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. More information about EU/EEA and Nordic citizens.
If you already hold a Danish residence permit based on family reunification or asylum, or hold a residence permit on humanitarian grounds, you do not need a work permit in order to work in Denmark.
It is your own responsibility to obtain a residence permit if you are required to. If you work illegally in Denmark, you risk deportation, and you and your employer risk fine or imprisonment.
Conditions For Green Card Scheme
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. Read more about financial requirements.
Educational level Requirement
The Immigration Service will ask CIRIUS, a body under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, to assess your educational level. To enable CIRIUS to do this, you must include diplomas as well as transcripts in your application.
In 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.
- Top 400: 5 points.
- Top 200: 10 points.
- Top 100: 15 points.
You will be given 10 bonus points if your education qualifies you to work in a field where Denmark is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals. You can find these fields on the Positive List.
You can be given a maximum of 105 points for your educational level.
Language skills Requirement
In order to be given points for language skills, you must document that you have passed an exam in either Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German at a level corresponding to at least Danish Language Test, Level 1 (Prøve i Dansk 1). You can only receive points for one Scandinavian language and for either English or German. As such, you can receive points for both Swedish and English, or both Danish and German, but not for both Danish and Norwegian, or for both English and German.
Here is a list of foreign language exams with their corresponding Danish level. Only approved exams qualify for points. Other exams do not qualify for points.
As an alternative to a language exam, you can document your language skills with a statement from a previous employer attesting that you have used Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German on the job for at least one year, or by presenting documentation that you have completed at least one year of studies at a higher educational Programme which was taught in one of these languages. This will be accepted as a level corresponding to that of Study Test in Danish as a Second Language (Studieprøven). Points are given as follows:
- Level corresponding to Danish Language Test, Level 1 (Prøve i Dansk 1): 5 points.
- Level corresponding to Danish Language Test, Level 2 (Prøve i Dansk 2): 10 points.
- Level corresponding to Danish Language Test, Level 3 (Prøve i Dansk 3): 15 points.
- Level corresponding to Study Test in Danish as a Second Language (Studieprøven) or higher/one year's study or work: 20 points
Please note: Good Danish skills are often essential to engage effectively in the Danish labor market.
Work experience Requirement
- 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.
- Completion of at least one year's study at a higher educational programme in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland: 5 points.
- Completion of at least three years' study at a higher educational programme in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland: 10 points.
- At least one full year's (12 consecutive months') legal residence and work in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland: 5 points.
- At least two consecutive year's legal residence and work in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland: 10 points.
You can be given a maximum of 15 points for your adaptability.
- 35-40 years: 10 points.
- 34 years or younger: 15 points.
The original documents must be presented when submitting your application at a Danish embassy, a police station in Denmark or at the Immigration Service, where an official will use them to certify that the copy is authentic.
When processing your application, we may request that you send us the original educational documents.
Please note that documents not written in Danish, English, German, Norwegian or Swedish must be submitted together with a certified translation in Danish or English.
Please also note that educational documents from Pakistan must be stamped by the Higher Education Commission.
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.
ExtensionYour 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.