Immigration to Denmark

Known for its fairly tales, the Kingdom of Denmark is situated in Northern Europe. This Scandinavian nation consists of Denmark, Faroe Islands and Greenland. A nation of many islands, it is the place for those who love to be in the lap of nature at all times. There are about hundreds of minor islands which are collectively known as the Danish Archipelago. 
The nation has been ranked the highest in terms of income equality. It has the most appropriate climate for business as per Forbes. Between 2006 and 2008, the nation was ranked as “the happiest place in the world”. 
when it comes to the standards of health, education and welfare. It has also been rated as the second most peaceful place in the world. This clearly projects the kind of opportunities for life that would be offered. The options here are definitely much more than just live and work. 
Be it professional or business opportunities combined with facilities which can be considered as one of the best in the world, immigration to this destination would definitely not be a mistake. 
Employment Opportunities in Denmark
 With major part of the population retiring, Denmark is experiencing a shortage of skilled workforce. To cater to this need, the  Positive List has been introduced by the Denmark Government which enlists all the occupations which are in need of skilled professionals. Foreign professionals who are not the citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are permitted to work under the Positive List Scheme. They can even acquire a residence permit under the same. However, they need to obtain a job offer with a Danish employer before coming to Denmark.
The Positive List offers numerous opportunities for those seeking employment in Denmark. Some of the sectors include the following:

  •  IT and Communication 
  • Academia
  • Education, Social and Religious Work 
  • Management
  • Healthcare Industry
  • Education and Tuition
There are many different professional areas under the above industrial sectors. In order to live and work in Denmark, an applicant has to apply for immigration under the Denmark Green Card Scheme.

Denmark Green Card Scheme 
The Kingdom of Denmark offers a Green Card for those who intend to live and work in Denmark. This Green Card caters to a residence and a work permit which is issued to selected applicants by the Government of Denmark.
This scheme permits the family members of the applicant to accompany. The family members include only the spouse and children (under 18 years of age) living with the applicant and spouse. The spouse or the partner is permitted to seek a full- time employment opportunity till their visa is valid. However, it is mandatory that the entire family lives at one address in Denmark.
This Green Card is issued to the selected applicant after a thorough evaluation with the help of a Points Based System. This system has been developed to assess the ability of an applicant or a prospective immigrant to seek qualified employment in Denmark.
However, a Nordic citizen is permitted to study, work and reside in Denmark without any terms and conditions. Citizens from the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss nationals can live in Denmark as per the rules of Freedom of Movement set by the EU. These immigrants might be subject to specific regulations.
Eligibility Criteria 
The eligibility criteria are assessed on a Points Based System. For each criterion, the applicant would be assigned certain points. He would have to score a minimum pass mark for his application to be processed. Bonus points could also be scored under some of the categories. The key areas for scoring points are:
  1.  Age: A maximum of 15 points could be earned under this category. 
  2. Academic Qualifications: A maximum of 105 points could be scored under this category. An applicant must have qualifications which are equivalent to a Danish Bachelors degree. For this, an assessment of the academic credentials would be done by CIRIUS which is the designated body under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Here, bonus points could also be scored if the acquired qualifications are from a top ranking university or institution. Also, if the education caters to one of the occupations mentioned on the Positive List.*
  3. Professional Experience: A maximum of 15 points could be scored under this area. Points are allotted depending on the total years of work experience. This includes working in an industry sector which is currently in short of workers (Positive List) or as a researcher. Even if both the above do not apply, an applicant can still earn points.
  4. Language Skills: A maximum of 30 points could be scored here. This criterion assesses the knowledge of an applicant in Danish, English, German or Norwegian. Separate points could be scored for one Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) and either English or German. Documentary evidence should be provided in the form of an examination report of the Danish Language Test (Level 1). Also, a statement from the former employer stating your language skills in the above mentioned languages would be acceptable. A one year study of one of these languages while pursuing higher education would also do.
  5. Adaptability: 15 points could be earned under this category. Points are awarded to those applicants who have either studied or worked in a nation under the European Union/European Economic Area. However, points could be claimed for either work experience or educational qualifications.
*Positive list: It is a list of occupations which are currently in short of professionals in Denmark. Under the Positive List Scheme, foreign migrants (not belonging to EU or Switzerland) are eligible to live and work in Denmark in the occupations mentioned in this list.
Point Based System: 
Age Points
35-40 years 10
34 years or younger 15
Academic Qualification
Education Points
PhD 80
Masters degree 60
Bachelors degree & 1 year Masters Degree 50
Bachelors’ degree 30
Bonus Points
Institutional Ranking Bonus Points
Top 100 15
Top 200 10
Top 400 5

10 Additional Points if your education qualifies you to work in the listed occupations.
Language Skills
Language Proficiency Level Points
Level 1 5
Level 2 10
Level 3 15
Danish Language Test 20
IELTS with score of 6.5 or more 20
Professional Work Experience
Work Experience Points
3-5 years* 15
1-2 years* 10
3-5 years experience in other work 5
Experience as a researcher or in an occupation in the Positive List
Education in EU/EEA/Switzerland Points
3 years of higher education 10
1 year of higher education 5
Professional Experience in EU/EEA/Switzerland Points
Minimum of 2 years of work and residence 10
Minimum of 1 year of work and residence 5