Guest researchers

Sideline employment

If you hold a residence and work permit as a guest researcher you are allowed to perform sideline employment without a separate work permit as long as your sideline employment is related to your main tasks that forms the basis of your residence permit. Whether or not the main and sideline employments are related always depends on a specific and individual assessment.

If you want to confirm that your main and sideline employments are related, please contact The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.

If you hold a residence and work permit as a guest Ph.D-student you are not covered by these rules and you have to apply for a separate work permit for any sideline employment. Please follow the instructions further below.

Volunteer work

If you hold a residence and work permit on the grounds of work your permit entails a right to carry out unpaid volunteer work besides your main employment and any sideline employment.

That the work must be unpaid means that neither salary or any other goods can be received, e.g. paid phone, internet etc. Smaller goods that other volunteers receive are acceptable. Such as payment of transportation costs to the work place, free lunch, christmas gift, etc.

The volunteer work can be performed for a formally organised organisation, association, public institutions or the like. The volunteer work can also be performed in more loosely organised networks.

The unpaid volunteer work cannot replace salaried manpower and therefore it is a condition that it is usual that the work is performed unpaid and on a volunteer basis.

The right to perform volunteer work does not require an application, but is encompassed by the original residence and work permit on the grounds of work.

Practice

• A permit for sideline employment is normally granted with a view to do sideline employment of up to 8-15 hours per week and total employment of up to 45 hours per week.
• Please note that full-time employment is not a requirement for researchers.
• You do not have to pay a fee for an application for sideline employment, and you do not need to have your biometric features recorded.
• The processing time for a permit for sideline employment is up to one month from the date the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) receives a fully completed application.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact International Staff Office (ISO) at iso@sdu.dk.

How to apply

If you are going to perform sideline employment at SDU, please read the following instructions for the application process:

If you already have a residence and work permit:

1. Please contact SDU (International Staff Office) at iso@sdu.dk who will begin the application process by completing part 2 of the AR1 application form.
2. You must complete the employee's part of the AR1 application form. You will receive a reference number and password from SDU for this purpose. Remember that you have to attach all the required documentation from you, SDU and the other educational institution/company, you are going to do sideline employment at.
3. Afterwards you submit the online application to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

You can read more about the application for sideline employment at newtodenmark's website.

If you do not have a residence and work permit, and you know that you have been offered a sideline job before coming to work at SDU, you can apply for a permit for sideline employment at the same time as your residence and work permit:

After SDU (International Staff Office) has filled out part 2 of the AR1 application form, please follow these guidelines:
1. You must complete the applicant/employees part of the application.
2. Please submit your employment contract or a specific job offer which may not be more than 30 days old.
3. Please submit the other types of documentation that you think could be relevant to support your case.

You can read more about the application for sideline employment at newtodenmark's website.

If you are going to do sideline employment at another educational institution than SDU, please note that it is important that you contact the educational institution or company before submitting your application to the Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), as the educational institution/company must begin the application process. You can find the contact information for KU (Copenhagen University), AU (Aarhus University), AAU (Aalborg University) and SDU (the University of Southern Denmark) here:
SDU: http: //www.sdu.dk/en/information_til/international_staff/contact
KU: http: //ism.ku.dk
AU: http: //ias.au.dk/international-academic-staff-ias/
AAU: http://www.iso.aau.dk

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact ISO at iso@sdu.dk.

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