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Excerpted from the Denmark Career Guide


Denmark is a member of the Schengen Convention whose purpose is to eliminate controls at common borders and promote free movement of people within the Schengen area. The countries covered under the Schengen Agreement include Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The Schengen Convention facilitates the free movement of persons in the territory of the EU. Therefore, border checks, for example, have been abolished at internal borders of the EU area. All the old EU-member states, apart from Great Britain and Ireland, have access to the Schengen Convention. Norway, Iceland and Switzerland are not member states of the EU, but they have made an associate agreement, on the basis of which it is possible to travel to these countries under the same conditions as when traveling to other EU countries.

Short-Term/Schengen Visa

Schengen Visas can be issued when the purpose of the visit is leisure or business. Upon the issuance of the visa, the visa holder is allowed to enter all member countries and travel freely throughout the Schengen area. A Schengen Visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a six-month (180 days) period from the entry date into the Schengen area. The time limit relates to the combined residence in the entire Schengen area, not just in one state. Each Schengen state has decided which travel documents citizens of different third countries have to present upon entering the country.

Student Visas

In order to study in Denmark, a student must qualify for a residence permit and be enrolled or provisionally enrolled in a full-time program recognized by the Danish government. Foreign students must also be able to prove they will be able to support themselves during their stay in Denmark, and that they are able to understand the language of instruction and have a working knowledge of Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German.

Students entering Denmark are permitted to work part time during the course of their studies and full time during summer break periods. The Official Portal for Foreigners and Integration run by the Danish Immigration Service and the Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs provides detailed information about visas and permits.

Work Permits

Normally, professional or labor market considerations warrant a residence and work permit, for example, if there is a lack of people in Denmark who can carry out a specific type of work. A number of schemes have been designed in order to make it easier for highly-qualified professionals to get residence and work permits in Denmark.

  • The Positive List is a list of the professions and fields currently experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals. People who have been offered a job in one of these professions or fields have particularly easy access to the Danish labor market. Read more about the Positive List.
  • The Pay Limit scheme gives people who have been offered a job with an annual pay above a certain limit particularly easy access to the Danish labor market..

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Denmark Guide.

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