Step 1: A valid passport
Au pairs need to have a valid passport to enter Norway. A passport is also necessary to obtain a residence permit as an au pair.
Step 2: The au pair contract
To apply for the residence permit (Step 3), a completed au pair contract is required. The contract must be fully filled out and signed by the au pair and the host family. The contract includes a specification of the agreed tasks of the au pair. Two signed copies of the contract should be prepared – one for the au pair and one for the family.
Step 3: Applying for the residence / work permit
A residence permit is required to become an au pair. The application for this residence permit also serves as the application for a work permit. The following documents are necessary for the application:
- A valid passport
- The standard au pair contract signed by both the au pair and family
- Proof of the host family's nationality (for instance, copies of their passports)
- A copy of the au pair's passport (if the au pair is already in Norway, it is important that the date of entry is noted in the passport or other identity document)
- A Norwegian or English translation of all documents
- A passport photo which complies with certain criteria
In addition to the above mentioned documents, the following documents may also be required:
- If the au pair is applying for the residence permit from outside her/his home country, proof must be provided that the au pair has been a legal resident of this country for the past six months
- If the host family is a single-parent household, a document must be provided regarding the amount of time the single parent is responsible for the care of the child
- If the host family is making the application for the au pair, they need the au pair's written authorisation to do so (with a signature included!)
If copies of these documents are provided with the application, originals must be available to present when handing in the application.
How to submit the residence permit application:
Outside of Norway, the application can be submitted to the Norwegian embassy or consulate in the au pair's home country or a country for which the au pair has a valid residence permit (for the past six months). In some countries, it is also possible to submit the application to the Swedish or Danish embassy, as well.
If the au pair is currently in Norway, it may be possible to submit the application in the country.
Au pairs submitting their application in Norway or to a Norwegian embassy, should do so online. During the online registration, an appointment will be made for presenting the au pair passport and other documents at a police station or an embassy-
If the residence permit application is made via a Swedish or Danish embassy, then a written application form must be used. It is necessary to contact the embassy to arrange an appointment for presenting the au pair passport and other necessary documents.
Au pairs in Norway may reside in the country for a maximum of two years. However, the residence permit is only issued for the duration of employment. During this period of time, there are no restrictions on the au pair leaving and entering Norway.
If the au pair comes from the Philippines, then a visa will be necessary and perhaps other documents. Contact should be made with Norwegian embassy in the Philippines or the Philippine embassy in Norway for more information.
Step 4: The residence card
After the application for a residence permit has been approved, the au pair receives a letter instructing them to go to the Norwegian police to submit finger prints and have a photo taken. Approximately ten days after this, the au pair will receive the residence card. y
Step 5: Taking a tuberculosis test
According to Norwegian law, au pairs from outside the EU, EFTA or EEA need to take a tuberculosis test. The host family should arrange an appointment within the first two days following the au pair's arrival as the test should be done before the au pair has substantial contact with the children.
Au pairs who are citizens of the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia or Japan, do not need to take a tuberculosis test.