Immigration News June 2020

Navigating through immigration challenges during COVID-19

Companies and their foreign hires have faced many complex challenges in a time of lock-down and border closures. Danish immigration authorities – founded on close cooperation with the business community - have managed to solve many critical situations for companies who needed expert advice.

22 June 2020


During the summer, companies should continue their diligence with keeping strict attention to changes to employment contracts, travel restrictions and obligations. Companies should be aware of below:

  • Continued compliance with contractual obligations – notifying or contacting Danish immigration (SIRI) if changes to the employment contract such as reduction in wages, work hours or other changes to the employment in light of COVID-19;
  • Amending the job start date to avoid premature salary payments;
  • Advise employees regarding re-entry permits and special documentation needed for entry to Denmark;
  • Delays to biometrics recording outside Denmark may still occur. This can in turn lead to delayed approval of residence and work permits – (fast track certification may be useful in this case);
  • Advise employees needing to undertake necessary business trips outside Denmark. Companies should consider their duty of care considering the Danish health authorities’ guidance for self-quarantine after arrival in Denmark;
  • Guide and advise employees regarding family visiting in Denmark during the summer holidays.
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