Au pair in the Netherlands
Information for au pairs from the EU

Are you from an EU or EFTA state? Have you already done the Quick Check? On this page, the formalities of the au pair program in the Netherlands are explained to you step by step.

The au pair programme in the Netherlands is a cultural exchange programme, therefore an au pair stay here is not the same as regular employment. However as an EU citizen you may also enter the Netherlands to work as an employee. In this case you are entitled to a minimum wage and will not be allowed to take part in the au pair programme.

Step 1: Find a family

Use AuPairWorld to find a suitable family.

Step 2: Your family chooses a recognised au pair agency in the Netherlands

If you wish to stay in the Netherlands as an au pair, your host family must register with an au pair agency in order to welcome you to their home. Only an officially recognised au pair agency of the IND (Dutch Immigration Office) is authorized to set up an application in your name.

The agency will assist both you and your host family throughout the entire duration of your stay. The agency will also provide all necessary documents and information, as well as the au pair contract.

Step 3: Register with your host family's town council 

After your arrival in the Netherlands you will go with a host parent to the local town council to register on the GBA (Personal Records Database). For this you will need an officially translated copy of your birth certificate and passport or identity card.

Any further information will be provided to you by the au pair agency.

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.

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