Located in north Eastern Europe, Denmark is one of the three nations that form Scandinavia. What makes it unique even among other Scandinavian nations is its temperate climate and spectacular beaches along its long coastline. These features attract a number of tourists and of late an ever-increasing number of immigrants from all over the world to visit and settle down in this beautiful country.
The Green Card Schemeis an integrated scheme applicable to those seeking to settle in Denmark with an aim to gain employment in the country. Those granted a Green Card are not required to apply separately for a work permit to work in any organisation with or without pay. An exception to this rule is self-employment, meaning that green card holders are not entitled to set up their own business without prior permission of the government.
The green card scheme has many benefits associated with it:
- Green card holders are eligible to sponsor their spouses for a residence permit. The holders of such a residence permit are also eligible to work in any field in Denmark so long as the permit remains valid.
- The grant of a Green Card to a parent implies that children below 18 years of age who reside with their parents are also entitled to a residence permit in Denmark.
- A job offer is not essential at the time of application for the VISA. The candidate may subsequently look for employment after he has migrated to Denmark.
Denmark follows a point-based system for the objective evaluation and comparison of application received. The areas taken into consideration for assessment are:
Education: The qualifications of an individual hold substantial weightage while making an application for a VISA as Denmark is highly focussed on academics and research. Points earned on possession of various degrees are as follows:
- Bachelors’ degrees – 30 points
- One year masters’ degree – 50 points
- Two year masters’ degree – 60 points,
- PhD – 80 points.
Recognition is provided for Academic excellence based on:
- Top 100 of the institution: 15 points
- Top 200 of the institution: 10 points
- Top 400 of the institution: 5 points
- Bonus 10 points earned for having a qualification in the “positive list”
Language Proficiency: Levels of proficiency in English/German and Scandinavian languages are awarded points as:
- Level 1: 5points
- Level 2: 10 points
- Level 3: 15 points
- Study test in Danish as a second language: 20 points.
Work Experience:Work experience in the research field is graded separately as:
- 3-5 years research experience: 15 points
- 1-2 years research experience: 10 points
- 3-5 years general work experience: 5 points
Adaptability: Points may be claimed on the basis of work experience or education experience (but not both) under the European Union/European Economic Area.
- 1 year higher education:5 points
- 1 year of work experience and residence: 5 points
- 3+ years higher education: 15 points
- 2+ years work experience and residence: 15 points
Age: Younger applicants are favoured under this program:
- Up to 34 years: 15 points
- 34-40 years: 10 points