Denmark is one of the European Union’s most active members in trying to recruit skilled workers from around the world. Denmark’s immigration policy, similar to the United Kingdom’s skilled immigration program, utilizes a points based system called the Danish Green Card to attract skilled workers from outside the EU. In addition, Denmark has a work permit system called the Positive List scheme for people who have a valid job offer from a Danish employer.
The Danish Green Card
If you can score enough points based upon criteria such as age, education, language skills, and work experience, you can obtain a three year residence permit under theDanish Green Card scheme which will allow you to live in Denmark and find work. A previous job offer is not required.
There are many occupations in Denmark for which there is a lack of qualified workers. If you have skills in one of these occupations, you can obtain a work and residence permit in very little time under the Positive List scheme.
The Pay Limit Scheme
If you have a job offer from a Danish employer that pays more than DKK 375,000 (approximately USD 80,000), you are also eligibile for a work and residence permit in Denmark under the Pay Limit scheme.