As a holder of a greencard, you need to apply for permission to start a business at the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment. A residence and work permit on the basis of the greencard scheme does not automatically give you the right to start a business. Learn more about your options if you are a greencard holder.
As the only country in the Nordic countries, Denmark offers a greencard for immigrants from countries outside the EU and the EEA. A residence and work permit on the basis of the greencard scheme does not automatically give you the right to start a business.
As a holder of a greencard, you need to apply for permission to start a business at the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment.
In order to get a greencard, you must obtain at least 100 points in a point system, where you are given points based on your educational level, language skills, your work experience, adaptability and age.
Furthermore, 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 also document that you are able to support yourself during your first year in Denmark, which means that you have an income equivalent to one year of Danish Start help benefits (Starthjælp).
A residence and work permit based on the greencard scheme is temporary – at the moment three years with a possibility of extension – there are high demands on applicants to be self-supporting. That means that you must have an income of a certain size which must ensure the support of you and your accompanying family during the time of your stay in Denmark. The requirements are particularly important if you want to extend your residence permit.
There is a special greencard scheme for students who finish their higher educational programme in Denmark.
Greencard for students
Foreign students who finish their higher educational programme in Denmark can get a residence permit for six months after graduation in order to seek employment. If you complete a higher educational programme in Denmark and you have not previously been granted the additional six months’ residence permit, you can have your residence permit extended by six months.
Specific rules for spouses of greencard holders
An accompanying spouse of greencard holder has a residence permit and does not need to meet the requirements for getting a work permit. It means that you, as an accompanying spouse of a greencard holder, are permitted to start a business in Denmark.
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