Do you want to immigrate and work in Denmark as an architect? It’s possible; you just need to know how to do it and what the requirements are. You will find out all about the process and stages you have to follow in this article by the Visa Library.
What are the requirements to immigrate and work in Denmark as an architect?The requirements to work as an architect in Denmark might change by your nationality and the country in which you received your degree. Denmark planning and building regulation laws might be different from your home country. So the requirements you need to fulfill could change too. But this is a general list of items you need to fulfill.
Danish language proficiency.When you move to Denmark as an architect, you will have to work with Danish architects. You will need language proficiency to understand them. Also, you need language proficiency to find a job in Denmark. As you will see in the below section, one of the requirements you must fulfill is to find a job offer. If you do not get it, it’s impossible to move to Denmark as an architect. The point that makes language fluency a must is to be familiar with Denmark planning and building regulation laws. It requires you to know them in detail and implement them during daily work. So you need Danish fluency to know them and perform these rules.
An education degree in architecture.Having an educational degree that proves your knowledge and understanding of architecture is often needed. It’s unlikely that you can get a job offer without a university degree. You have to know some information and techniques through academic education. If you have entered this page, you are likely to have a degree. So this isn’t that big of a deal.
Work experience.Having work experience as an architect is one of the important requirements. You need it to prove you can work as an architect. Danish employers look at your work experience carefully and determine if you qualify or not. Also, the Danish immigration officials will look at your resume to know about your background. Due to security reasons, they ensure that you truly are an architect. You would better gather as much work experience as possible and collect proof for it.
A job offer.The first step of the process you have to go through is to get a job offer from a Danish employer. It’s impossible for you to immigrate and work in Denmark as an architect without a job offer. If you are from a non-EU country, you need a work permit to work in Denmark as an architect. Not only an architect but every non-EU national who wants to work in Denmark also needs a work permit. If the Danish authorities do not issue the work permit, it means you may not work in Denmark. You can find ways to find a job in Denmark. You have to use one or a combination of them to find the job. Remember the point that you may not work as an independent architect in Denmark. You have to work with a Danish company and licensed architects in the country to get familiar with the Danish planning and building regulation laws. You have to work for a few years with them, and then you might be able to work on your own.
Knowledge of planning and building regulation laws.Danish planning and building regulation laws are different from your home country. So you have to know the Danish rules and get familiar with them. As explained in the above section, you need Danish language fluency to learn and understand the Danish rules and regulations. Your language fluency must be good enough to read expert architecture texts. Moreover, you need to be fluent enough to pass the interview with the Danish employer and their team. There will be interviews with the HR team and the expert-technical team. After you land in Denmark, you will have to work with Danish architects. So your language proficiency must be good enough to work with them.
Clean record certificate.You can not immigrate to Denmark if you have been convicted of a serious crime or felony. So, the employers might ask you for a Certificate of clean record certificate. Also, the certificate is part of the visa supporting documents. So you have to submit it to the official. If you can not get the certificate of clean record, it’s unlikely that you can immigrate and work in Denmark as an architect.
Do I need a visa to work as an architect in Denmark?The answer is up to your nationality. If you are from a non-EU country, you need a work visa and work permit to work as an architect in Denmark. The fact is that you need a work permit before you get a work visa. The work permit is permission to work in Denmark as a non-EU national, and the work visa is permission to enter the country. So, if you are a non-EU national, you will definitely need a work visa to work in Denmark. But, if you have a valid residence permit from one of the EU countries, you might be able to work in Denmark without a work permit.
What are the steps to follow?These are the steps you have to follow to immigrate and work as an architect in Denmark. But depending on your nationality and education, you might not need one or two of them;
Work on your Danish language proficiency.As explained in the above section, you need Danish language proficiency to immigrate and work in Denmark as an architect. For the first step, you need to understand Danish planning and building regulation laws. The authorities are strict over them, and there is no exception. You have to obey them and act accordingly. You will have to read the rules and regulations in detail and with care. This is not a simple language test, but you need to learn and memorize the rules. Then, you have to find a job offer from a Danish employer. So it’s a must to speak with him/her and pass the interviews. After you get your work visa and enter Denmark, you will have to work with Danish co-workers. So you will have to understand them and cooperate well. All in all, Danish language proficiency is an essential aspect, and you have to master it if you are determined to immigrate to Denmark as an architect.
