Denmark is one of the European Union's most active members that recruit skilled workers from around the world. Denmark's immigration policy utilizes a point's based system called the Danish Green Card to attract skilled workers from outside the EU. In addition, Denmark has a work permit system called the Positive List scheme for people who have a valid job offer from a Danish employer.

The Danish Green Card

To score points for points, you must have the Danish equivalent of a bachelor's degree. The applicants are entitled for bonus points if they have earned their qualifications from an eligible university. Moreover, the entitlement to get extra points increases by having the presence of an occupation on the Positive List for Denmark. Scoring mandatory points allows an applicant to get a temporary residence permit (provided other pre-requisites are fulfilled too). Entry of spouse and dependent children is permitted in cases too.

If you can score enough points based upon criteria such as age, education, language skills, and work experience, you can obtain a three year residence permit under the Danish Green Card scheme which will allow you to live in Denmark and find work. A previous job offer is not required.


The level of qualification degree may differentiate from one country to another, even if the title is same. For instance, a Bachelor's or master's degree holder earned from India may NOT have the same equivalence to a Danish Bachelor's or master's degree. Overseas education qualifications not meeting the equivalency norms of Danish don't hold much importance from immigration perspective and may adversely affect the points granted for a residence permit under the scheme. You can claim up to 105 points under educational point factor for Denmark Green card.


An applicant can earn a maximum of 15 points on the basis of work experience, provided the occupation is present in the positive list and is in demand in Denmark. Points would be granted in accordance with the number of years worked in the industry, within the last five years. 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.


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.


You can also earn a maximum of 15 points for your age. Points are granted on the basis of the age at the time of submission of the application.