Easier access to highly skilled foreign workers - Bill adopted

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Date:
22 Jan 2015

the danish parliament recently adopted a bill to strengthen recruitment of highly skilled foreign workers.

By:
Elsebeth Aaes-Jørgensen

The Danish Parliament recently adopted a bill to strengthen recruitment of highly skilled foreign workers.

The Danish Parliament has now adopted the Bill to amend the Danish Aliens Act, the Danish Integration Act and the Danish Act on the Centralised Civil Register which was introduced by the Danish Government in November. The amendments include as follows:

  • Introduction of a new fast-track scheme for recruitment abroad
  • Abolishment of the corporate scheme
  • Introduction of a pilot scheme for self-employed persons – "Start-Up Denmark"
  • New options in the research field
  • Streamlining of the green card scheme
  • New rules for international graduates
  • No residence permit during a legal industrial dispute
  • Increased and more efficient regulatory control

Click here to see our previous and more detailed commentary on the Bill. 

The legislative amendments which have now been adopted match those of the Bill which was introduced – and, as proposed by the Bill, the main part of the amendments entered into force on 1 January 2015. A few of the provisions will not enter into force until on 1 April 2015. Further, the Act provides guidelines for how to transition between the former and the new rules.