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Denmark Green Card (PR)

The Danish Green Card scheme allows you to live and work in Denmark if you can score enough points based upon criteria such as age, language skills, work experience, and education. If you score at least 100 points, you can obtain a residence permit valid for up to three years. In addtion, you will be able to bring your immediate family along.

As well as scoring 100 points, you must have a valid health insurance policy and be able to provide proof that you can support yourself and your family while you look for work in Denmark.

The Danish Green Card Points Based System
Under the Danish Green Card scheme, points are score under five areas: Education, Language Skills, Work Experience, Adaptability, and Age. It is also possible to score a number of bonus points for various factors described below.

Education
To score points for Education, you must have the Danish equivalent of a bachelors degree. Your academic credentials must be assessed by CIRIUS, a body under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation.

In addition to points scored for your degree, bonus points can be awarded under Education for obtaining a degree from a top school or by having an education which qualifies you for work in an occupation on the Positive List.

With the addition of bonus points, the maximum number of points that can be scored for Education is 105. It is possible for you to score enough points for a work and residence permit based soley upon points earned for Education.

Education level
 Points
 
Bachelors degree
 30
Bachelors degree + 1 year Masters degree
 50
Masters degree
 60
PhD
 80
Bonus points can also be earned under Education:
School Ranking
 Bonus Points
Top 400
 5
Top 200
 10
Top 100
 15
Education related to occupation on the Positive List
 Bonus Points
Yes
 10
Language Skills
You can earn a maximum of 30 points for language skills which includes knowledge of Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German. Points can be earned for both one Scandinavian language (Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian) and either English or German, but not for both English and German or two or more Scandinavian languages.

You will be required to show that you have passed an exam equivalent to at least a Danish Language Test, Level 1. Alternatively, you can prove language proficiency through a statement by your previous employer stating that you used Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German while performing your job for at least one year, or by proving that you have completed at least one year's study in higher education which was taught in one of these languages. In the case of these last two requirements, you will have shown a language proficiency equal to a Study Test in Danish as a Second Language.
Language Proficiency Level
 Points
Level 1
 5
Level 2
 10
Level 3
 15
Study Test in Danish as a Second Language
 20
Work Experience
You can score a maximum of 15 points under Work Experience. Your points are earned based upon the number of years you have worked as a researcher, or in a field of work that is currently in shortage in Denmark (i.e., a job listed on the Positive List). If this does not apply to you, you can still earn points for experience any other single occupation.

Work Experience
 Points
3-5 years experience as a researcher or in a field on the Positive List
 15
1-2 years experience as a researcher or in a field on the Positive List
 10
3-5 years experience in other work
 5
Adaptability
If you have studied or worked in the European Union/European Economic Area, you can claim a maximum of 15 points for adaptability. You can only claim points for either education experience or work experience -- not both.
EU/EEA Education Experience
 Points
Completion of at least one year of study in higher education in the EU/EEA or Switzerland
 5
Completion of at least three years of study in higher education in the EU/EEA or Switzerland
 10
EU/EEA Work Experience
 Points
At least one year of work and residence in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland
 5
At least two years of work and residence in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland
 10
Age
You can also earn a maximum of 15 points for your age:

Age
 Points
 
35-40 years
 10
 
34 years or younger
 15
Family Members
If you are granted a residence permit under Denmark's Green Card Scheme, your spouse or partner is also eligible for a residence permit, as well as any children under the age of 18 who are living at home with you. Your spouse or partner is allowed to work full time for the entire period of the residence permit's validity.

The Positive List - overview
Below follows an overview of all job titles on the Positive List, divided into professional fields.

Academic work
Accountant
Requirement: Master's degree

Assistant professor, social sciences
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level

Associate professor, natural science and technology
Requirement: Master's degree

Associate professor, social sciences
Requirement: Master's degree

Building engineer
Requirement: Master's degree

Business controller
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level
Chemist
Requirement: Master's degree

Construction engineer
Requirement: Master's degree

Consulting physician
Requirement: Master's degree + Danish authorisation

Dentist
Requirement: Master's degree + Danish authorisation

Electric engineer
Requirement: Medium-cycle higher education

Financial controller
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level

Fresh water biologist
Requirement: Master's degree

General practitioner
Requirement: Master's degree + Danish authorisation
Geologist
Requirement: Master's degree
Geophysicist
Requirement: Master's degree
Hospital doctor
Requirement: Master's degree + Danish authorisation
Hospital physicist
Requirement: Master's degree
Lawyer
Requirement: Master's degree + Danish authorisation
Legal assistant
Requirement: Master's degree
Mechanical engineer
Requirement: Medium-cycle higher education
Medical consultant
Requirement: Master's degree + Danish authorisation
Medical specialist
Requirement: Master's degree + Danish authorisation
Music teacher
Requirement: Master's degree

Physical geographer
Requirement: Master's degree

Secondary school teacher, natural sciences physical education
Requirement: Master's degree + Danish authorisation

IT and telecommunication
Database developer
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' IT education

IT consultant
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' IT education

IT project manager
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' IT education

Network consultant
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' IT education

Software developer
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' IT education

System developer
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' IT education

Management
Accounting manager
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level
Deputy head of institution
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level

Head of department
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level

Head of institution
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level

Head of institution department
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level

Production manager
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level

Sales manager
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level

School department head
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level

Social and health department head
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level
Educational, social and religious work
Remedial teacher
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree
Social educator
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree
Social educator of children, young people and adults with special needs
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree
Social worker
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree
Sales, purchases and marketing
Account manager
Requirement: Documentation of at least three years' education at university level

Product specialist
Requirement: Industry relevant professional Bachelor's degree
Health, healthcare and personal care
Anaesthetic nurse
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation
Bioanalyst
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation
Chiropractor
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation
Head physiotherapist
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation
Head midwife
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation
Head nurse
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation
Head radiographer
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation
Head bioanalyst
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation
Health visitor, Visiting nurse
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation

Midwife
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation

Nurse
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation

Physiotherapist
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation

Operating theatre nurse
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation

Optician
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation


Radiographer
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation


Surgical appliance maker
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation

Education and tuition
Continuation school teacher
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation

Primary and lower secondary school teacher
Requirement: Professional Bachelor's degree + Danish authorisation
 



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