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In order to enter the Netherlands you will need a valid passport, which needs to be valid for at least half a year after you have left 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 authorised 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 and will provide all necessary documents and information, as well as the au pair contract.
The recognised au pair agency will start a TEV-procedure (Entry and Residence Procedure). This procedure consists of an application for an MVV (Temporary Residence Permit) and/or a VVR (Residence Permit Regular).
Residents of the following countries do not have to apply for an MVV, they only need a VVR: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, USA, South Korea and Vatican City.
Your au pair year starts the day your visa becomes valid, even if you arrive at a later date in the Netherlands. If you don’t need a visa, your maximum stay of 12 months starts from the moment you arrive in the Netherlands.
Once your application has been approved, the au pair agency will inform you that you can collect your MVV at the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country of origin or country of residence.
After arriving in the Netherlands, you can collect your Residence Permit (VVR) from the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Office).
Together with a host parent go to your host family's local town council to register on the GBA (Personal Records Database). For this you will need:
Within three months after your arrival in the Netherlands, you have to undergo an examination for tuberculosis. Citizens from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Surinam, Vatican City and the USA are exempt from this examination.
The au pair agency in the Netherlands will provide you with any further information.
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