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Foreign Students in Denmark Can Now Work Part-Time for Up to 90 Hours a Month

As of today, July 1, 2024, international students eligible to work in Denmark part-time now have the right to work 90 hours per month.

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According to the Danish Immigration Service, those granted a part-time work permit from Denmark can also work full-time for 90 hours in June, July, and August of this year, Schengen.News reports.

The Executive Order on the issue of residence and work permits for students will be changed on July 1, 2024.

Danish Immigration Service

Previously, Danish authorities required foreign workers to extend their stay in the country before their current residence and work permit expire, with the condition that the work stay does not exceed 90 days within the last 365 days.

Denmark has a strong job market with a low unemployment rate, making it a good place to look for part-time jobs. As a result, the most popular industries for part-time employment include retail, hospitality, and customer service. The minimum wage in Denmark is relatively high, currently at around 110 DKK (€14.75) per hour, and working hours are typically limited to 15-20 hours per week for international students.

Rules on Seeking a Residence Permit for Up to 3 Years in Denmark as a Foreign Student

As the Danish Immigration Service explains, foreign students can apply for a residence permit in Denmark for a job search if they possess a valid residence permit based on completed studies such as a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral program in Denmark approved by a state authority.

Before applying, applicants should know that a state authority has approved their educational program and check if their current residence permit already includes a job search period.

Thus, the Styrelsen for International Rekruttering of Integration (SIRI) automatically grants a 3-year job search period together with the study permit if the validity of the passport allows.

International students can apply for a job search permit only if they follow these rules as follows:

  • The validity period of the residence permit as a student has been shortened due to the expiration date on the passport.
  • They have received a 6-month period to look for work together with the residence permit or completed their education program in Denmark after the specified study period.

Recently, the country also decided to relax some of its rules regarding foreign professional models, granting them the right to work in the country without a work permit for short periods of time.

Since June 1, 2024, this group of workers can professional models to enter Denmark without a work permit for up to three separate work periods of three days within 180 days.

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