If you are a chemical engineer and want to move and live in Denmark, this is your ultimate guide on how you can do it and what the requirements are. This article brings you the requirements to immigrate to Denmark as a chemical engineer, the application process, each stage you have to follow, and answers to some of your common questions.
What are the requirements to become a chemical engineer in Denmark?
You have to fulfill a few requirements to become qualified and work in Denmark as a chemical engineer. Not every person can move to Denmark.
In this section, you will get familiar with these requirements and know how to fulfill them. But there is one point you need to know.
This list of required items might change your conditions. You might have to have further items to become qualified. But the items mentioned here are a general list of required items.
Bear in mind the procedure introduced in this article is a general one.
Educational degree as a chemical engineer or a related subject.
The first item you need is an educational degree or certificate in a chemical engineering field or subject. You can also study a related subject, but it must be relevant to the field.
You can get your degree in your:
- Home country,
- Or a foreign country.
Wherever you get your degree, the center must be valid and provide a certified educational document. You would better work hard and get a high GPA. The harder you work during your studies, the better.
If you want to get your degree from Denmark, you might need a student visa. You are likely to need a student visa if you are not from the EU. You can find more information about it in the below section.
If you get your degree from your home country or a foreign one, determine whether your degree is accepted by the Danish authorities or employers or not. Act wise and try to save time and effort.
If you do not get your degree from Denmark and want to move to the country through a job offer, you need work experience. It’s one of the essential requirements, and it must be well enough to prove you can work in the chemical engineering field.
The one tip I can give you here is that you can look through the job positions and see what the employers are looking for. You can easily find out what is important to them and what they need.
Also, you can learn about the future of your career by reading articles and the required skills in the near future. The more prepared you are, the better.
Your CV or resume must show that you can handle the job and complete the tasks. The more diverse and versatile your resume, the better. If there is a skill, software, or equipment you must learn, it will help you a lot.
Also, passing online courses might help you.
The other thing you can do is look at famous companies in your field in Denmark. Visit its staff’s LinkedIn and see what skills and abilities they have. Try to reach them and get advice.
This item is with the Danish company you want to work with. They might ask for English or Danish language proficiency requirements. The decision is with them and their needs.
When you look at job positions, determine if they need English or danish. If you are preparing yourself for a future career in Denmark as a chemical engineer, this is the item you need to work for a bit long time. Mastering a language is not easy and takes time, and you should know the expert words and phrases used in your field; chemistry.
In case you want to study in one of the Danish universities, you have to figure out the language proficiency with this center.
Clean record certificate.
Whether you want to study a chemical course in Denmark or apply for a job offer, one of the essential documents is a clean record certificate.
It’s a document from the police or judiciary officials and shows that you have obeyed the national law and committed no criminal activity.
If you can not submit a clean record certificate, your application might get a bit complicated. Your visa application is likely to get rejected, whether it’s a work visa or a student visa.
If you have a criminal history and it’s not serious, determine if you can waive it or not. If not, how can you explain the crime is not serious.
Have a valid passport and be able to leave your home country.
It’s obvious that you must be able to leave your home country legally. To do so, you must have a valid passport at the time of application.
Also, your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. If you are applying for a work visa, it must be valid for at least 3-6 months over your employment contract. If you apply for a student visa, it must be valid for at least 3-6 months to a year over the date your course ends in Denmark.
The officials might accept a passport with less validity, but it’s up to their decision and ask them in advance.
Job offer from an employer in Denmark.
One of the essential steps you must pass to immigrate to Denmark as a chemical engineer is to get a job offer. This is the way if you have not studied in Denmark.
Getting a job offer is a must, and there is no other way to skip this step. If you are asking how you can find a job offer in Denmark as a chemical engineer, there are various ways to do it. You will find different ways to find a job as a chemical engineer in Denmark in the below section.
You can use one, two, or a mixture of the ways to find a job. Determine the appropriate way or ways by your conditions.
Whatever option you pick, you have to find a job offer. It’s a must to persuade an employer to hire you. But, you must be able to recognize scams from a reliable job offer. This is your responsibility, and there are various ways to recognize it. For instance, see if they ask for money or if the offer is on the company’s letterhead. Determine if the emails are sent from the company’s official email and if the brand or logo is included in the emails or not.
