Without a valid passport, you can neither enter Norway nor apply for your residence permit as an au pair. Therefore, you need to ensure that you have a valid passport. If necessary, you need to renew it.
In order to apply for your residence permit (step 3), you need a valid standard contract for au pairs. You need to complete and sign the contract, which also includes your duties with your host family. Each of you should keep a signed copy.
You need a residence permit to become an au pair in Norway. You can apply for both residence and work permit at the same time using the corresponding application form. You need the following documents for your application:
In addition, you need to pay a fee.
In addition to the above mentioned documents, you may be required to hand in further documents:
Should you add copies of the above mentioned documents to your application, you need to present the originals when handing in your application.
Outside of Norway, you can hand in your application to a Norwegian embassy or consulate in your home country or the country for which you have a valid residence permit (for the past six months). In some countries, you have the opportunity to hand in your application to the Swedish or Danish embassy, as well.
If you are currently in Norway, you may have the possibility to hand in your application on the spot.
If you hand in your application in Norway or to a Norwegian embassy, you should do so online. During your online registration, you schedule an appointment with the police or an embassy to hand in your passport and other documents.
If you apply for your residence permit through a Swedish or Danish embassy, you need to use the written application form. You also need to contact the embassy to arrange an appointment for handing in your 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, you may leave and enter Norway as often as you wish.
Are you a citizen of the Philippines? In this instance, you need a visa and probably more documents to become an au pair in Norway. Please contact the Norwegian embassy on the Philippines or the Philippine embassy in Norway for more information.
After your application for the residence permit has been approved, you will receive a letter asking you to take care of the so-called residence card. It proves that you are a legal resident in Norway. As soon as you have received this letter, you must go to the Norwegian police, who will take your finger prints and photo. Approximately 10 days later, you will receive your residence card.
According to Norwegian law, au pairs from outside the EU, EFTA or EEA need to take a tuberculosis test. Your host family should arrange an appointment within the first two days upon your arrival as the test should be done before you start looking after their children.
If you are a citizen of the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia or Japan, you do not need to take a tuberculosis test.
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