2 Eligibility Requirements
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You can work in Greenland without holding a work permit if your stay is shorter than 3 months, and you are:
a researcher or a lecturer who has been invited to teach or lecture in Greenland,
a professional athlete or artist (excluding performers, restaurant musicians and similar),
a representative of a foreign company or organisation, which do not have a branch office in Greenland, who is on a business trip in Greenland,
an individual employed in the household of foreign nationals visiting Greenland for up to three months,
a fitter, consultant or instructor hired to fit, install, inspect or repair machines, equipment, computer programmes or similar items. Read more about the so-called “fitter rule” here.
However, you must still hold a visa if you are a national of country whose citizens are required to have a visa to visit Greenland.
You are only allowed to work in the job and in the company that you have been granted a permit to work in.
If you are offered a new job, you must apply for a new permit before you start the new job. This also applies if you are offered a new position within the same company.
If you wish to take a sideline job, you have to obtain a separate permit.
You must be able to support yourself and your family during your stay. You are not allowed to receive public benefits.
If you or your family members receive such benefits during your stay, your permit can be revoked – and you will lose the right to stay in Greenland.
If your employment is for 1 year or more, you will normally be granted a residence permit valid for 1 year. If you want to continue to work in Greenland beyond the first year, you must apply for an extension of your residence and work permit based on the extension of your employment contract. It is very important that you apply for an extension before your permit expires.
A residence and work permit based on a job in Greenland allows your family to come with you to Greenland.
A permit can be granted to your spouse, registered or cohabiting partner as well as children under the age of 18 living at home.
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