After you find a job offer, the employer must sign an employment or work contract with you. It’s part of the supporting documents to apply for a work permit and work visa.
The contract must explain every aspect and detail about your employment. Also, it must be in the company’s letterhead, and both sides sign it.
You can find various contract samples on the internet or get help from a lawyer to understand the terms and obligations.
If you think one or two terms are needed to be included in the letter, you would better negotiate and insert the items.
You will find more information about the contract in the below section.
Being able to gather the visa supporting documents.
There is a list of supporting documents you have to gather for the work permit and work visa. You have to gather every part and submit them to the Danish officials.
You must be able to collect every required piece of document, and there is no exception. As explained in the previous section, you need a clean record certificate. It’s one of the essential items, and you have to submit it.
You will get familiar with the list of required documents in the below section. Read all of them and determine if you can provide the documents or not.
Denmark Work permit.
When a non-EU national want to work in one of the EU countries, he/she needs a work permit; it’s the authorization to work in the country. It’s the employer, most of the time, that is responsible for applying for a work permit.
The work permit must be issued before you land in Denmark. After the issuance, a big part of the process is done as you have the Danish government permits you to work in Denmark.
Denmark Work visa.
After your work permit is issued, you have to apply for a work visa or receive your work visa from the Danish embassy or consulate.
The visa is permission to enter Denmark. You will find out more about the work visa and the steps you have to follow to become a chemical engineer in Denmark. You don’t have to rush and google everything. This page is a comprehensive guideline.
What visa type do I need to work as a chemical engineer in Denmark?
The answer is that you need a work visa and work permit to work in Denmark. You have to apply for a work permit, and after it’s issued, you will receive your work visa.
The work permit is permission to work in Denmark, but the work visa is permission to enter Denmark.
To apply for a work permit, you need a job offer from a Daish company or employer. Then you two have to sign an employment contract. It’s part of the supporting documents, and the two sides have to sign it.
There are other documents that you have to submit for the work permit and work visa. You will find a list of them in the below section. You would better determine f you can apply for and receive the work permit and work visa or not.
Who needs a work permit and work visa to work in Denmark?
If you are not an EU national, you need a work permit and work visa to work in Denmark. The EU nationals are exempt from a work permit and work visa. They just need to inform the officials of their stay.
But, non-EU nationals have to apply for a job offer and receive a work permit before they land in Denmark.
What are the steps you have to follow?
These are the steps you have to follow to immigrate to Denmark as a chemical engineer. You might have to go through one or two more stages and it depending on your nationality and case. But this is a general route.
Find out if you are qualified or not.
We brought you some of the requirements to work as a chemical engineer at the beginning of this article. Read them and determine if you are eligible to immigrate to Denmark as a chemical engineer.
You have to fulfill the requirements and get all of them. It’s a must to get a job offer, employment contract, and work permit. You might have to work for some time to fulfill one or two of the requirements.
For instance, if you have found a job offer that needs Danish language proficiency or a particular skill, you have to fulfill it.
Look for a job offer in Denmark as a chemical engineer.
After you find out, you can fulfill the requirements; you have to begin looking for a job offer in Denmark as a chemical engineer.
This stage is a must, and there is no way to skip it. As explained in the previous section, there are different ways to find a job in Denmark. The decision is with you and your conditions to choose one or all of them and find the job.
Here are the ways you can use to find a job in Denmark;
Websites that offer job positions in Denmark.
Like in your country and every part of the world (except North Korea), some websites advertise job positions in Denmark. You can look for a position through one of them.
This is a list of the websites you can find a job in Denmark;
- Jobnet. dk
- IT-Jobbank. Dk
- Jobindex. dk
- Stepstone. dk
Prepare a resume and apply for the positions as a chemical engineer. Your resume must be outstanding and eye-catching so the employer can reach you. The better your work experience, the better your chance of getting the job offer.
You should also do research about writing a resume and its structures. Try to pick one that is appropriate for your skills and abilities.
The job market is tough in Denmark, and the best are competing to seize the opportunities. So you have to work hard to get the job offer. There are interviews with the HR and technical teams that you have to pass.
