Apply for a work and residence permit

Has your business plan been approved by the Startup Denmark expert panel? Then you are only one step from launching your startup in Denmark.

Good to know before you apply

  • Applying for a residence and work permit has a processing fee of DKK 1,900.
  • You must provide documentary evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your first year in Denmark.
  • The normal processing time is one month.

How does it work?

If your business plan is approved by the Startup Denmark expert panel, you can apply for a residence and work permit at the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). There is a processing fee of DKK 1,900, and the agency usually considers applications within one month of submission.

Read more about how to apply for a residence and work permit

What are the conditions?

You must meet certain conditions to be granted a work and residence permit.

Active ownership

You must own a minimum of 10 percent of the company and play an active part in running the business before you can obtain a residence permit. Your presence must be necessary for the establishment of the business. If you have only economic or financial interests in the business – for example, if you are a shareholder – you cannot be granted a permit based on the Startup Denmark scheme.   

The self-support requirement

You must be able to support yourself. This means you must provide documentary evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your first year in Denmark. If your family is accompanying you to Denmark, you must also provide documentation of your ability to support them.

You must provide documentation that you have (2022 level)

funds corresponding to DKK 140,592 (2022 level). 

  • If you apply together with your spouse, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 281,184 (2022 level). 
  • If you apply together with your spouse and one or more children, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 327,432 (2022 level). 
  • If you apply together with one or more children, you must document that you have disposable funds corresponding to DKK 186,840 (2022 level). 
  • If your spouse is applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 140,592 (2022 level). 
  • If your spouse and one or more children are applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 186,840 (2022 level). 
  • If one or more of your children are applying after you have been granted a permit, the amount is DKK 46,248 (2022 level). 

Documentation of your ability to support yourself and any accompanying family members could for instance be in the form of a bank statement.

Read more about the self-support requirement