You are a worker or a self-employed person under EU law
In the following you can find information about when you are a worker or a self-employed person under EU law and about the Agency’s ongoing monitoring
There is a difference between whether you are an EU worker (employee) or a self-employed person:
We always make a specific assessment of all the information in your case about your employment when we assess whether you may be considered a worker under EU law. According to jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the decisive point of whether a person may be considered a worker under EU law is that, for a certain period of time, the person performs services for and under the direction of another person in return for which s/he receives remuneration (salary). At the same time, it is crucial that the employment is genuine and effective and not what EU law refers to as marginal and ancillary.
As a general rule, we expect that you as a minimum work 10 – 12 hours a week. Since the decisive point according to case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union is that the employment has lasted for a certain period of time, we also expect that you, as a starting point, have employment to this extent every week for a continuous period of 10 weeks..
In our assessment we also include criteria such as whether you are entitled to paid holiday, remuneration during illness, the duration of the employment relationship and whether a collective agreement applies to the employment. Furthermore, in our assessment we also put emphasis on whether you have a gross income of a certain size every month.
When we assess whether you may be considered a worker, we look at the documents you submit along with the information form for foreign citizens. The documentation of your employment is among other things an employment contract and payslips from your employer in Denmark. After having applied for SU online through minSU, you must submit the information form and the documents to the SU office at your educational institution.
When you receive SU because you may be considered a worker, as described in the above, you are, as a starting point, required continuously to work a minimum of 10 – 12 hours each week while you study and receive SU.
We always conduct a specific assessment of your business when we assess whether you may be considered a self-employed person in Denmark under EU law. In our assessment we put emphasis on whether your business is registered in the Danish Central Business Register (CVR) and whether you can demonstrate that your business is economically active.
We require that you, on your own account and risk, run a professional business of economic nature and with the purpose of earning economic profit. This means that you as a self-employed person on a stable and continuous basis must participate in the economic life of the host member state (i.e. Denmark). At the same time, we require that the business is conducted on fairly regular basis and through a not entirely short period of time and that the business is not of very secondary size.
In order to document that you have established yourself as a self-employed person as defined in EU law, you can submit copies of your business’ financial statements or a budget of first operating year, a business plan, invoices made out to customers, documentation of your business expenses, VAT payments, rental agreement of office, expenditure on wages and salaries to employees, as well as contracts you have made with business partners. After having applied for SU through minSU, you must attach the documentary evidence to the information form "Foreign citizen" (udenlandsk statsborger) which you submit to your educational institution.
Please be aware that it may have tax consequences for you if you as a foreign student choose to set up your own business in Denmark. For questions regarding these consequences, please contact the Danish Customs and Tax Administration.
Your SU will be discontinued if you do not meet the conditions
If you do not meet the conditions for being a worker or a self-employed person specified above, we will discontinue your SU and if you have received too much SU, you must pay back this amount.
We monitor on an ongoing basis if you continue to meet the conditions for having the status of a worker or a self-employed person. The monitoring is among other things conducted on the basis of the information your employer reports to the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen) about your income and working hours.
If you are not able to provide documentary evidence that you still meet the conditions, we will discontinue your SU and if you have received too much SU, you must pay back this amount.
If you are a worker, we can ask you to submit documentary evidence showing that you have had effective and genuine work to a minimum of 10-12 hours a week. This documentation can among other things be pay slips, a new employment contract, time sheets and/or duty rosters, documentation for holiday and so on.
If you are a self-employed person, we can ask you to submit documentary evidence showing that there are still economic activities in your business. The documentation can be copies of financial statements, tax assessment notice from the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen), invoices made out to customers, documentation of your business expenses, business account statements, VAT payments, rental agreement of office lease, expenditure on wages and salaries to employees, information about inventory as well client agreements.
How to apply
Read more about how to apply for the first time though minSU.
Inform us if there are changes to your circumstances
It is important that you inform us if there are changes to your circumstances that relate to your equal status with Danish citizens. Please see what to do depending on the change.