Denmark to Implement New Rules for Healthcare Foreign Workers Starting July 1

The Danish Parliament has announced new rules concerning foreign labour in healthcare, as revealed by the,  a website managed by the Immigration Service and the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

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Starting July 1, social and healthcare workers will be included in the Positive List for Skilled Workers, with 1,000 residence and work permits available, SchengenNews reports.

This means that if by 1 July 2024 there is a shortage of social and healthcare workers, it will also be possible to grant social and healthcare workers a residence and work permit according to the Positive List for Skilled Work.

New rules also include an extension of the authorisation scheme, allowing requested healthcare professionals to get a residence permit to obtain Danish authorisation.

To benefit from this scheme, applicants must be evaluated by the Patient Safety Authority, under a new authorisation procedure for specifically requested healthcare professionals, as further explained by the

Residence Permit Holders on Authorisation Scheme Will Be Exempted from Work Permits

Under the new rules, set to take effect on July 1, holders of residence permits under the authorisation program will no longer be required to obtain work permits. Henceforth, they do not need to apply for a separate work permit if they want to work in Denmark during their authorised stay.

The rules also apply to people with an already valid residence permit according to the authorisation scheme, even if this does not appear on the residence permit.

In the future, authorities will also grant up to six months stay for job searching in the in extension of the authorisation stay. As noted by, this period can be used to seek employment in Denmark after the authorisation process ends.

If you already have a residence permit under the authorisation scheme, you must submit an application for a job search residence yourself. Finally, the job change rule will be extended to also apply if you have a residence permit under the authorisation scheme.

Foreign students pursuing professions facing shortages, will also be given the opportunity to stay in Denmark for a longer period. Such a policy was introduced by authorities to retain the international talent in the country.

Denmark Reported Labour Shortages in These Health & Care Occupations

The 2023 EURES Report on shortages and surpluses identified 41 shortages and 146 surpluses in the Danish labour market.

Several of the shortage occupations identified in this report were related to health and care sector, such as:

  • Home-based personal care workers
  • Child care workers
  • Dental assistants and therapists
  • Pharmaceutical technicians and assistants
  • Medical imaging and therapeutic equipment technicians
  • Midwifery professionals
  • Nursing professionals
  • Specialist medical practitioners
  • Generalist medical practitioners

In addition to Denmark, other EU countries reported shortage occupations related to this sector.