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Denmark Adds Health Workers to Skilled Workers List

Starting July 1, the Danish government will include health and social workers in its skilled workers list.

Copenhagen: Promising news has emerged for health workers aspiring to work abroad. Starting July 1, the Danish government will include health and social workers in its skilled workers list, reflecting a significant expansion of the authorisation scheme under the new legislation.

According to a EURES report, Denmark’s healthcare sector is experiencing a labour shortage. There are numerous vacancies for home-based personal care workers, childcare workers, dental assistants and therapists, pharmaceutical technicians and assistants, medical imaging and therapeutic equipment technicians, midwifery professionals, nursing professionals, specialist medical practitioners, and general medical practitioners.

The official websites of the Immigration Service and the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) detail the provisions of the new law. Media sources report that the first phase of the positive list for skilled workers will include 1,000 residence and work permits.

Under the new law, individuals with a residence permit through the authorisation programme are exempt from needing a separate work permit. The legislation allows foreigners, on authorisation, to remain in Denmark for an additional six months to search for employment.

Healthcare professionals can obtain a residence permit, provided they have a certificate from the Patient Safety Authority. The new regulation removes the need for a separate work permit for those with a valid residence permit, facilitating employment during the authorised stay.

Applicants can seek employment in Denmark for up to six months after completing the authorisation scheme by submitting a separate application. Additionally, the law offers extended stay opportunities for foreign students, aiming to retain international experts in Denmark.

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