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Professional Models Can Now Work in Denmark for Short Periods Without a Work Permit

Denmark has eased some of its rules for foreign professional models, permitting them to work in the country without a work permit for short periods of time.

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The new rule for this group of workers, which became effective on June 1, 2024, grants the right to professional models to enter Denmark without a work permit for up to three separate work periods of three days within a 180-day period, SchengenNews reports.

This means that foreign models can now work in Denmark for up to nine days within a 180-day period without a work permit, provided that during a single work period, they do not stay in the territory of Denmark for more than three days.

By the new rules, it is possible to work in Denmark for up to three separate work periods of up to a total of three days’ duration within a period of 180 days.

Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI)

However, SIRI has highlighted that in order for foreign professional models to be permitted to work in Denmark without the need to obtain a work permit, they must be part of companies that hold major international fashion shows.

The authority further stressed that in order to be exempt from the requirement to hold a work permit for short periods of time, professional models must either be exempt from the visa requirement or hold a valid Schengen visa that enables them to enter Denmark.

It is a requirement that the foreigner can legally enter and reside in Denmark, either because they are a resident of a visa-free country or because they have been issued a visa in order to use the new exemption rule.

Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI)

Denmark Has Also Extended Residence Permit Duration for Accompanying Family Members

As part of its changes, Denmark has also decided to extend the period of residence permits issued for accompanying family members of foreigners working in Denmark.

In line with the new rules, family members of foreign workers in Denmark will now be granted a residence permit that remains valid for the same period of time as the permit of the family member working in Denmark.

According to SIRI, this change is particularly important for accompanying family members of foreigners who hold a residence and work permit under the Pay Limit Schengen and the Fast-Track Scheme.

Under these schemes, foreign workers are able to obtain a residence and work permit for up to five years. On the other hand, their family members in the past were able to obtain a residence permit with a validity period of up to four years only.

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