Denmark ImmigrationIt is possible to be granted a three-year residence permit for the purpose of seeking work, and subsequently working, in Denmark. A residence and work permit under the Greencard scheme is issued on the basis of an individual evaluation using a point system designed to assess the likelihood that the applicant will be able to find qualified work in Denmark.
If you are a Nordic citizen, you are free to reside, study and work in Denmark. If you are an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss citizen seeking residence in Denmark based on the EU rules on freedom of movement, you may be subject to special regulations.
- In order to be granted a residence permit under the Greencard scheme, you must attain at least 100 points. Points are given for: educational level, language skills, work experience, adaptability, and age.
- You must have full health insurance covering you and any accompanying family members until you are covered by the Danish national health insurance.
- You must be able to support yourself during your first year in Denmark.
Educational levelIn order to receive points for educational level, you must, as a minimum, have the equivalent of a Danish Bachelor’s degree. You will only be given points for one educational level. Points are given as follows:
- Bachelor’s degree/Graduated from medium-length education: 30 points.
- Bachelor's degree followed by one-year Master's degree: 50 points.
- Master’s degree: 60 points.
- PhD: 80 points.
Financial requirementsTo obtain a residence permit under the Greencard scheme, you must be able to support yourself during your first year in Denmark.
There are differing rates of Start Help, depending on your age and number of dependants.
The monthly Start Help rates are (2010 level):
- DKK 5,267 for persons under the age of 25 living alone
- DKK 6,351 for persons over the age of 25 living alone
- DKK 5,267 per person for spouses or cohabiting partners
- DKK 1,317 per child for married or cohabiting parents
- DKK 1,589 per child for single parents
Bank account statements and similar documents can be used as documentation of your financial resources.
DurationIf your job is listed on the Positive List, you can be granted a residence and work permit for up to three years with a possibility for extension of up to four years.
Family membersIf you hold a residence and work permit under the Positive List, your spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner, as well as any children under the age of 18 who are living at home with you, are also eligible for residence permits.
The Positive ListThe Positive List consists of a number of professional fields currently experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals.
- Academic work
- IT and telecommunication
- Educational, social and religious work
- Sales, purchases and marketing
- Health, healthcare and personal care
- Freight forwarding, postal services, storage and engine operation
- Education and tuition
The Processing time is 4-6 months.Minimum Points required 100
The points are awarded for
- Work Experience,
- Language Skills
- Initially the visa is issued for 3 years with a possible extension for next 4 years.
35-40 years : 10 points.
34 years or younger :15 points.
- Work experience
1-2 years within the past five years as a researcher/in field listed on the Positive List : 10 points.
3-5 years within the past five years as a researcher/in field listed on the Positive List : 15 points.
3-5 years within the past five years, other work : 5 points.
You can be given a maximum of 15 points for your work experience
IELTS not required. English proficiency letter will suffice the requirement of English language.
Benefits of Denmark Green Card:
- Denmark offers a high quality of life Bring your family easily
- Great social security
- Cost and maintenance of residence 22%
- Food, drink and tobacco 17%
- Transport and communication 17%
- Other products and services, such as childcare 13%
- Leisure equipment, entertainment 11%
- Heating, electricity 7%
- Domestic equipment 6%
- Clothes, footwear 5%
- Medical expenses 2%