Denmark Working Holiday Visa

In order to apply for the Denmark Working Holiday Visa, as a Canadian, it was required that I was within the borders of Canada at the time of application and that I was between the years of 18-35 (inclusive) at the time of application.  There was a two page information sheet that had to be printed out and filled in, and then an appointment was to be made where they could process my biometrics.  Biometrics are when your fingerprints are taken.

There was no office close to where I lived at the time of application, and the only three embassies in Canada are in the east: Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.  There would be no choice to fly to one of these three embassies, however, for a slightly higher fee there was a 3rd party company who could middle-man the visa, take the fingerprints and send the information to Ottawa from Vancouver.  The extra 3rd party fee was much cheaper than having to fly across the country.  I was able to get in for an appointment in Vancouver within two days of contacting them.

The cost for the one-year Denmark working holiday visa was $343.

My fingerprints were taken once I was inside of the office.  They also required:
•A bank statement for proof of support funding of over DKK 15,000 (approximately $2,700).
•The two pages of personal information filled out on the application form.
•Proof of full travel insurance coverage for the time living in Denmark.*
•Colored photocopies of the passport including all pages used in the passport.  The passport was required as well to verify all of the pages copied from the passport.
•Provincial health card.**
•Credit card to make the $343 processing fee.
The best part of this visa is that once they have the photocopies of you passport and have confirmed the accuracy of the copied pages, you are free to take your passport with you when you leave.  This means that you are free to travel internationally while the visa is being processed.  There is no need to wait around at home for the visa to be granted and there is no regular mail to arrive.  It took one month before I received a confirmation ‘Welcome to Denmark’ email, but in the meantime it did not matter where in the world I was located.  Once the application was made, I was free to leave the country.  This allowed me to arrive in Europe early, where I was when their confirmation email arrived in my inbox.  That is very well organized of the Danish!

This visa is great because it gives you an access point to far away lands that you might not otherwise get a chance to explore such as Sweden, Finland, Norway, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania…  The people of Denmark are wonderful, helpful, and they are the tallest people in the world.

Now, go and meet some blondes!

* Buy the bare minimum of travel insurance and tell them you will purchase more once the premium runs out.  The reason for this is that they require you to have full travel insurance coverage for your time in Denmark, but once you arrive in Denmark and activate the visa, the country itself gives you free full health coverage.

**Though I believed that I had everything the ‘checklist’ supplied with the application form required for the visit to do the biometrics, once I arrived I was informed that they needed to see my Saskatchewan Health Insurance card.  This card is completely useless in outside of my own country, but they needed to verify that I had one and were surprised that I had not brought it.  I told them that of 10 or so different working visas I have had through different countries, I have never before been asked for my provincial health card.  So that brought on a heavy amount of stress.  My health card was in the drawer of my dresser at the ranch in Big Beaver, nowhere close to the west coast of the continent where Vancouver is located, and no my parents are not technology savvy and can not get evidence of the card to me.  A couple of hours later I called another family member and asked him to drive to the ranch to take a couple of pictures of the card with his phone to send to me.  I passed the photos on to the visa people and they told me that the photos of the health card will suffice as evidence.