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Under the Danish Green Card scheme, points are score under three areas: education, language skills, and adaptability. If you are unsure whether you can gain enough points for this visa please contact us for an assessment and individually tailored advice.

Education

To score points for Education, you must have the Danish equivalent of a bachelors degree. In some cases your academic credentials must be assessed by the Danish Agency for Higher Education.

Education levelPoints
Bachelors degree (3 years)30
Bachelors degree + 1 year Masters degree50
Masters degree (2 years)60
PhD/Doctorate80

 

In addition to points scored for your degree, bonus points can be awarded under Education for having a degree from a top school as ranked by the QS World University rankings:

University RankingPoints
Top 10020
Top 20015
Top 40010

    Additionally, you will gain 30 bonus points if your degree allows you to work in a shortage occupation on Denmark's Positive List.
     

    The maximum number of points that can be scored for Education is 130, including bonus points. It is possible for you to score enough points for a work and residence permit based solely upon points earned for Education.

    Special considerations

    Denmark has special requirements for degrees earned from universities in certain countries, including India and Pakistan. In many cases graduates from these countries will need an individual assessment by the Danish Agency for Higher Education.

    Please see the tables below for details on qualifications from India and Pakistan. For a full and up to date list of countries for which Denmark has special education requirements please see the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science's website.

    India

    Indian QualificationDanish equivalent
    Diploma (1 year)/Polytechnic and College of TechnologyIndividual assessment in comparison to (possibly part of) a Danish vocational qualification (EUD)
    Diploma (2 years)/Polytechnic and College of TechnologyIndividual assessment in comparison to (possibly part of) a Danish vocational qualification (EUD)
    Diploma (3-4 years)/Polytechnic and College of TechnologyIndividual assessment in comparison to a Danish vocational qualification (EUD)
    Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Engineering/PolytechnicIndividual assessment
    Bachelor of Arts/Science/Commerce (Pass), 3 years2 years of a Danish Bachelor's Degree
    Bachelor of Arts/Science/Commerce (Honours/Special Degree), 3 years2 years of a Danish Bachelor's Degree (in certain circumstances, a full Danish Bachelor's Degree)
    Bachelor of Engineering etc., 4 yearsDanish Bachelor's Degree (in certain circumstances, a professional Bachelor's Degree)
    Master's Degree/Master's of Arts/Science/Commerce,1 to 2 years4 years of a Danish master degree (if a thesis is included, the degree may be comparable to a full Danish Master's Degree)
    Master's of Engineering etc, 2 yearsDanish Master's Degree
    Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), 1-2 yearsIndividual assessment.
    Master of Philosophy, 1-2 yearsIndividual assessment.
    PhD (3 years)Danish Ph.D. degree

     

    Pakistan

    Pakistani QualificationDanish equivalent
    2 year Bachelor's DegreeDanish upper-secondary education or 1 year of Danish university studies at bachelor level (individual assessment)
    3 year Bachelor's Degree1 or 2 years of a Danish Bachelor's Degree (individual assessment)
    4 year Bachelor's Degree (16 years of education altogether)2 years of Danish university studies, possibly a Danish Bachelor's Degree or professional Bachelor's Degree (based on individual assessment)
    1 or 2 year Master's Degree on the basis of 2 to 3 year Bachelor's Degree, altogether 4 years of higher education2 years of Danish university studies, possibly a Danish Bachelor's Degree or professional Bachelor's Degree (based on individual assessment)
    1-2 year Master's Degree on the basis of 4 years of university education4 years of Danish university education, possibly a Danish master degree if 6 years of studies and thesis
    Master of Philosophy, 1-2 yearsIndividual assessment
    Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)(vocationally oriented higher specialisation/further education), 1-2 yearsIndividual assessment
    PhD, 3-4 yearsIndividual assessment

     

    Language Skills

    You can earn a maximum of 40 points for language skills which include knowledge of Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German. Points can be earned for both one Scandinavian language (Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian) and either English or German, but not for both English and German or two or more Scandinavian languages. For example, an applicant with a level 2 score in Danish and a level 3 score in German would earn a combined total of 30 points. But would not earn any extra points for additional scores in English or Norwegian.

    However, regardless of how many language test results provided, you can still only earn a maximum of 40 points.

    In all cases applicants must show that they have passed an approved language test less than 2 years prior to their application. This means that even if you are a native language speaker, or have completed a course of study taught in a language, you will still need to provide language test results.

    Results must be from an official Danish language test (either Prøve i Dansk or Studieprøven) or a test approved by the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE). For full details of ALTE approved tests please see this list.

    Points for Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian language

    Language Proficiency LevelPoints
    Level 1 (Prøve i Dansk or equivalent test)5
    Level 2 (Prøve i Dansk or equivalent test)10
    Level 3 (Prøve i Dansk or equivalent test)20
    Study Test in Danish as a Second Language (Studieprøven or equivalent test)40

     

    Points for English or German language

    Language Proficiency LevelPoints
    Level 3 in English or German20
    English or German as a second language40

     

    Adaptability

    If you have studied or worked in the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), you can claim a maximum of 15 points for adaptability. You can only claim points for either education experience or work experience -- not both.

    EU/EEA Education ExperiencePoints
    Completion of at least one year of study in higher education in the EU/EEA or Switzerland5
    Completion of at least three years of study in higher education in the EU/EEA or Switzerland10
    EU/EEA Work ExperiencePoints
    At least one year of work and residence in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland5
    At least two years of work and residence in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland10

     

    You can also gain 5 bonus points for Danish language skills, these points are in addition to any other points gained for language skills.

    Danish Language SkillsPoints
    Level 2 (Prøve i Dansk or equivalent test)5

     

    Further information, help, and advice

    Workpermit.com's team of specialists has over 25 years of experience in immigration services, and have helped thousands of people to study and work in countries all over the world.

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