You can get familiar with the HR interview sample questions with one google search. The technical questions are based on your field, and you have to answer them with your knowledge, expertise, and findings.
The second way to find a job in Denmark as a chemical engineer is to gel help from employment agencies. They are the recruitment centers that find you a job or offer you a position.
If your resume is excellent, they reach you and offer positions in various countries. But, you can contact the mand and ask for an offer.
This is a list of recruiters you can reach;
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||Artemis Solutions – Talent Search
|Approach People Recruitment
||Hoffman and Associates
||Alderwick Consulting Limited
||Euro London Appointments
You have to visit their website and find out about the position. It’s you who should determine whether they can help in your field or not. You might find a center that is not on the above list but still is a good agency and can help you to find a job.
Also, determine what the policy is and how much they cost you to find a job. You should be able to pay the mad afford the cost.
Visiting Denmark to find a job.
The third way to find a job in Denmark is to visit the country. You can enter Denmark and visit employers in person to have a face-to-face interview.
It requires sending resumes or visiting famous companies. So you might have to sue the first way as well.
There might be a better chance of acceptance with the face-to-face interview.
But before you decide to visit Denmark, you should know that you might need a visa.
First, you must know that there is no Denmark job seeker visa. You have to use a tourist visa to find a job.
A few countries are exempt from a Denmark short-stay visa. It means they do not need a visa to visit Denmark and other EU countries for the short term. If you are a national of these countries and have a valid passport from one of them, you can visit Denmark without getting a visa. The visa waiver program lets you stay in Denmark for 90 days. So it should be enough to have an interview and find a job.
But if you are not among the visa-exempt countries, you have to apply for a tourist visa. It doesn’t let you work in Denmark, but you look for a job and sign an employment contract. After you get the offer, you have to leave Denmark and apply for a work permit from your home country. You can read about the Denmark tourist visa on the menu of the Visa Libray or watch the related video on our YouTube channel.
I need to emphasize that the tourist visa doesn’t let you work in Denmark. Also, you would better not mention in your application that you intend to find a job. Just mention visiting tourist attractions or visiting a friend or family member.
Denmark internship visa.
Denmark also provides an internship visa. It lets you take an internship course in the country with a company. It’s one of the ways to find a job in Denmark.
If you work well during your internship, the company might hire you. And if not, the work experience in Denmark is valuable. Employers become interested in you, and you will stand out.
You might be able to find connections, and one of them leads to a job offer.
The below section explains more about Denmakr’s internship visa.
Do you have friends or colleagues in Denmark?
If you have friends or former colleagues in Denmark, ask them to introduce you to employers. If there is a vacancy, people can put a good word and introduce you. But you must be qualified and have the skills and requirements.
It’s quite common that you introduce a well-skilled person to your employer. But the person would better be qualified. You are spending your credit and reputation with employers, so you would better not risk an unskilled person.
Sign the employment contract with the Danish employer.
Whatever way you choose, you have to get a job offer. After you find the offer and the employer is willing to hire you, you have to sign an employment contract with the Danish employer.
The contract is an essential part of your document, and it must be complete and according to the standards. It must cover every aspect of the terms of your employment.
You will better spend some time researching the employment contract if you do not have any information at all. It creates obligations and responsibilities so you would better know them very well. It’s nothing scary, and I don’t want to frighten you. But the more information you have, the better.
This list is some of the sample items that must be included in your contract;
- Job title
- Salary or hourly rate
- Raises, bonuses, incentive opportunities
- Company stock options
- Role requirements
- Job description
- Team & department assignment
- Skill requirements
- Health benefits
- investment/retirement plans
- Location of the job.
- The date it will begin and end.
Both sides, the employer and the chemical engineer, have to sign the contract. You have to submit the contract to the officials to apply for a work permit.
These tips help you to sign a better contract and avoid any potential trouble;
- Read the whole part of the contract carefully.
- Read more than one time
- Ask questions about terms from the employer.
- Determine what is missing.
- Figure out what must be included.
- You can negotiate terms with your employer.
- Be reasonable; you need the job & employer can find sb else.
- Forget verbal promises.
- Everything must be in writing.
- Ensure it’s the contract version you agreed on before signing it.
