BREXIT and its impact on researcher mobility

On this page we will give an overview of the current situation on BREXIT. Legislation is still being passed, so always refer to the relevant websites.  


Permits to reside in Denmark for UK citizens

After 1 January 2021, British citizens living and working in Denmark will need a new residence document and those who take up residence in Denmark after 1 January 2021 will need a work and residence permit. 

British citizens who come to live and work in Denmark after 1 January 2021

British citizens who come to live and work in Denmark after 1 January 2021 need to apply for – and await – a work and residence permit in the United Kingdom or a country where they have legal residence, before they can enter Denmark and start working.

British citizens who plan to come to Denmark as employed staff or guests after 1 January 2021 can already now apply for the new work and residence permit as a non-EU citizen.

British citizens already registered as residing and working in Denmark

British citizens already registered as residing and working in Denmark will need to apply for a new residence document before 31 December 2021.

British citizens already registered as residing and working in Denmark will receive a letter directly from The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). The letter is forwarded during the months of November and December 2020. The letter contains information about how to proceed during 2021 in order to obtain the new residence document, so please wait for the letter and act according to information and instructions mentioned in the letter.

Further information about BREXIT for citizens living in Denmark

Updates on the rules and procedures are always available on the website of Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet

Social security rights and obligations

Great Britain left the EU on 31 January 2020. However, UK citizens and their families living and working in Denmark will keep their rights to live and work in Denmark in the transition period, which runs until 31 December 2020. This includes their rights to social security and social benefits. When the transition period is over, UK citizens in Denmark will retain their right to social security and social benefits as if Great Britain was still a member of the EU. This, however, only applies to citizens who have been covered by the EU rules on free movement before the end of the transition period. All UK citizens and their families living and working in Denmark are strongly advised to get an EU certificate of registration before the transition period ends to document their rights. For new employees from the UK who arrive in Denmark after 1 January 2021, the social security and social benefit situation is unresolved.

The right to free movement within EU

The decision to guarantee social security and social benefit right in Denmark does not mean that UK citizens living and working in Denmark will keep their right to free movement within EU. You should therefore look into the country specific rules regarding visa and work and residence permits if you are going to another EU country.

Recruiting UK citizens after BREXIT

After 1 January 2021, UK citizens will be considered as third country citizens. They will therefore need a work and residence permit like any other non-EU citizens. It takes up to two months to obtain a work and residence permit, and we therefore recommend you to start the application process for the required permit in due time before planned arrival after 1 January 2021.

See the application process for non-EU citizens on the website of The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI)

Going to the UK (conferences and visiting scholars)

After 1 January 2021 Danes and other EU citizens who go to the UK will be considered as third country citizens

Currently there is not legislation concerning short-term visas for people going to the UK after 1 January 2021.

Once the rules are in place, they will be included on this page.

Going to the UK (to work or long term stay)

After 1 January 2021 Danes and other EU citizens who go to the UK will be considered as third country citizens

Currently there is not legislation concerning long-term stay and work and residence permits for people going to the UK after 1 January 2021.

Once the rules are in place, they will be included on this page.

Further information about BREXIT

Many questions will most likely arise. In a situation like this, there will be grey-zone cases that do not fit the general rules. We will try to answer all questions to the best of our ability, but be patient, as legislation has not necessarily been passed yet.

Contact:

  • For further information on visa and work and residence, permits please contact: Inge Aachmann Pedersen: Phone: 87 15 36 03. Email: guestresearcher@au.dk or iap@au.dk
  • For further information on social security and tax, please contact: Jens Kristian Birthin. Phone: 87 15 33 25 Email: jkb@au.dk

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