Look for a job offer from a Danish employer.You have to find a job offer with a Danish employer for the beginning part. It’s a must, and you have to do it; there is no other choice. Why? Because the employer must get the authorization so you can work as a foreign or non-EU person in Denmark. EU nationals do not need permission to work in Denmark. But non-EU nationals need it. It gets called the work permit. Only the Danish employer can apply for a work permit, and the requirement is signing an employment contract. Here are the ways you can use to find a job in Denmark as an architect;
Websites that advertise job positions.Some websites advertise jobs and vaccines in every country. So it is with Denmark. You can look for an architect position in them. You have to prepare an English or Danish resume and search for positions that suit your education and work experience. This is a list of the websites that can help you find a job in Denmark:
- Jobindex. dk
- Jobnet. dk
- Stepstone. dk
- IT-Jobbank. Dk
Find a job through recruitment agencies.Employment or recruitment agencies can also help you find a job in Europe and Denmark. They know employers and have a job bank. Also, employers might ask them to find a suitable employee. This is a list of the famous agencies in Europe where you can find a job with one of them.
- Lordstone Corporation
- Agelix Consulting LLC
- Approach People Recruitment
- MAS Recruiting
- European Recruitment
- Hasselhoff Recruiter
- Tiger Recruitment
- Huxley Associates
- Chronos Consulting
- EMEA Recruitment
- Computer People
- Euro London Appointments
- Purcon Recruiting
- Michael Page
- Kelly Services
- Artemis Solutions – Talent Search
- Antal International
- Ajilon Recruiting
- Alderwick Consulting Limited
- Expertise Recruitment
- Hoffman and Associates
Visiting Denmark to find a job.Your third option to find a job in Denmark is to visit the country in person. You can send resumes and take part in the interviews in person to encourage employers to hire you. It becomes more likely if you attend the in-person meetings and company officials see you. They can get a clear understanding and evaluate you better. How to visit Denmark? Some countries enjoy the visa-waiver program with Denmark. It means they can visit the country for 90 days without applying for a visa. Their passport allows them to enter and stay in Denmark for 90 days. You can find the list of visa-waived countries in the Visa Library article. If you are not a national of these countries, then you need a visa to enter Denmark. You can use a Denmark tourist visa to enter the country and stay for some time. You can look for a job and attend interviews. But you have no permission to work. If you work and the immigration authorities find out, there will be heavy consequences for you. You might never be able to get a Denmark visa. Just use the opportunity to find a job and persuade the employer to hire you. You can watch the Denmark tourist visa video on the Visa Library channel or read the article from the link a few lines back.
Sign an employment contract with the Danish employer.After you find the job offer, it’s a must to sign an employment contract with the Danish employer. The contract is part of the supporting documents to apply for and receive the work permit. It must contract every aspect of employment and describe the tasks you will do in Denmark. This is a sample of the items that must be included in the contract:
- Job title
- Job description
- Team & department assignment
- Role requirements
- Skill requirements
- Annual salary or hourly rate
- Raises, bonuses, incentive opportunities
- Health benefits (medical, dental, eye care, things like this)
- Company stock options
- investment/retirement plans
Complete the visa application process.At this stage, you have to complete the visa application process on the SIRI website. Here are the stages you have to follow:
Step 1. 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. You have to pick one of them that suits your conditions:
- Fast track scheme
- Pay limit scheme
- Positive lists
- Personal names.
- Passport number.
- Email address.
Step 2. Gather the supporting documents.Here, you have to collect the supporting documents to prove you are eligible to receive the authorization. You have to gather this list of documents:
- Receipt of paid application fee.
- A copy of all of your passport pages.
- Proof of having enough money to pay for the basic costs in Denmark.
