The Denmark Greencard is a boon for those who want to stay and earn a living in Denmark. A Greencard is a kind of work permit allowing one to work in Denmark for a period of three years. The Greencard Scheme is based on the fact that the Danish Government supports educated and skilled immigrants from other parts of the world. In other words, you will be evaluated first and if there is a good likelihood of your finding work in Denmark, you would be granted the Greencard.
Moreover, the Green card becomes a necessity because a foreigner can work in Denmark only if one has a work permit. Otherwise, it would be considered illegal and the person along with the employer could be penalized for working illegally in Denmark. However there are a few exceptions. For example, Nordic citizens do not require work permit. EU/EEA citizens or Swiss citizens can stay in Denmark on the basis of EU rules of Free Movement though they may have to follow some rules. Sometimes a person may already have a residence permit based on humanitarian grounds or family reunification or asylum. In that case you do not need a work permit to work in Denmark.
CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH YOU CAN GET A GREENCARD FOR DENMARK :
- You will be evaluated and given points on the basis of your education, language skills, work experience, adaptability and age. All the points you get for each of the above skills should sum up to 100 or above in order to get you a Greencard.
- You should have adequate fund to financially support yourself during your first year in Denmark. You need to show your bank account or similar documents which shows your financial resources.
- You must have full health insurance covering you and any accompanying family members until you are covered by the Danish national health insurance.
DURATION OF STAY FOR GREENCARD HOLDERS :
Your duration of stay under the Greencard Scheme is ideally three years though there is a possibility of having it extended upto four years. Your residence permit can only be granted or extended upto three months before your passport expires.
UNDER THE GREENCARD SCHEME YOUR SPOUSE AND CHILDREN CAN ACCOMPANY YOU :
If you are a Greencard holder, your spouse or cohabiting partner and children are also eligible for residence permits. You must live together at the same place and there should be adequate funds for each of you. Your partner can work in Denmark as long as his/her permit is valid.
DENMARK GREEN CARD IS A POINT BASED EVALUATION SYSTEM :
The point based evaluation system considers not only the qualification of the applicant but other factors also. Since it is based on multiple factors, it is always a good method to attract the qualified pool. Australia, following this method, has been quite successful. The United Kingdom also has her own Point based immigration system. Similarly Denmark also has her own point based system called the Denmark Greencard.
The Positive List – Indian Nationals can find work in those areas where Denmark has a shortage of qualified and/or skilled people. If your field of study relates to one in which Denmark is currently suffering a shortage of qualified professionals, you earn points. Currently these fields are as follows :
- Academic work
- IT and telecommunication
- Educational, social and religious work
- Health, healthcare and personal care
- Education and tution
- Sales, purchases and marketing
- Freight forwarding, postal services, storage and engine operation
An applicant receives a Greencard to Denmark only after an evaluation process which is a point-based system. One needs a minimum of 100 points to acquire a Greencard to Denmark. An applicant receives points for his/her level of education, work experience, language skills, age and adaptability.
- Educational Level : If you hold a degree equivalent to the Danish Bachelor, you are eligible to receive points based upon your education. The number of points you receive are 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
Your educational level will be assessed by CIRIUS, an organization under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Two more dimensions can add up to your total number of educational points.These are :
- If your University belongs to the list of the top 400 Universities of the world, you get points as follows :
- Top 400 Universities: 5 points.
- Top 200 Universities: 10 points.
- Top 100 Universities: 15 points.
- If your field of study is in the positive list, that is, if it relates to one in which Denmark is currently suffering a shortage of qualified professionals, you get bonus points. The presence of your field/course of study in the Positive List can earn you points.
- Work Experience :
An applicant gets points depending upon the number of years worked and the relevancy of work. Points are given as follows :
- 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.
An applicant can be given a maximum of 15 points for work experience.
- Language Skills :
Four levels of the Danish Proficiency Test are prepared so that people can try starting with Level 1. In order to start, 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.
An applicant can be given a maximum of 30 points for language skills.
- Age : If you are under 40 years, you can get points on the basis of your age. Points are given in the following way :
- 35-40 years: 10 points.
- Younger than 35 years: 15 points.
An applicant can be given a maximum of 15 points for age.
- Adaptability :
The points of adaptability are given based on how well you can adapt yourself to the Danish environment. You can earn points if you have an educational or work related attachment to the EU/EEA (including Denmark) or Switzerland, as this is seen to increase your ability to quickly adapt to the Danish labour market. Points are given for either education or work. You can earn a maximum of 15 points for adaptability.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED :
You need to submit certain documents while applying for the Greencard residence permit. In India, applicants can submit photocopies provided the authorities have seen the original documents.
- Denmark Economy :
Denmark has a free capitalist economy. It is one of the countries having high income equality. Denmark has a GDP per capita higher than that of most European countries, and 15-20% higher than that of the United States. The rise in economy has created a number of job opportunities in the country.
- Denmark Social Life :
Denmark has a large welfare society. Denmark has been the happiest country in the world from 2006-2008 according to a survey. Danes are humble, well-mannered, have good etiquettes and live a simple life. They love to dine and wine. Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital has been ranked as the most livable city in the world by Monocle Magazine.
- Denmark is a safe country :
Denmark has a very low crime rate. Children may walk upto school alone. Politicians, actors and other famous people can move within the country without security guards. Denmark has been the second most peaceful nation after Iceland according to the 2008 Global Peace Index survey. Denmark has been ranked as having the least corruption (along with Sweden and New Zealand ) in the 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index.
- Denmark Corporate Life :
Danish employers respect the personal lives of employees. So there is a balance between family life and work.