Work Visa - Intern

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You can be granted a residence permit as an intern in Greenland if you meet two conditions:
  • You are enrolled in an educational programme in your home country or in a country where you have been a legal resident.
  • There are specific educational reasons for your internship in Greenland.
Your internship host must be qualified to host and train an intern. If an approval of the place of internship is not issued within the field in question, your place of internship must submit a description of the internship’s training programme.

In addition, your place of internship must inform who has been appointed to supervise you during the internship, and also inform about the firms experience with interns or trainees. As a supplement, SIRI can obtain information from relevant professional organizations.

Your place of internship must submit a description of your tasks and a training programme along with the application.

If your internship is paid, then salary and terms of employment must correspond to the current collective agreements for interns.


12 months





Processing time

3 months




What are eligibility requirements for the Work Visa - Intern?

8 Eligibility Requirements

  • You have been offered a job as an intern in Greenland.
  • You must be able to support yourself during your stay. You are not allowed to receive public benefits.
  • You must be at least 18 years old but cannot have turned 35 at the time of application.
  • The internship must supplement the educational program you have begun in your home country or in the country where you have been a legal resident. The internship’s purpose should not be to supplement a Greenlandic educational program. You must provide documentation of enrollment in your educational program with a list of the courses you have completed. An authorized translation of the list must be submitted along with your application.
  • The internship must be professionally related to your on-going educational programme.
  • If your education is completed, then this must have happened recently. If you have completed your education more than 18 months ago we will estimate whether there still is coherence between your completed education, your career direction and the proposed internship. Our estimation will include information about your post-educational employment.
  • If your internship is without pay, you must provide documentation of your ability to support yourself during the full period of your internship.
  • You must have an amount at your disposal corresponding to DKK 4.200 for each month you will be staying in Greenland.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Work Visa - Intern?

8 Document Required

  • Copy of all pages of your passport – including all empty pages and the passport’s front and back cover.
  • Official approval of the place of internship or, if approval is not issued, place of internships despription of programme of study, supervision and internship experience.
  • Copy of signed employment contract (unless you are an unpaid intern).
  • Documentation of educational background including a list of subjects.
  • Documentation of relevant work experience.
  • Place of internships description of internship tasks and plan of education.
  • Documentation of that you can support yourself (only if your internship is unpaid). Documentation can be in the form of a bank statement or a copy of a scholarship certificate. It is important that the documentation is in your name. You will not meet the requirement if someone else supports you.
  • Fill in the online application form.

Frequently asked questions

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  • A residence and work permit allows you to stay in Greenland for the period of time your permit is valid.

    If you are a citizen from a country outside the EU/EEA, the residence permit does not give you the right to reside in the Schengen area.

    If you have been legally living in Greenland for less than two years, you can stay outside the Greenland up to 6 months.

    If you need to stay abroad for a longer period of time, you can apply for dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing. Please note that dispensation is only given under special circumstances e.g. if a close family member is seriously ill.

  • You can only work in the position and in the place of internship that you have been granted a permit to work in.

    If you are offered a new internship, you must apply for a new permit. This also applies if you are offered a new position in the same workplace.

    If you, in connection to your job, need to stay abroad for a longer period of time, you can apply for dispensation to prevent your permit from lapsing.

  • As an intern in Greenland, you can be granted a residence and work permit valid for up to 12 months with the possibility of an additional extension of 18 months in total.

  • Normally, with a residence permit as an intern you are not allowed to bring your family with you to Greenland.

Talent Migration data for Greenland

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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