- Review it with a lawyer.
Determine the type of work permit you need.
You have to apply to the Danish Immigration Service and the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration’s (SIRI) website. When you enter the work permit sections, there are various options;
- Fast track scheme, a job offer by a Danish company approved by SIRI. You will start quickly and want a flexible work permit.
- Pay limit scheme. A job offer with a DKK 465.000 salary per year.
- Positive list. A job offer that the occupation is on the list of shortage and in-demand ones.
- Special individual qualification. A job offer as a person that you have the specialty to do it.
Determining which one is appropriate and which one you fall into which one. The SIRI website provides more information, and it holds the necessary information. But you can pick the right option by reading the above explanation.
Applying for a work visa to the SIRI website.
The employee or employer has to apply for a work visa and complete the application process on the SIRI website. Before you begin the process, determine the right type of work permit on the SIRI website.
Gather the supporting documents.
You have to gather a list of supporting documents for each work permit type. It’s a must to gather everything and submit them to the Danish authorities.
This is a sample list of supporting documents you have to gather:
- Clean record certificate
- Receipt of paid application fee.
- A copy of all of your passport pages.
- Educational document.
- Proof of having enough money to pay for the basic costs in Denmark.
- Previous passports if you have had one.
- Work experience proof.
- Insurance. It must be worth 30.000 EUR and valid in the EU and Schengen Area.
- Two photos according to the EU rules. They must be passport-sized with a white background.
- Power of attorney. You need this if your employer is gonna complete the application process on your behalf. This form must be completed and signed.
- A Copy of the work contract. It must clarify everything, including your income.
- Covid-19 vaccination certificate
- Your Educational certificates.
You will find out a list of supporting documents on the SIRI website while completing the application form. It provides a checklist of documents that you have to collect.
Then you must complete the online application form.
Attention: If your original documents are not in English or Danish, you have to have them translated into one of these languages. The choice is with you.
The translation must be conducted by a verified translation office with the following;
- Telephone number
Be careful that the translation office must be verified by the related authorities in your home country. The freelance translator on social media is not qualified to do the translations.
Also, you might have to get the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or other authorities in your home country. The translation office often does this. Ask the Danish embassy or consulate in your home country.
Create case order ID.
You must create a Case Order ID on the SIRI website at this stage
. After you enter the website, you will see a series of options. These are the work visa options that you must choose of them.
As an IT professional, you have to pick the one that suits your conditions.
Then you have to create a case order ID. It’s like creating an account on the SIRI website.
. You have to insert the below information to create it:
- Personal names.
- Passport number.
- Email address.
You have to include the right information. They must be according to your documents. The names must be written like your documents and passport. Pay attention to including the numbers right and according to the order.
You also have to pay a fee of DKK 1,890. It might change in the future, and you might have to pay a higher fee. After you receive the case order ID, you have to pay the fee for processing. Prepare your credit or debit card to pay it after completing the empty sections. After you pay the fees, you have to keep the receipt or a screenshot of the payment as you have to submit it along with the rest of the supporting documents.
Complete the application form.
At this stage, you have to complete the application form. You have two options;
- Paper application form
- Online application form.
If you complete the online application form, the process will speed up, and you will get the results faster. The application form is provided in the SIRI link a few lines back.
You can also complete the paper application form. The PDF and Word formats are available on the SIRI website.
You will get instructions on how to complete the application forms on the SIRI website and the forms. Just complete the related sections and include the relevant information.
Now you have to complete the application form. There are two options; online and paper application forms.
The online application form is faster and will be processed quickly. It outweighs the paper application form. The SIRI link in the above section provides you with the link to the online and paper application form. You just have to go through the section that suits you, and it will lead to the online application form.
There are detailed instructions on how to complete the application forms. You need the Case order Id number and the receipt of paid application to complete the application form.
Submit the application form.
You have to submit the application form after completing it. In case you complete the online application form, it will be submitted automatically.
But if you pick the paper application form, you have to complete and submit it to the Danish embassy, consulate, or visa center in your home country, plus the rest of the documents.
You can find where to submit the documents from this link
Submit your biometrics to the Danish officials.
