Step 1: Find an au pair or host family
Au pairs and host families can register at AuPairWorld and look for a corresponding match.
Step 2: A valid passport
In order to enter the Netherlands, the au pair will need a valid passport, which needs to be valid for at least half a year after the planned departure from the Netherlands.
Step 3: The family chooses a recognised au pair agency in the Netherlands
The host family must register with an au pair agency in order to be able to host an au pair. Only an officially recognised au pair agency working with the IND (Dutch Immigration Office) is authorized to set up an application in the name of the au pair.
The agency will assist both the au pair and the host family throughout the entire duration of the au pair stay. The agency will also provide all necessary documents and information, as well as the au pair contract.
Step 4: The agency starts an Entry and Residence (TEV) Procedure
The recognised au pair agency will start a TEV-procedure (Entry and Residence Procedure). This procedure consists of an application for an MVV (Temporary Residence Permit) and/or a VVR (Residence Permit Regular).
Residents of the following countries do not have to apply for an MVV, they only need a VVR: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, USA, South Korea and Vatican City.
The au pair year starts the day the visa becomes valid, even if the au pair arrives at a later date in the Netherlands. If the au pair does not require a visa, then the maximum stay of 12 months starts from the moment the au pair arrives in the Netherlands.
Step 5: Collect your visa (MVV) and resident permit (VVR)
Once the au pair's application has been approved, the au pair agency will inform the au pair that the MVV at the Dutch embassy or consulate in the au pair's country of origin or country of residence.
After arriving in the Netherlands, the au pair can collect the Residence Permit (VVR) from the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Office).
Step 6: Au pair registers with the local town council
After the au pair arrives in the Netherlands, the family will arrange a visit to the local town council for the au pair to register on the GBA (Personal Records Database). For this the au pair will need:
- an officially translated copy of the birth certificate
- the residence permit (VVR)
- the passport
Step 7: Medical examination
Within three months after arrival in the Netherlands, the au pair has to undergo an examination for tuberculosis. Citizens from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Surinam, Vatican City and the USA are exempt from this examination.
Further information can be provided by the involved au pair agency. AuPairWorld works together with Au Pair International as its official agency partner in the Netherlands.