Denmark:Work permit to skilled workers: A complete guideline

Denmark has a very attractive labor market; featuring competitive salary levels compared other European countries. In fact, salaries in Denmark are most cases higher than those of the USA.

Here is the link to a reliable salary calculator. You can check your salary using the calculator.

But migrating to Denmark from outside EU is difficult. But if you have the right qualifications and you follow the right procedures, it is not that difficult. You have to know what kinds of qualifications are required and how to get a job.

Denmark is not a refugee-friendly country. But it welcomes skilled foreign workers. Denmark has a huge shortage of skilled workers. The association of Danish Industries forecasts that the Danish economy will suffer a major setback if foreign workers don’t fill the labor gap.

Danish companies are looking for qualified workers from abroad.

Denmark has taken huge skilled labor in recent years and it needs more.

Last year, 76.897 foreign workers have got a work permit in Denmark. The number is expected to increase in coming years.

The Positive List:

To get a job is not enough for a residence permit. Your job has to be included in the positive list

The Positive List is a list of professions experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals in Denmark. If you have been offered a job included in the Positive List, you can easily get a work permit under a positive list.

The positive list is long. Doctors, engineers, and finance controllers are among others in the list. But there are many professions like teachers, clerks, administrators, nurses, midwives are on the list.

Here is the complete list of the positive list for immigration

If you are for example an IT professional, then you belong to the positive list. That is not enough for immigration. You have to get a job as well.

You can get six months job seeker visa but you have to able to bear your expenditures while you are looking for a job in Denmark.

Pay Limit scheme: 

If yourprofession is not included in the positive list, you can still be qualified for residence permit. If you have been offered a job in Denmark with a salary over 417,000 Danish kroner (60,000 USD) you have possibility of getting residence and work permit via the Pay Limit Scheme.

You cannot earn this amount of doing as an unskilled worker. But if you are an  experienced Tradesmen, mechanics, electricians  etc. can get this kind of salary.

Research fellows:

Denmark encourages researchers who want to conduct research and work in Denmark. Qualified researchers don’t have difficulty to get work permit in Denmark.

If conduct Ph.D. or equivalent level of research, you can get residence permit. You are also allowed to get fellowship, scholarship etc.

Start-up Denmark: There is a possibility of residence of residence permit under Start up business program. Start-up Denmark is a scheme for foreign entrepreneurs giving you the opportunity to be granted a Danish residence permit in order to establish and run an innovative growth company.

Your business idea must be approved by the Danish Business Authority before you apply for a residence permit. If your business idea and planning is creative, innovative and realistic, you can get residence and work permit.

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