I'm non-EU citizen doing a postdoc at a US university, and I'm not from one of the countries with a relatively strong passport. My goal is to get a job in a EU country that issues a Blue Card and eventually get myself one. I'm trying to see here if I can get closer to my goal by taking the following route: suppose I get a position as a researcher with more than 400,000 annual DKK salary. (I've good chance in getting that). By the "pay limit scheme" mentioned in https://www.justlanded.com/english/Denmark/Denmark-Guide/Visas-Permits/Residence-permits, I can get a Danish work and residency permit. However, my goal is to move outside DK and get a position in EU minus DK in the first year itself. I'd like to know how much mobility does the Danish residence card holders have.

My question is: if I terminate the job contract in before the end, will they terminate my Danish permit as well after 14 days? Or will it still be valid? In the second case, can I use this Danish permit to search for jobs, say in France?

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    I don't know about Denmark (hence I can't answer) but in France it would depend on the visa. My scientist visa won't be revoked if i quit my job, but then I couldn't use that job to apply for a blue card. If I were you I'd work throughout my contract and check the terms of your visa about whether you will be entitled to remain in the country after. Get the blue card during the contract. Could also work the required number of years in DK in order to naturalise which would make your life easier. That's my plan in FR. Also, not quitting job will be less harsh on your lab as well... Jul 29, 2016 at 8:49
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    Why not look for a job (e.g. in Germany but even in France) from Denmark? It seems all around safer from a legal standpoint, you would have more money and more time to find it and your application would look stronger if you are currently employed. Obviously, employers could prefer local candidates but if you want a Blue Card, you have to target technical or managerial jobs requiring high qualifications anyway and in that case being a few hundred kilometers away should not be a deal breaker.
    – Gala
    Jul 29, 2016 at 14:00
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    It's safer because there would be no doubt about the fact that you reside in Denmark and no risk that your permit could be revoked. If you leave your job, you might still keep your permit for some time (or not, I don't know) but you cannot in any case reside in another EU country (or travel elsewhere in the Schengen area for more than 90 days). If you don't have a job and leave Denmark for good, it might appear that you are doing just that and you only have 90 days to find another status...
    – Gala
    Jul 29, 2016 at 23:28
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    By contrast, sending out resumes while living in Denmark is obviously not illegal and even short trips to Germany or elsewhere for an interview are completely fine. So there is nothing preventing you from seeking a job in a Blue Card country. Whatever strategy you use, you are definitely not allowed to work in another EU country and would have to apply for the card after finding a position.
    – Gala
    Jul 29, 2016 at 23:29
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    @Mathmath No you cannot do that. That's the point of the Blue Card: Once you have it, you can start working in another Blue Card country while your application is being processed, with regular permit, you always have to wait for the end of the procedure before starting to work.
    – Gala
    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:57


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