Visa, residence and work permits

Below is a brief outline of the general rules about applying for visa or residence and work permits in the countries to which most employees travel. 

We have also made country specific guides to the most popular locations with extensive chapters about visas, residence and work permits. 


Requirements to visa and work/residence permits for selected countries


Nordic countries

Danish citizens do not need a visa or residence or work permit to study or work in another Nordic country. However, Danish citizens must register if staying in a Nordic country for more than three months.

  • In Sweden, you must register with Migrationsverket (Migration Board) within three months of arriving in Sweden.
  • In Finland, you must register with Maistraatti (Register Office).
  • In Norway, you must register with the police or online at Application Portal Norway.
  • In Iceland, the registration authority is Þjóðskrá Íslands (Registers Iceland).

 

Other citizens are kindly asked to consult the relevant immigration offices in the various countries. Different rules and requirements might apply depending on citizenship and nationality.

EU countries

 

Danish and other EU citizens

If you intend to work or study in another EU country for more than three months, you must apply for a residence and/or work permit after arriving in the relevant country. You cannot submit your application from Denmark. The rules on how and where to apply for a residence and/or work permit vary from one country to the other, and you are therefore advised to contact the host country’s embassy or consulate in Denmark for information about the exact rules.

Other citizens (non-EU)

If you intend to work or study in another EU country, please note that your Danish work and residence permit does not allow you to do so. A work and residence permit to the specific country must be applied for and most likely also granted before arrival. The rules on how and where to apply for a residence and/or work permit vary from one country to the other, and you are therefore advised to contact the host country’s embassy or consulate in Denmark for information about the exact rules.

If you go abroad from Denmark (holding a Danish work and residence permit) please check your Danish permit very carefully to make sure that the permit does not lapse while you are away.

Other countries

All citizens – Danish, EU and non-EU

You can find information about visa and residence and work permits on the website of the destination country’s embassy or consulate.

Visa and residence and work permit must often be approved prior to departure. This applies both for you, your accompanying spouse and any children. To apply, you must usually produce or provide various documents. For further details, check the embassy’s website. The documents must most likely be translated, and sometimes the translations must be performed by an authorised translator. In some countries, obtaining residence and work permits is not easy if you are in a paperless partnership. The same applies if you are travelling with children of whom you do not have custody

Important information for travels to the US

The American Embassy in Copenhagen advises all applicants for non-immigrant visas to apply at least 120 days ahead of time. There is no limit as to how early one can apply for a non-immigrant visa.

For some non-EU/EEA countries there is a Special Process, which means a prolonged processing time, where the application will be processed in the US instead of Copenhagen. These citizens are advised to apply at least 120 days ahead of time.

Contact the American Embassy in Copenhagen for further information.