New fast-track scheme for international talent

On 1 April, Denmark’s new fast-track scheme for entry came into effect. The aim is to make it easier for businesses in Denmark to recruit foreign specialists from non-EU countries.

With Denmark’s new fast-track scheme, foreign employees from countries outside the EU and the Schengen Treaty are allowed to work from the day their employer submits the application for a residency permit.

Before 1 April 2015, Danish businesses had to wait for residency permits to be in place before the new employee could start work in Denmark. This could take thirty days or more.

“The fast-track scheme is an important tool for many businesses in Denmark, removing administrative barriers to recruiting foreign employees with special skills or qualifications. The World Bank ranks Denmark first for ease of doing business, and the fast-track scheme contributes significantly to this”, says Claus Lønborg, CEO, Copenhagen Capacity.

Four application criteria

The fast-track scheme is divided into four tracks. The foreign national can apply under the scheme if he or she has been offered a job by a certified company and the job meets one of the following criteria:

  1. The foreign national is employed according to the conditions in the Pay Limit scheme
  2. The foreign national is employed as a researcher
  3. The purpose of the employment is a high level educational stay
  4. The employment is for a short term stay

Read more about the fast-track scheme on New to Denmark