How to Get a Permanent Residence and Work Permit in Denmark?


Danish Green Card: Denmark’s point based Immigration scheme


Anyone wishing to get a three-year residence and work permit in Denmark must be granted with Green card holders which are issued based on the assessment using Points- based immigration systems. Denmark is one of the countries among the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand which give a green light to skilled professionals to work and live in their nations. Points are given for educational level, language skills, work experience, adaptability, and age. Program offers bonus points to the immigrant applicants who have worked in EU or have earned European educational qualification. Only applicants whose occupations are in shortage in Denmark and are mentioned in the positive list can apply for Danish Green Card.


Immigration Denmark Green Card- Accompanying spouse and children


If you hold a permit under the Denmark Green card scheme, 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. Your family members must be able to support themselves and you must live together in Denmark at the same address. Your spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner is allowed to work full-time for the entire period his or her permit is valid.


Immigration Denmark Green card – Duration


A residence permit under the Green card scheme can be granted for up to three years with a possibility for extension of up to four years. Your residence permit can only be granted or extended up to three months before your passport expires. This means that if your passport expires in 12 months, you can only be granted a permit for nine months, or your permit can only be extended by nine months.


Immigration- Denmark Green Card Extension


Your residence permit can be extended by four years if you have worked for the past 12 months for a minimum of ten hours per week. Your residence permit can be extended by one year if you have lost your job through no fault of your own (e.g. due to cutbacks) no more than three months before applying for an extension, and if prior to this, you worked for 12 months for a minimum of ten hours per week.


Denmark Green Card- processing delays


Denmark green card carries a processing delay of 30-60 days from the date of filing the complete application with all required documents. An application for a Denmark Green card residence permit is considered complete if the Immigration Service does not need to request CIRIUS – a body under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation – to evaluate the applicant’s educational level. CIRIUS is normally requested to evaluate an application if an applicant who attended a foreign educational institution has not included a CIRIUS evaluation as part of the application. Once CIRIUS has provided its evaluation, the application will be considered complete and processed within one month. The Immigration Service will inform applicants whose applications have been sent to CIRIUS for review.


Denmark Green Card – Required documents


* Translation: ANY document that is in language other than English and forms part of the application should be and is requited to be translated by a locally state or city authorized translator. He will translate and attest the translations to be true and also provide his registration certification copy as an authorized translator.


* A copy of passport of all family members who are part of the application is required. The copy should include COVER of the passport and ALL pages of the passport.


* Documentation of educational level (diploma, examination certificate): Please note that documents provided should include all degrees/diplomas and mark sheets. They are required ONLY for post senior secondary qualifications, which will means graduation, post graduation and doctorate. In addition, it is required that applicant provides the Full address, email and phone number of the educational institution. The applicant should also provide name, phone and email ID of two officials of the Educational institution.


* Documentation of work experience (statement from previous employer); this will be reference letters from employers that contain all relevant details like date of joining and relieving, designation(s), duties and responsibilities- on the lines it is required for Australia and Canada.


* Documentation of language skills (diploma, test results and/or statement from previous employer).


* Documentation that you can support yourself during your first year in Denmark. This can be provided in the form of a bank statement in your and if married, in spousal name.


The currency of Denmark is Danish Krone (Dkk) and 1 Dkk is around INR 9.20.The form of government is a parliamentary democracy with a royal head of state. Denmark is a developed industrialized country. Denmark is a member of the European Union. The population stands at c. 5,511 million and 85% of the population lives in towns.