It has become somewhat of a game show – or maybe a tragic comedy – for foreigners to come to Denmark or marry a Dane. A new immigration law from November 2010 has tightened the already very strict rules. With the old law it was very difficult to get married to a foreign spouse if you were younger than 24 (a law enforced to stop forced marriages) but now it’s just difficult for everyone. Unless you are very well-educated, have good work experience and know multiple languages – then don’t even start dreaming about coming here.
The rules have become so strict that several European and international institutions have pointed out, that Denmark could be violating simple human rights. The rights violations discussed are for example: the right to non-discrimination based on ethnic origin and the right to a family life.
Many foreigners already living in Denmark are at risk of being thrown out of the country and many Danes hoping to marry their foreign loved ones and start their lives in Denmark will have to find alternative solutions.
So before you fall in love with a Dane – do yourself a favor and take the test underneath.
If you are below 24 you need at least 120 points in total – if you are above 24 you “only” need 60.
PhD or Masters degree from Denmark or a top 20 university – 120 points
PhD or Masters degree from another university abroad – 80 points
Bachelor degree from Denmark or a top 20 university – 70 points
Bachelor degree from another university abroad – 50 points
Business school or professional Bachelor degree in Denmark – 50 points
Business school or professional Bachelor degree from abroad – 40 points
2. Work experience
2 years of qualified work in Denmark – 80 points
2.5 years of qualified work in the last 3 years – 60 points
Other work experience for 2.5 of the last 3 years – 40 points
3. Language qualifications
Danish, Swedish and Norwegian level C1 (on a common European grading system, where C2 is the highest, followed by C1, B2, B1, A2 and A1) – 50 points
English, German, French or Spanish level C1 – 40 points
4. Other (Note: A maximum of 20 points in this category)
Danish at level B1 or B2 – 20 points
English, German, French or Spanish at level B1 or B2, or the equivalent – 20 points
Not living in a ghetto area – 20 points
Active participation in a global humanitarian organisation – 10 points
Self-supporting financially – 10 points
And this is just the beginning – among other things you also need:
- to post a bond of 11.600$ (Danish partner)
- to pass a Danish language and knowledge test (foreign partner)
- to demonstrate an attachment to Denmark stronger than to any other country (both partners)
So – how many points did you get? Are you “worthy” enough to come to Denmark?