- 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.
Step 3. Complete the application form.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.
Step 4. Submit the application form.If you complete the online application form, it will be submitted to the SIRI officials automatically. But suppose you pick the paper application form. In that case, you have to submit it with the rest of the documents to the Danish embassy, consulate, or visa center responsible for visa processing in your home country. You can find a list of them from this link.
Step 5. Submit biometrics.You have to submit your biometrics, digital photo, and fingerprints. You have to do it in 14 days after completing the online application form. If you can not submit your biometrics in the time frame, you have to inform the SIRI of the reason and submit your biometrics at the first available time. There are a few scenarios with submitting your biometrics. If you are in Denmark at the time of application, you can submit your biometric with the SIRI’s offices in the city you live. If you are applying from your home country or a foreign country, not Denmark, you can submit your biometrics to the Danish embassy, consulate, or the visa center responsible for visa processing.
Step 6. Wait for processing and answer.The processing time of your application is about one month, but it might take longer. You have to wait for the SIRI’s decision. After the authorization is approved, you will receive instructions to get your permit and move to Denmark. The residence permit will let you stay in Denmark for one year or the duration of your employment contract. If your application is rejected, the SIRI officials will send you a letter and explain the reason. You can remove them and apply again unless there is a serious issue with your application.
What is the safe way of becoming an architect in Denmark?Getting a job offer from a Danish employer as a foreign person might be hard for you. Also, Danish employers might not hire you as you have studied and worked abroad and are not familiar with the Danish planning and building regulation laws. If you work on the requirements and achieve them, you are likely to get the job offer. But if not, there is another way to immigrate and work as an architect in Denmark. It’s to study architecture in a Danish university or education center. Here are the stages you have to follow to get an education degree from a Danish university:
Find an architectural program.For the first step, you have to find a Danish university that offers an architectural or a related program. Visit the universities and websites and determine if the course is available to you as an international student. If yes, can you register for it, and what are the requirements? Here is a list of the Danish universities that offer an architectural program;
- Aalborg University
- Aarhus University
- University of Copenhagen
- Technical University of Denmark
- Copenhagen Business School
- Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts
- University of Southern Denmark
- Aarhus School of Architecture
- IT University of Copenhagen
Fulfill the requirements and get admission.Each architectural program in a Danish university has some requirements. You have to fulfill all of them to be qualified to apply for it. Here is a sample list of the items you have to gather:
- Danish or English language proficiency certificate.
- Latest educational certificate
- Admission fee.
- A proposal
- Sample of writing.
- SOP (Statement of Purpose).
Apply for a Denmark student visa.After you get the admission letter, you can apply for a Denmark student visa. You can watch the video that the Visa Library team has prepared about the Denmark student visa our YouTube channel. First, you have to gather the supporting documents. They prove you are qualified to receive a student visa and study in the country. You can find the list of them in our article or watch the video to know the complete list. Then you have to complete the application form on the SIRI website. After that, you have to submit the documents and your biometrics to the Danish embassy/consulate in your home country. After you receive the student visa, you can move to Denmark and begin your studies.
Complete your studies and apply for a work permit.You have to complete your education in Denmark then you can apply for a work permit. If you can not become an architect with a BA degree, you might have to complete your education to the MA degree. After you complete your education in Denmark, you have permission to find a job and work in the country. You can find work much easier than abroad as you have completed your education in Denmark, are fluent in the language, and know the planning and building regulation laws. After you find a job with a Danish employer, you can apply for a work permit. It will be issued as you have completed your education in Denmark and you qualify to stay. When the work permit is issued, you can begin your work and stay as long as you have an employment contract with a Danish employer.
Do I have to get Danish language fluency to work as an architect in Denmark?The answer is yes. This article brought you two ways to immigrate and work as an architect in Denmark. The first way is to get a job offer from a Danish employer. You need Danish language fluency to persuade the employer to hire you. Also, you need to know Denmark’s planning and building regulation laws. You have to work based on the planning and building regulation laws of the country. It’s a must to know them in detail and implement the rules at work. The third aspect that makes language fluency a must is that if you manage to get a work visa, you will have to work with Danish architects and may not work on your own. You need language fluency to work, understand, and communicate with them. The second way to immigrate and work as an architect in Denmark is to study at one of the Danish universities. The language requirements are with the university, but you are likely to need it to study architecture in Denmark.
How hard is it to immigrate to Denmark?The answer is up to the immigration method you pick to enter Denmark. If you want to move to Denmark through a work visa, it depends on how skilled you are. If you are a highly qualified skilled worker and your skill is needed in the country, it’s easier to get a job offer and move to Denmark. But if you are not a skilled worker and your language fluency is not good, it’s unlikely that you will manage to get a job offer. The other immigration methods are hard, but it depends on your eligibility. You can work on your conditions and fulfill the requirements to become qualified. This will improve the possibility of getting accepted.
Architect salaries in Denmark.According to Salary Explorer, the average salary or income of an architect in Denmark is about 37,700 DKK ($5.400)per month. The income range begins from 18,100 DKK ($2600) and goes up to 72,600 DKK ($10.500). This is while the Glassdoor website says that the average salary is about DKK 48,689 ($7.000) per month in Copenhagen. The same source indicates that you can expect to earn DKK12,000 ($12.000) higher per month. According to Salary Expert, your income as an architect is about DKK 687.980 ($100.000) per year. You can expect to earn a DKK19.000 bonus as well. The mentioned figures are only estimates by the provided sources, and your salary is up to a few factors in Denmark.
What are the best places to work as an architect in Denmark?The place you will end up working is up to the job offer you find and the demand in the market. But the construction companies might be located in large cities, and you can find them through research. Remember that you can not work on your own as an architect, and you have to work with Danish employers for a few years. So, you might have to move to other cities on a mission or a construction project. This is the list of large cities in Denmark. You can look for a construction company in them:
- Mt Hojgaard
- Per Aarsleff
What are the benefits of living in Denmark as an architect?Working in one of the EU countries doesn’t need to explain benefits. Denmark is one of the strongest economies, and it opens the doorway to Europe for you. You have searched and entered this page, which means that you have made up your mind. Denmark is a good destination. This section ensures you of your decision and brings you some good aspects of living in Denmark;
Work-life balance to enjoy life.Compared to other people, the Danish work less, and they care about the quality of life. It doesn’t mean the number of hours you work per day but also the number of holidays indicate that they care about the quality of life. The company you work for doesn’t matter. The priority is quality, and if your employer fiend you are getting work out, he/she might offer you a holiday. Denmark is the perfect destination when you want to work to live, not live to work.
Free education for your children.The free education system in Denmark is over K-12 grades. Your children will be able to get an education or college degree at no cost. But if you pick a college, you might have to pay loans after meeting your degree. It will receive your mind that your children get the education they need for future careers. Also, the quality is high, and they will become well-trained to get prepared for the future job market.
One of the safest places on earth.When was the last time you heard about an accident or issue in Denmark? There is a little crime rate, and you will have no concerns about it. Gun violence doesn’t exist, and people get to their own businesses. It’s no coincidence that Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world. People enjoy their time and have no worried about the future.
Public health care is available.Public free health care is available for every type of service. It includes the annual visit to the doctor and emergency services. If you get old and need care, the government pays for it, and you do not have to worry about it. Surgeries and prescriptions are also free, and the danish government pays for them.
Efficient public transport.The Danish government has invested heavily in the public transport system and crease an efficient version. You will have no trouble getting inside the country to every spot you want to outside of the country. Take one train, and you will end up in the neighboring country’s capital. The government has reserved the roads, and they are in good condition. The trains and buses are clean, not to mention the thousands of bikes around.
The great green life and nature.During the past years, one of the priorities has been preserving green life and planting trees. You can always find somewhere to enjoy nature. Trees are everywhere, and you will breathe in a jungle. The crystal clear air and the coastal line is like paradise.
Europe is one short trip away.Take a nap and wake up in another European country with one short train trip: