Denmark – Company Certification Provides Fast Track Option for Danish Employers

What has changed

The Danish immigration authorities are now permitting qualifying Danish employers to apply for a Company Certification which will produce a fast track to work for non-EU Work Permit applicants. This  option will be available for non-EU nationals starting April 1, 2015 but qualifying Danish employers can start to apply for their Company Certification immediately.

Previously, the Company Certification option was unavailable.  Obtaining the Company Certification has replaced the requirement of providing a Corporate Scheme, which no longer exists.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Non-EU nationals applying for Work Permits for Denmark

Interested Danish companies must complete an application for the Company Certification before they can utilize the fast track process. For those applicants who wish to pursue the fast track service, they will be required to undertake an identity check at the same time they submit their biometrics information at the Danish immigration services in Denmark.

Once approved, the Company Certification is valid for up to four (4)  years before it must be renewed. Qualifying non- EU employees can benefit from this fast track process as long as the Company Certification remains valid.

Please note, the fast track process does not actually expedite the processing time of the work and residence permit applications (processing time stays the same) but does allow employees to start working after they have submitted the biometric traits and completed a full identity check, while the work and residence permit application is being processed. The rest of the work and residence permit process remains the same.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Danish Companies who employ non-EU workers should consider applying for their Company Certification to reduce the amount of time that employees must wait before commencing work.  All criteria must be met before the certification can be issued.
  • For more information about the criteria necessary for a company to qualify for the Company Certification, please contact your Emigra Worldwide representative.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.