After you complete the previous procedures, you have to submit your biometrics to the Danish officials, your fingerprints, and your photo.
Remember that you only have 14 days to submit them after you complete the application form and get your Case Order ID. If you can not submit your biometrics or an issue occurs for you, you have to inform the SIRI officials and submit the biometrics as soon as possible.
You have to submit the biometrics to the Danish embassy, consulate, or a visa center responsible for diplomatic matters in your home country.
You can also apply for a work permit from inside Denmark. If it’s so, you can submit your biometrics to one of the SIRI offices in the city you are living.
Processing and receiving the results.
After you submit your biometrics, you have to wait to receive a response from the SIRI officials. The processing time can take from one week to three months, and it’s not determined how long it will take.
If the result is positive and they have approved your application, the SIRI officials will inform you to get your permit and visa. Now you can move to Denmark. Your work permit is valid for the duration of your employment contract. But if it’s not that valid, you can extend it as long as you have an employment contract.
In case the SIRI decision is negative, they reject your application. They will inform you of the negative results and explain why. You can work on the application, remove the obstacles and apply again.
This is why you have to work on your application and gather a full and complete list of documents. Also, your background and the purpose of your visit must be clear.
Is there another way to become a chemical engineer in Denmark?
The above sections introduced how to immigrate to Denmark as a chemical engineer through a job offer. But there is another way, and it’s to study a related course in Denmark.
This way has its pros and cons, and you have to compare it with the previous method to determine which one is found for you.
The first step is to find a Danish university or education center that offers a course in chemical engineering or a related field.
These are some of the universities that offer the course;
- Technical University of Denmark.
- University of Copenhagen.
- Aarhus University.
- Aalborg University.
- University of Southern Denmark.
There are some other universities, and the above list is just a sample. You can find more universities by one research.
Visit their official website and determine the course’s requirements;
- Danish or English language proficiency certificate.
- Latest educational certificate
- Admission fee.
- A proposal
- Sample of writing.
- SOP (Statement of Purpose).
Then you should apply for the program and receive the letter of admission. At this stage, you can apply for a Denmark student visa.
You can read the student visa article the Visa Library team has prepared or watch the related video on our YouTube channel to learn how to apply for a student visa.
You have to gather the supporting documents besides the admission letter and submit them to the Danish embassy/consulate to receive a student visa. The entire process is explained in the article or YouTube video.
After you finish your studies in Denmark, you can look for a job and stay in the country after graduation. At this stage, it’s more likely to find a job as you have a degree from Denmark, and employers are more willing to hire you.
After you find a job in Denmark, you can apply for a work permit and stay in the country. There is no need to leave Denmark and receive a visa. You just change your residence permit from a study permit to a work permit.
This way is an option, and it’s up to your condition to decide which one to pick; a job offer and work permit, and a student visa. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and it’s up to you to pick the one that is appropriate for you.
Do I need language proficiency to immigrate to Denmark as a chemical engineer?
The answer is up to the way you pick to become a chemical engineer in Denmark.
First, if you want to study in one of the Danish universities or education centers, you have to fulfill the school’s language requirement. You have to figure out whether it’s Danish or English and fulfill it.
If you are not fluent in Danish and have an English fluency certificate, and want to study a chemical engineering course in Denmark, you have to find a course in English.
Second, if you want to move to Denmark as a chemical engineer through a job offer, the language requirement is with the employer. You have to figure it out with the position.
The Danish employer might want you to speak Danish, or English could suffice. Look at the websites that offer job positions in Denmark and search for your position. Determine if they want you to have Danish fluency or not.
Work positions for chemical engineers in Denmark.
There are various job positions that chemical engineers can work in them. The position or type of job you will have is up to various factors;
These are some of the areas in which you can hope to find a job as a chemical engineer;
- Work experience
- The position you find
- The demand.
- Educational background
- Research and your knowledge.
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Chemical engineers salaries in Denmark.
Your salary as a chemical engineer in Denmark is up to various factors. The job you find and the area you work with are among the determining factors.
There are many more factors; some are with you, and some are out of your control and are up to the situation.
According to Salary Explorer, the average salary of a chemical engineer in Denmark is about DKK 40,800 ($19864) per month. The salary range begins from DKK 18,800 ($2667) to DKK 64,800 ($9194).
