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.  


If a BREXIT agreement is reached and approved by the end of January 2020, UK will remain an EU member for a transition period and UK citizens will remain EU citizens. In this situation, there will be no changes until the end of the transition period.


In a no-deal scenario, the UK will leave the EU 31 January 2020 and UK citizens are no longer EU citizens. UK will become a third country like any other non-EU country and new legislation will be passed.

UK citizens and their families living and working in Denmark before BREXIT

Rights to social security and social benefits

In case of a hard Brexit, the Danish government has suggested that UK citizens and their families living and working in Denmark will keep their rights to live and work in Denmark. This includes their rights to social security and social benefits. This will last for an indefinite transition period until further legislation has been passed.

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.

Recommendations on permits to reside in Denmark

  • If you are British citizen or a family member of a British citizen with a right to permanent residence  (have lived in Denmark for more than four years), you are encouraged to submit an application for permanent residence to the State Administration. You should do so before 31 January 2020. 
  • If you are a British citizen or a family member of a British citizen, and reside in Denmark under the EU rules on free movement, you are encouraged to have an EU registration certificate/EU residence card (for non-EU nationals). If you do not hold one already, you should apply before 31 January 2020.  
  • It should be stressed that your right of residence is not lost, if you have not been issued with a residence certificate/card or permanent residence. Your right of residence is not dependent on the document – however, we recommend you to be on the safe side and have this documentation.

You can read more about the temporary transitional scheme on the website of the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

Recruiting UK citizens after BREXIT

In case of a hard BREXIT, UK citizens will be considered as third country citizens. We expect that they will need a work and residence permit like any other non-EU citizens. As it takes up to two months to obtain a work and residence permit, at this stage it is not clear how to recruit from the UK in the first months after BREXIT.

Going to the UK (conferences and visiting scholars)

Currently there is not legislation concerning visas for people going to the UK after 31 January 2020. In case of the no-deal scenario, Danes and other EU citizens going to the UK will be considered as third country citizens and will need a visa. How to get the visa now is not clear. 

Once the rules are in place, we will include them on this page.  

Further information

It is a highly unusual situation and 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.


  • For further information on visa and work and residence, permits please contact: Jakob Feldtfos Christensen: Phone: 20 37 47 65. Email:
  • For further information on social security and tax, please contact: Jens Kristian Birthin. Phone: 87 15 33 25 Email:

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