An entrepreneur with an innovative business idea, which can contribute to growth and new employment in Denmark can be granted a residence and work permit in order to operate an independent company in Denmark.
As a self-employed person you should apply for a residence and work permit under the Start-up Denmark scheme. This scheme can also be used by two persons who wish to establish a company together.
Before you apply for a residence and work permit, your business idea must be approved by a panel of experts appointed by the Danish Business Authority. There must be particular Danish professional or labour market interests in the establishment of the company in Denmark. Consequently, you cannot normally be granted a residence and work permit in order to establish a restaurant, retail shop, small business, import or export enterprise or similar.
Please note that a maximum of 50 residence and work permits will be granted under the Start-up Denmark scheme per year, that is, from 1 January to 31 December. Applications will be processed in the order that the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration receives them.
Your business idea must be approved by the panel of experts
You must document that you can support yourself during the first year of your stay in Denmark
You must participate actively in the day-to-day operation of the company, and your presence and involvement must be vital to the establishment of the business. If you have only financial interests in the business – for example, if you are a shareholder – you are not eligible for a Danish residence and work permit
A residence and work permit under the Start-up Denmark scheme is granted for a maximum of two years with the possibility of extension for three years at a time.
If the nature or purpose of your company changes considerably, or if you shut down your company and open a new one, you must apply for a new residence and work permit.
Please note that it is a requirement that your passport is valid for at least three months beyond the duration of the residence permit you apply for.
If you have been granted a residence and work permit as a self-employed person, you can bring certain family members.
Please note that you must document that you can support your family members during the first year of their stay.
When applying for an extension of your residence and work permit, you must include a new evaluation from the panel of experts.
However, this does not apply if you were granted a residence permit before 1 January 2015. Applications for an extension of such a residence permit will be processed according to the rules which applied before 1 January 2015.
To obtain a residence permit under the Start-up Denmark scheme, you must document that you can support yourself.
Consequently, when you submit your application you must document that you have at your disposal an amount equivalent to one year’s social benefits for single non-providers over the age of 30.
The annual amount is DKK 133,716 for you (the main applicant) (12 x 11,143, 2017 level).
You can see the financial requirements in the table below. The table shows the amount you must have at your disposal for yourself and any accompanying family members at the time you submit your application.
Documentation can be a bank statement in your name. Currency and date of issuance must be clearly stated. The statement must be no more than 30 days old at the time the application is submitted.
The annual amounts are (2017 level):
|You apply with your spouse||You apply with your spouse and child(ren)||You apply with your child(ren)|
(12 x 11,143* + 12 x 11,143*)
(12 x 11,143* + 12 x 14,808**)
(12 x 11,143* + 43,980***)
|Your spouse applies alone||Your spouse applies with your child(ren)||Your child(ren) apply alone|
|DKK 133,716 (12 x 11,143*)||DKK 177,696 (12 x 14,808**)||DKK 43,980***|