Hosting an Au Pair in Belgium offers a chance to take part in a cultural exchange and at the same time, to have a flexible and affordable child care solution.
Belgium is also a perfect place for those interested in multicultural environment.
Can you become a Host Family?
Host Families get many other benefits of the Au Pair experience beyond the child care. There are certain requirements for Host Families in Belgium:
- At least one child under the age of 13.
- Possibility to cover meals, salary , insurance in Belgium for the Au Pair and few other program expenses.
- A private room for the Au Pair in the family’s home
- Consider the Au Pair as a part of the family and respect her/his privacy
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Candidates of the Au Pair program need to meet certain requirements according to their nationality. Due to visa regulations the participants from Non-EU countries have a few extra steps to follow. We will guide you through them.
There are also some general expectations for all the Au Pairs, for example: Being healthy, not having children of their own or not being married, having enough child care experience. The last one is especially important since it is the participant’s main task.
How to hire an Au Pair from a Non-EU country?
Candidates from Non-European Union countries need a visa to Belgium. This permit is processed by the Belgian Embassy in the Au Pair’s home country and is needed to get a residence permit. Belgium has an official Au Pair program so there is a special visa for participants.
These are the requirements they must meet:
- Age: 18 – 25
- Basic language skills in at least one of the three national languages (French, German and Dutch)
- High school diploma (or equivalent) that grants a higher education
- Passport: Valid for the length of the stay
- Signed contract
- Clean criminal record
- Able to cover the visa and travel expenses
- Willing to attend language or culture related courses during the stay
- The candidate has not previously had a work permit in Belgium
If your candidate meets all the requirements then you can start planning the stay! Have a look at the following steps:
1 Sign the contract
Be sure to have a legal and organized stay with the contract. It must include the most important aspects of the stay such as working hours, free time and salary. The candidate will also need this document for a visa.
2 Request the work permit
Applicants have to present the Employment Authorization Type B which needs to be requested and sent by the hosts before the appointment at the embassy.
3 Get an insurance
Do not forget to get a private health insurance and avoid any unpleasant surprises and unaffordable fees. The insurance should cover accidents and illness during the whole stay.
4 Help with the visa application
Send all the paperwork that’s needed for opening a visa to Belgium and clear any questions your Au Pair might have regarding the stay. Note that the visa process might take a couple of weeks.
5 Take care of registration
Once in Belgium, Au Pairs must register at the local office within the first 8 days of the stay. After that, he/she will need to transform the visa into a residence permit at the foreign office. The family can make this process easier and help to prevent problems with the official regulations.
Consider that the validity of the residence permit may not exceed 1 year. Help the applicant to get in touch with the authorities to find out the specific requirements and make an appointment online.
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