Denmark: Pay Limit Scheme minimum salary level to be increased

Foreign nationals must earn at least DKK 408,000 per year to qualify for a work and residence permit under the Pay Limit Scheme.

This new rule applies to work and residence permit applications submitted on or after January 1, 2017. Applications submitted prior to January 1, 2017, will be subject to the current DKK 400,000 threshold.

This amount is subject to change on an annual basis.

Fast Track Scheme applicants employed according to the conditions of the Pay Limit Scheme – one of the four tracks available under the Fast Track Scheme – will also be subject to the new minimum salary level.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Employers filing work permit applications on or after January 1, 2017, must ensure that salaries paid to Pay Limit Scheme applicants in Denmark meet the increased minimum level.

Applicants seeking work permit renewals for existing permits on or after January 1, 2017, will still be subject to a salary of DKK 400,000 if all employment conditions remain the same.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK