People from Denmark have been immigrating to Canada since the end of the first World War and over the years, it has continued to be an important destination for Danes.
Every year thousands of Danes make the decision to immigrate to Canada from Denmark and if you’re one of them, you’ve come to the right place!
Top reasons why Danes immigrate to Canada
While Denmark is considered to be a first-world nation, it is not uncommon for many Danes to want a better life or better opportunities for themselves and their families. So, they come to Canada.
Most people have their own specific reasons for wanting to move to Canada from Denmark but some common reasons include:
- Canada’s multicultural and diverse society;
- A democratic political system;
- A world class education system that is recognized and respected globally;
- Universal health care;
- A strong, stable and growing economy;
- Low rate of crimes and violence;
Danes might also choose to immigrate because they already have family or friends who are settled in Canada or they completed their studies in Canada and made the decision to settle here permanently.
Whatever the reasons may be, Canada gets a great number of immigrants from Denmark through a variety of programs and pathways.
How to Immigrate to Canada from Denmark
There are many ways to obtain Canadian PR for Danes citizens. It could be governed by your skill level and reason for moving.
Let’s have a look at some of the main programs for the most common goals.
Immigrate to Canada as a Worker / Express Entry
Do you have any skills and professional background?
If that is the case, you might want to have a closer look at the programs that are processed under the Express Entry system:
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – if you have at least a year of full-time Canadian work experience in the last 3 years;
- Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) – if you are skilled in a trade listed in the NOC & have at least 2 years of recent full-time Canadian experience in the last 5 years;
- Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) – if you want to settle in a certain province or city;
- Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) – if none of the above fit to your case.
As for the Express Entry system, we tell more about how it works here.
Immigrate to Canada with Your Family
Looking to immigrate to Canada with your family?
If the answer is yes, you should know that if one of the parents or one partner has received a visa, the rest of the family can come along. That’s why as partners you may want to submit 2 applications as you never know who has better chances of receiving the visa.
Also, a student visa is easier to obtain than a working visa, and if one of the family members managed to achieve one, it can help bring the whole family to Canada.
This is the kind of creative solution a Canadian immigration consultant can help you with. That’s also why the best advice we can give you is to consult with an Immigration expert!
Do you want to “try on” Canadian life before immigration?
Temporary Immigration for Young Adults (18-35yo): IEC / Student Visa
Do you want to “try on” Canadian life before immigration?
Then you might want to explore International Experience Canada (IEC Canada).
This program is ideal for Danes citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 who are looking to test the waters in Canada.
If approved for the program, applicants are permitted to live in Canada for up to two years to work, travel, and experience Canadian life.
This allows the individual to get a feel for what life in Canada would be like without making a full commitment from the start. If they can see themselves living here permanently, they can start the process of moving to Canada from Denmark.
Immigrate to Canada as a Student
Are you interested in studying in Canada?
Luckily, Canada is very welcoming for those who are looking for higher education.
In Canada, you can obtain a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) following most programs of study. Your PGWP can be valid for the same duration as your study permit, up to three years.
With its reputable educational system and high-ranking universities, Canada is one of the most attractive countries for students from around the world.
To get into a Canadian university, students need to get the student visa.
We described the process of becoming a Canadian student here.
Immigrate to Canada as an Entrepreneur or Investor
Do you want to get citizenship by investing in Canada’s economy?
If so, then you may learn more about the Investor Visa.
Do you have the skills, talent, and funds to build or establish a business in Canada?
Then Start-up visa could be an option for you. You may learn more about it here.
You may also have a look at our guide that covers business immigration.
Family Sponsorship In Canada
Immigration is faster and easier for those who have relatives in Canada. Possibly, you have someone you want to move your family after you immigrate.
If that is the case, Family Sponsorship options could be perfect for you.
This pathway works in one of two ways – inland or outland. The inland sponsorship is when the individual sponsored is already living in Canada, while the outland sponsorship is for someone currently living outside of Canada.
You may learn about Family Sponsorship here.
How to get a job in Canada from Denmark
When making the move to Canada from Denmark, one of the best things you can do is look for a job beforehand so you have financial stability and a community from the moment you land in the country.
Due to major advancements in the digital world, finding a job in Canada from Denmark is not nearly as complicated or challenging as it used to be a few years ago.
Here are some things you can do to get started on your job hunt.
- Government of Canada Job Bank
One of the easiest places to start looking for employment is the Job Bank. Run by the Government of Canada it has great advice and resources for job seekers and has thousands of employment opportunities in different fields and specialities.
Whatever your education level or work experience, chances are, the Job Bank will have something that you are perfectly suited for.
If that’s was great enough, it’s also completely free to use!
- Employment websites:
The great thing about these sites is that you can set filters to narrow your search to a specific province or city or salary expectations etc. You can set up alerts to ensure you never miss out on any new opportunities.
Another great website to check out is LinkedIn. Not only can you apply for jobs directly on the site by simply submitting your profile and resume, but you can also reach out to the hiring manager or the recruiter to follow up, ask questions about the position or simply get some advice. This way you can build connections and a network in Canada.
- Recruitment agencies:
Recruitment agencies like Drake International or Excel Personnel Inc. is another popular option and something you can have working for you in the background while you continue to do your own research and legwork.
When you contact an agency, they will open a file with all your information and try to match you up to your dream job. They will complete all the paperwork and set up the interviews. If you’re looking for a job in a specific city or place, it’s best to contact the local branch of the agency.
The key to success with recruitment agencies is to follow up with your agent regularly and build a rapport with them.
Remember, finding a job doesn’t happen overnight. The key is to apply to everything that is interesting and to stay patient. Also, make sure to format your application in the Canadian way so that everything looks professional.
With Liberals winning again in the latest federal elections and the Trudeau government committed to welcoming over 1.2 million newcomers into the country by 2023, the timing to immigrate to Canada from Denmark has never been better.
Speak to an RCIC and get started on making the move today!