Make sure that you hold a valid passport before planning your trip. The passport should be valid for at least year.
All nationals of non-EU countries need a valid work permit to be allowed to work as an au pair in Belgium. You must not have already had a work permit in Belgium before. It is your host family who will have to apply for an employment authorisation and a type B work permit for your stay. The application must be submitted to the immigration service of their region (Brussels, Flanders or Wallonia).
The employment authorisation and the work permit remain valid for 12 months and cannot be extended. You are allowed to change families one time provided the total duration of your stay in Belgium doesn't exceed one year. Another important aspect: you are not allowed to accept another paid job during your au pair stay.
If you wish to stay for less than three months in Belgium, you will have to apply for a short-term visa (visa Schengen C). Please note, however, that some countries are excluded from this visa. At any rate, au pairs must meet the entry requirements in the Schengen area for a short stay. For detailed information, please contact the responsible immigration office.
If you wish to stay for more than three months in Belgium, you will have to apply for a D-type Schengen visa at the Belgian embassy or consulate in your country of residence. They will ask you to hand in the following documents:
Upon your arrival in Belgium, you are to register with the municipality of your host family within 8 days. Do not forget to bring your D-type Schengen visa and your passport.
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