An au pair from outside the EU, EFTA or EEA may neither enter Norway nor apply for a residence permit if they do not possess a valid passport. Therefore, you should ask your au pair whether their passport is still valid.
In order to apply for the residence permit (step 3), your au pair needs a valid au pair contract. The contract must be completed and signed by both you and your au pair. It also needs to include the au pair's duties. Each of you should keep one signed copy.
Your au pair needs a residence permit to become an au pair in Norway. The corresponding application form includes the application for the work permit. In addition to the application form, your au pair needs to hand in the following documents:
In addition, the au pair needs to pay a fee.
In addition to the above mentioned documents, the au pair may be required to hand in the following documents:
Should your au pair add copies of the above mentioned documents to their application, they will need to present the originals when handing in the application.
Outside of Norway, au pairs may hand in their application to a Norwegian embassy or consulate. This can either be in their home country or the country in which they have been a legal resident for the past six months. In some countries, applications may also be handed in at the Swedish or Danish embassy.
If your au pair is currently in Norway, they may possibly hand in the application on the spot.
If your au pair hands in the application in Norway or via a Norwegian embassy, they should do so online. During the online registration, the au pair also arranges an appointment with the police or an embassy to hand in their passport and other necessary documents.
If the au pair applies for their residence permit through a Swedish or Danish embassy, they need to use the written application form. The au pair also needs to contact the embassy to arrange an appointment for handing in their passport and other necessary documents.
Au pairs in Norway may stay in the country for a maximum of two years. However, the residence permit is only issued for the duration of employment. During this period, your au pair may leave and enter Norway as often as desired.
Is your au pair a citizen of the Philippines? In this case, they need a visa and probably more documents to become an au pair in Norway. Please contact the Norwegian embassy in the Philippines or the Philippine embassy in Norway for more information.
After the au pair's application for the residence permit has been approved, they receive a letter asking them to take care of the so-called residence card. It proves that the au pair is a legal resident in Norway. As soon as the au pair has received this letter, they must apply to the Norwegian police who will take their fingerprints and photo. Approximately 10 days later, the au pair will receive the residence card.
According to Norwegian law, au pairs from outside the EU, EFTA and EEA must take a tuberculosis test. Host families should arrange an appointment within the first two days of their au pairs' arrival, as the test should be carried out before the au pair starts taking care of the children.
Au pairs from the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia or Japan do not need to take a tuberculosis test.
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