Hosting an Au Pair in Norway is the perfect chance to introduce your kids to a new culture and raise them in a multicultural environment.
Host Families in Norway will also find a flexible, reliable and affordable childcare.
Can you become a Host Family in Norway?
Host Families need to meet some requirements to host an Au Pair in Norway and start this cultural exchange with all the program benefits.
Make sure that you meet the following requirements:
- You have at least one child younger than 18 years.
- You want to host only one Au Pair at a time.
- You are able to afford the costs of the program.
- You have a private room for the new family member.
- You are able to pay for the Norwegian language course (at least NOK 8,400 per year).
- You are willing to pay the insurance in Norway.
- You are willing to sign the official contract from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
- You are willing to consider the Au Pair a family member.
If your family fulfills all the requirements, we would like to help you to connect with the right candidates!
In general, Au Pairs need to have experience in taking care of children, be healthy and can’t have children of their own or even be married. Of course they also have to be interested in immersing themselves in the Scandinavian culture and learn Norwegian.
How to hire an Au Pair from a Non-EU country?
Candidates outside of the European Union/EFTA need to apply for a visa in their home country and then apply for a residence permit in Norway.
These are the requirements to be part of the experience:
- Age: between 18 – 29 (at the time of applying for the visa)
- Passport (it should be valid for the length of the stay)
- Ability to afford the visa and travel expenses
- Must be willing to sign the contract provided by one of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) approved agencies.
- The Au Pair has to show the will to return to his/her home country at the end of the stay. The circumstances in their home country must also indicate that they will be able to return.
If you’ve found the right candidate you will need to make the agreement official through the contract. Afterwards, there are just a couple of arrangements to take care of.
These are the steps to follow:
1 Insurance and Tuberculosis test
Although Au Pairs automatically become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance scheme once the residence permit is valid, we suggest to get a private health insurance in addition. It should cover accidents, illness and liability during the length of the stay. Host Families also have to make sure that their new family member takes the mandatory tuberculosis test as soon as the Au Pair arrives in Norway.
2 Residence Permit
All Non-European Union/EFTA citizens must register at the corresponding office to process their residence permit in Norway. This should be done within the first days of the arrival.
3 Enroll to Social Security System
After registering and processing the residence permit, the Au Pair will have to enroll to the Social Security System. Participants will get an ID number and an income tax card at the corresponding office. It is important to mention that Host Families are in charge of paying for the taxes on behalf of their Au Pair. That means that the Au Pair’s salary should include an extra amount to be deduced as an income tax.