRI will receive notification.

What are the necessary documents?

Preparing the essential paperwork ahead of filling out the application form is wise. The checklist provided can be of help. If you are providing documents in languages other than English, German, Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish, you must also include certified translations into Danish or English. Here's what you should gather:

  • A termination letter or any relevant evidence explaining your involuntary unemployment
  • A photocopy of your valid passport, including all pages including the cover
  • Proof of payment for the required fee; remember to include the payment receipt.

Step-by-step Process to Apply

Given below is a inclusive guide detailing the procedure for submitting an application to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). It's important that you comprehensively familiarise yourself with the eligibility criteria for attaining a residence permit before you embark on step 1.

To do this, navigate to the "Need to know" section placed on the left-hand side. Select the case order ID category that matches to your existing permit situation, choosing from options like the Fast-track Scheme, the Pay limit Scheme, the Positive List, or the Researcher Scheme. Below are the successive stages for the application process:

  • Generate Case Order ID
  • Make Payment of the Fee
  • Collect Necessary Documentation
  • Complete the Application Form
  • Submit the Application
  • Undergo Biometric Procedures
  • Await Response

What is Visa Processing fee?

The visa application processing fee is DKK 4,670 or INR 56,665/-.

The Positive Lists are updated as of 1 July 2023

SIRI has released updated Positive Lists for both individuals with advanced education and those in skilled occupations. These lists are scheduled to come into effect on July 1, 2023. The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) has revised the Positive Lists, with the changes set to take effect from July 1, 2023.

Positive List for People with a Higher Education

Job titles listed in the Positive List for Individuals with Higher Education will maintain their presence on the list for a duration of 2 years. Accordingly, the newly incorporated job titles, starting from July 1, 2023, will remain on the list until minimum June 30, 2025. On the other hand, the job titles featured on the Positive List for Skilled Work will remain valid on the list until at least December 31, 2023.

Below is a breakdown of the job titles on the Positive List for Individuals with Higher Education, categorized according to their respective professional fields.

  • Managers in the field of production and service
  • Managers in the social field
  • Hospitality, retail and other services managers
  • Natural Science and engineering
  • Healthcare
  • Teaching and educational work
  • Economics, administration and sales
  • Information and communication technology
  • Law, social science and culture
  • Technician work in science, engineering and shipping and aviation
  • Technicians and assistants in healthcare

The Positive List for Skilled Work

The Positive List for Skilled Work comprises a accumulation of skilled occupations facing a shortage of skilled professionals in Denmark. If you have received a job offer falling within the fields of the Positive List for Skilled Work, you are eligible to apply for a Danish residence and work permit through this particular program. The Positive List for Skilled Work undergoes revision twice yearly, on the 1st of January and the 1st of July.

Here's a inclusive listing of all the job titles featured in the Positive List for Skilled Work, arranged categorically based on their respective professional fields.

  • Science and engineering associate professionals
  • Health professionals
  • Business and administration associate professionals
  • Legal, social, cultural and related associate professionals
  • Information and communication technician work
  • General and secretary clerks
  • Numerical and material recording clerks
  • Office and Costumer Service Clerks
  • Personal services workers
  • Sales workers (excluding agent workers)
  • Personal care workers
  • Market-oriented skilled agricultural and nursery workers
  • Building and related trades workers (excluding electricians)
  • Metal, machinery and related trades workers
  • Handicraft and printing workers
  • Electrical and electronic trades workers
  • Food processing, woodworking, garment and other craft and related trades workers
  • Operator work at stationary plants and machines

If you have further query or you wish to apply for the Denmark Job Seeker Visa, you may call our Migration Expert on Toll-Free No. 78-18-000-777 or you can drop us an E-mail at

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