Citizens from other (non-EU/EEA) countries

If you are a citizen from a country outside the EU/EEA, it is essential that you have been granted a work and residence permit before you start working in Denmark.

If you have already obtained a residence and work permit, continue at step 2. 

Step 1: Immigration service –Residence and Work Permit

You must submit your application for a residence and work permit to the Immigration Service in Denmark or to a Danish representative office (embassy or consulate) in your home country before moving to Denmark.

For further information on the various schemes, procedures, application forms and those persons who can expect to be granted a residence and work permit, please consult the website of the Danish Immigration Service at www.newtodenmark.dk.

Step 2: Citizens’ Service office – Civil Registration (CPR) Number and Health Insurance Card

Once you have been granted a residence and work permit, you must be registered with the national registration office at the Citizens’ Service office (Borgerservice) in your municipality. You need to be registered to obtain a civil registration (CPR) number and a health insurance card. You will also be asked at the Citizens’ Service office to choose a personal general practitioner (GP). You will be able to choose from a list at the office.

Remember to bring:

  • Passport or ID with photo
  • Work and residence permit
  • Marriage certificate and children’s birth certificates if applicable (original documents)

When you have been registered, you will be issued with a Danish CPR number, and a yellow health insurance card will be sent to your registered address. When you register with the Citizens’ Service office you will also be asked to choose a general practitioner (GP). You will be able to choose from a list at the Citizens’ Service office. You will need your yellow health insurance card when contacting your GP, hospitals and dentist. You are entitled to the same health services as a Dane.

Step 3: Income Tax – Tax Card

When you work in Denmark, you must also pay income tax in Denmark, and you will therefore need a tax card. SKAT is the Danish Tax Authority which issues tax cards.
We recommend that you consult SKAT’s website in order to learn more about how to contact SKAT and how to obtain a tax card.

We recommend that you bring the following documents if you are to meet with SKAT in person:

  • Passport or ID with photo
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable) (original document)
  • Supporting documentation for your address in Denmark (such as a rental contract for your accommodation)
  • The latest income tax return from your former country of residence
  • Employment contract
  • Bank details from your home country

Please note that if your income changes, if you purchase a property, if you take out a loan etc. you must contact SKAT. A new tax card will then be issued.

For Hedensted and district the tax centre is located at:

Skattecenter Horsens
Løvenørnsgade 25
8700 Horsens

Step 4: Bank Account

You must have a bank account to receive your salary. You will only be able to open a bank account after you have been issued with a CPR number (see above).

Remember to bring:

  • Employment contract (If you are a student you should bring your letter of enrolment from the Danish educational institution you attend)
  • Passport or ID with photo
  • Proof of address in Denmark (such as a rental contract for your accommodation)
  • Your CPR number

Ask the Bank to make the account a “NemKonto”.
Read more about "NemKonto"