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Denmark is the third happiest country in the world according to a survey by Gallup.

Foreign nationals can be granted a residence permit for the purpose of seeking work in Denmark. A residence and work permit under the Greencard scheme is issued on the basis of an individual evaluation based on a point-based system.


If a foreign national is granted a residence permit under the Greencard scheme, they do not need to obtain a separate work permit. A residence permit under the Greencard scheme gives a foreign national the right to carry out paid or unpaid work. However, a residence permit under the Greencard scheme does not give them the right to work as a self-employed person (run their own business).


If an applicant is granted a residence permit under the Greencard scheme, they must move to Denmark and have an official address in Denmark within 6 months of obtaining the permit. It is the applicant’s responsibility to find a place to live. Furthermore, within the first year of being granted a residence permit, they must have earned a minimum of DKK 50,000 (approx. US$8,000) in Denmark.


The applicant also cannot bring any accompanying family members to Denmark before they are settled at an official address in Denmark, have found a job, and have received a salary.


In order to be granted a residence permit under the Greencard scheme, the applicant must obtain a minimum of 100 points. Points are given for: educational level, language skills and adaptability.


Points for educational level:

  • Bachelor's degree: 30 points

  • Bachelor's degree followed by one-year Master's degree: 50 points

  • Master's degree: 60 points

  • PhD: 80 points


The applicants will be given 30 bonus points if their education qualifies them to work in a field where Denmark is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals (known as the Positive List). To find out more about the Positive List please contact us.


The applicants will be given bonus points if they have graduated from a university that is internationally recognised for its high academic level according to the latest THES-QS World Ranking. Points are given as follows:

  • Top 400: 10 points

  • Top 200: 15 points

  • Top 100: 20 points


The applicants can be given a maximum of 130 points for their educational level.


Language skills:


In order to be given points for language skills, the applicants must document that they have passed a recognised language test in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German.


Applicants can be granted a first-time residence permit under the Greencard scheme for up to two years. Before the end of this period, they can apply for an extension of up to three years. The residence permit can be extended if the applicant meets the minimum income requirement. After five years of residency under the Greencard scheme the applicants can apply for permanent residence visa in Denmark, if they meet all the requirements.


If you wish to know more about this scheme and assess your eligibility, please contact us now.



Denmark is widely regarded as one of the most attractive nations for citizens and tourists alike.

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