Danish Residence Permit Scheme for Accompanying Family Members of Expatriates

Effective July 1, 2024, accompanying family members of returning expatriate Danish citizens with certain job-related qualifications may be granted a residence permit in Denmark.

This means that Danish citizens that are established abroad and wish to return to Denmark in order to work can bring their foreign family members.

The expatriate Danish citizen must be established abroad and must have entered into an employment agreement or received an offer for a job position in Denmark which, if the Danish citizen had been a foreign national, could result in a residence permit under one of the following work schemes:

  • The Positive Lists
  • The Pay Limit Schemes
  • Researcher
  • Special individual qualifications
  • Herdsmen and farm managers
  • The Fast Track Scheme’s pay limit track, supplementary pay limit track, researcher track, and educational track

The expatriate Danish citizen may also have an innovative business plan with the intention of running or continuing to run a self-employment business or running a business through a Danish branch of a foreign self-employment business in Denmark, which could result in a residence permit under the Start-up Denmark scheme.

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