According to Salary Expert, the average salary of a chemical engineer in Denmark is about DKK 672.000 ($95351). A beginner in the field can expect to earn about DKK 470.000 ($66.689), but an engineer with +8 years of work experience can get about DKK 834.000 ($118.337).
The type of job you have is also a determining factor. Looking at this table helps you to get familiar with the average salary of different positions.
||DKK 28,102 – 61,231
|Chemical Lab Technician
||DKK 23,023 – 41,951
||DKK 30,453 – 51,034
||DKK 22,982 – 40,264
||DKK 29,477 – 57,839
Is it good to live in Denmark or are there benefits with my immigration?
When it comes to moving to Europe, Denmark is one of the good options that immigrants think about seriously. If you have read this part of the article, you already know that Denmark is an amazing destination. This section brings you some of the good aspects of living in Denmark.
High taxes but free education and healthcare service.
You might pay a bit high rate of tax in Denmark, but it will be well compensated with free education and healthcare. These services are among the best in the world, and people and immigrants pay willingly for them.
You will have no worries over education and healthcare, and it’s just peace of mind.
Everyone has access to healthcare and no matter their status. The good point is that you do not have to fill out any form or go through red tape. Just received a yellow card upon arriving, and everything is handled by it.
Efficient public transport.
The efficient public transport connects every palace in Danish people can travel to any location they want easily.
Buses, trains, and ferries are everywhere and you will have no worries about getting around. Large cities often have a subway system, and you can use them easily. You won’t have to get a car and public transport allows you to visit every corner of the country.
The system is well-preserved, efficient, and easy to use. The Danish use it eagerly, and you will enjoy a nap and getting up in a new city as well.
A safe place to live.
The safety rate is incredibly high, and the crime rate is low. Serious crimes are rare, and it’s just small offenses, but they are rare as well. You will have no worries over gender-biased behaviors and people are friendly to you as well.
You can send your children alone to school and have no concerns over their safety.
So many attractions to enjoy.
It doesn’t matter where you live in Denmark. Take a taxi or subway and 30 minutes later, you will arrive at the beach. There are endless opportunities to enjoy and visit beaches.
More than 100 islands and archipelagos await you to explore and enjoy their amazing view.
If you are into buildings and sightseeing, there are many places to enjoy as well. You will never get bored in Denmark.
One of the most famous organizational psychologists is Adam Grant, who works at Wharton business school. He works to create a work-life balance and help people find meaning in work. His paradise could be Denmark.
You will find most offices close by 5 pm. There is no rushing to work, and few to none are in a hurry. But people are on time, and they are hardly ever late for work.
Danish separate professional work from life, and they have created a good balance between the two. This is why Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world.
Denmark Internship program.
Danish officials have also provided an internship program for people who want to get work experience in the country.
There are serious eligibility principles with this program. The first one is that you must be at least 18 years old, and the utmost age limit is 30 at the time of application.
The second requirement is that you must meet language proficiency. You must be fluent in one of these languages;
- or German.
The required level is A2.
The internship must complete or be a supplement to your previous studies, whether in your home country or a foreign one. It’s a must to submit documents of the relevant course you have passed with the subjects ve studied. Remember that you have to submit a translation of all of your educational documents.
You have to arrange an internship with a company in Denmark. The center must meet the eligibility principles as well.
There are other conditions and requirements for the internship program as well. The SIRI website has more information. You have to apply through the SIRI website
Let’s sum up…
You found out how to immigrate and work in Denmark as a chemical engineer. You got familiar with the requirements and eligibility principles. Also, the article brought you the steps you have to follow to land in Denmark as a chemical engineer.
If you have questions, write them down in the comment section.
The Visa Library team will answer them. You can also watch the videos we have prepared about Denmark and other countries on our YouTube channel.
Frequently asked questions about moving to Denmark as a chemical engineer.
How can I move to Denmark as a chemical engineer?
You can find a job offer and apply for a work visa.
Is it easy to move to Denmark?
If you manage to find a job offer or get admission to a Danish university, yes.
Are chemical engineers in demand in Denmark?
You have to look for a job offer and try your chance but the general answer could be a yes.