Au-pair Visa Norway-Aupair Visa Rules For Norway
- A European country ( no restrictions )
- A Nordic national ( no restrictions )
- A non European country (full restrictions)
Visa Rules for Au-pairs from European Countries
Au-pairs from countries that are within the European Economic Area are free to travel and work in the Norway under the provisions of the European freedom of movement regulations: these regulations permit the free movement of goods, persons, services, and capital among the EEA nations i.e. the right for Europeans to work and live in any other European country of their choosing.
EEA national may live and work in Norway without a visa or work permit for up to 3 months or 6 months if they are seeking employment. However from the 1 October 2009, EEA Nationals (with the exception of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals) no longer need to apply for residence permits in Norway.
All the nationals need to do is to register on arrival at a police station or at a service centre for foreign workers. Those who meet the criteria for registration will be issued with a registration certificate. The certificate is valid for an unlimited period and does not have to be renewed.
Countries given full free movement rights by Norway :
Austria / Belgium / Bulgaria / Czech Republic / Cyprus / Denmark / Estonia / Finland / France / Germany / Greece / Hungary / Iceland / Ireland / Italy / Latvia / Liechtenstein / Lithuania / Luxembourg / Malta / Norway / The Netherlands / Poland / Portugal / Romania / Slovakia / Slovenia / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / United Kingdom
Nationals of Nordic nation are are free to reside and work Norway. The Nordic nations are;
Finland / Iceland / Denmark / Sweden
Visa Rules for Au-pairs from Non European Countries
Norway permits nationals from Non European countries to work in Norway as an Au-pair.
The purpose of the Au-pair scheme is cultural exchange. As Au-pairs, young people can improve their language skills and knowledge of Norway and Norwegian society by living with a Norwegian family. In return, the Au-pair performs services such as light housework and child care for the host family.
The Visa is granted for a maximum period of two years. However if the offer of employment from the Host family is less than two years then the Au-pair can only be granted a residence permit for the period covered by the employment offer.
In order to be granted a residence permit as an Au-pair you must
- be above 18 years and not reached the age of 30.
- it must be probable that you will return to your home country at the end of your stay, and circumstances in your home country must also indicate that you will be able to return.
Requirements for the host family
- The host family can be a married couple or cohabitants (regardless of sex) with or without children, or a single parent with children.
- The host family shall present Norwegian language and society and speak Norwegian to the Au-pair.
- If one of the host parents is of the same nationality as you are, he or she must have lived in Norway for a minimum of 10 years.
- The host family can only have one Au-pair at a time.
- The host family must treat the Au-pair like a member of the family.
You cannot be a host family if you are:
- Single without children
- Members of the Au-pair's own family, i.e. siblings, cousins, brothers or sisters-in-law, uncles or aunts cannot be a host family.
The rights of the Au-pair
- You are to carry out light works such as housework, child care and caring for animals.
- The working hours must not exceed five hours a day, and the maximum number of working hours per week is 30. You cannot work more than these 30 hours, not even for extra pay.
- You are entitled to participate in tuition in the Norwegian language and recreational activities.
- The host family shall pay for you to attend Norwegian language courses in the amount of up to NOK 6,000 per year.
- You must live with the host family for the duration of the contract and have your own room in the host family's home.
- You shall have free board and lodging, and receive at least NOK 4,000 per month before tax as pocket money/ pay.
- You are entitled to a total of 25 working days of holiday per calendar year.
- You are entitled to a minimum of 48 hours of time off per week (free period). This free period should be continuous if possible, and never shorter than 24 hours.
- You and your host family must have signed the Directorate of Immigration's (UDI) standard employment contract for service provision.
- You cannot work as ordinary domestic help or childminder with a permit as an Au-pair.
- You cannot work for other employers than your host family, and you cannot combine your work as an Au-pair with any other work, neither paid nor free.
Requirements for insurance
The host family shall pay for insurance for the Au-pair which covers the Au-pair's return home in the case of death, illness or injury.
Who will pay for the insurance?
The host family shall cover the full cost of the insurance. This implies that the host family cannot impose on the au-pair to pay part of, or the whole cost of the insurance by deducting from the Au-pair’s pocket money or agreement on repayment.
The insurance is tied up to the au-pair. It is not necessary to take out a new insurance if the Au-pair changes host family, so long as the insurance is still valid. The host family's expenses relating to the insurance will therefore not be refunded if the Au-pair terminates the contract or changes host family. The host family must eventually pay for new insurance cover if they want to have another Au-pair later on. The host family does not have the right to claim refund of the expenses relating to the insurance if the resident permit is not granted.
If the host family does not take out insurance for the Au-pair, this is seen as a conflict with the Au-pair contract. The host family is then responsible for covering the cost for the Au-pair's return to his or her country of origin.
How to apply
You submit the application form-Au-pairs to the Norwegian embassy or consulate in your home country or in the country where you have held a residence permit for the past six months. Your host family can no longer submit an application on your behalf from Norway. You cannot enter Norway and start working until you have received your permit. This is also applicable even though you only want to enter Norway on vacation or to get acquainted with the host family before the Au-pair period begins. You will receive an answer to your application from the foreign service mission or, if relevant, through the person you have authorised in Norway.
Exemptions for certain groups:
- Certain groups can apply for a residence permit from Norway.
- Certain groups can submit applications online through the embassy websites.
Residence permit during application processing
You can ask the police to issue you a residence permit while your application is being processed . The police can grant this if you are entitled to apply from Norway, and if they believe that your application is likely to be granted
What must be enclosed with the application?
In addition to the completed application form, you must enclose:
- the UDI’s standard employment contract, signed by yourself and your host family
- the form ‘Important information to au-pairs and their host families about rights and obligations’, signed by yourself and your host family
- documentation of the nationality of the host family (e.g. copies of their passports)
- a copy of your passport. If you apply from Norway, the date when you entered Norway must be shown in your passport or in other documentation.
- a translation of the documents into Norwegian or English
- a passport photo/ photo that meets specific requirements
- you must pay a fee
You may also have to enclose the following:
- documentation that you have had legal residence in the country that you applied from for the past six months if you applied from a country other than your home country
- if the host family is a single-parent family, you must document his/her percentage of the responsibility for care and control of the child(ren)
- a written authorisation for your host family if you so wish
If you enclose a copy of the documents with your application, it is a condition that you present the original documents when you hand in your application.
How long will it take to process the application?
Case processing times are available at the Official website for the Norwegian Immigration
- The UDI will grant a residence permit to an Au pair for one year at a time, but not for a total of more than two years.
- You can travel into and out of Norway for as long as the permit is valid.
- The permit does not form the basis for a permanent residence permit (settlement permit) or family immigration.
- As long as you hold a valid residence permit as an Au-pair, you can submit an application to change host families at any time. This will be considered an application for renewal.
- If you wish to renew your residence permit as an Au-pair, you must submit a new application at least one month before your current permit expires.
- You cannot start working for the new family until your new application for a residence permit has been granted.
- The application must be submitted to the police district where you live. As a rule, you must submit it in person.
- The same documentation requirements apply as for first-time applications. However, you may have turned 30. You can find more information about what must be enclosed with your application here.
- Renewal applications are also subject to a fee.
Please note that the aupair visa rules given by Aupair world are meant for guidance purposes only and are not to be relied upon. Au pair world cannot be held liable for this information and reader are strongly advised to seek legal advice from the appropreiate channels in the country they wish to work in.
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