The right au pair for the right Family

Au pair rules and regulations

 

Age

Between 18 and 30 years (au pair needs to apply for work permit before she/he turns 30).

Arrangement

The application for an au pair permit takes approximately 6 months. It has to be arranged before going to Norway.

Length of stay

A work permit can be granted for a period of two years maximum.

A permit to work as an au pair may be renewed if au pair changes a host family. However, an au pair work permit cannot be given for more than 2 years. The application for a new work permit must be handed in at the local police station in Norway.

Embassy Fee

An au pair is required to pay a fee to the Embassy or police if he/she applies for the residence permit. The fee is 8400 NOK ( starting from 01.01.2020 ) for citizens of countries outside the EEA area. The au pair is responsible for paying the fee. However, we ask all our host families to cover a part of the expenses for the application fee so that the au pairs pay only 3500 NOK including the exchange rate and the transfer fee.

Travel costs

The au pair must bear the travel costs to Norway herself/himself.

The host family shall cover the au pair's necessary travel expenses in connection with the au pair's travel home. This commitment will cease if the au pair stays in Norway on another residence permit or if the au pair wishes to return to a country other than his/her home country.

Holidays

The au pair is entitled to 25 working days holiday per calendar year. If the au pair has not been an au pair the entire calendar year, but starts with the host family by the 30th of September, the au pair is entitled to a full vacation. Au pairs who have been au pairs throughout the calendar year, but starts after the 30th of September is entitled to six business days holiday. The same rules will apply to any change of host family, unless the au pair can document that the holiday has been held at the former host family.

Au pairs should be accorded to paid vacation.

Insurance

An au pair with a valid work permit is automatically a member of the National Insurance Scheme (Folketrygden). The au pair will be covered by the Norwegian national health service during her stay. To be included in the scheme, the au pair must register at the "Folkeregister" upon arrival.

In addition, the host family shall cover the cost for insurance for the au pair which covers the au pair’s repatriation in case of death, illness or injury.

Work duties

The basic idea is that the au pair should take part in the host family's daily chores in the home. These chores may especially include, for example, housework duties, child care and minding animals.

Possible tasks within childcare:
  • help children with morning routines
  • dressing and giving children breakfast
  • accompanying children to kindergarten/school
  • child-minding during the day
  • playing with children
  • reading for children
  • going for a walk with children
  • helping with homework
  • accompanying children to leisure-time activities
  • making food, including children’s dinner
  • bathing and preparing children for bed;
  • putting children to bed
  • clearing up after children (e.g. toys)

Possible tasks in the house:
  • keeping the house tidy
  • cleaning up and keeping the children's rooms clean
  • cleaning up and keeping the au pair's own room clean
  • cleaning up and keeping general areas clean
  • watering plants
  • vacuum-cleaning
  • laundry
  • ironing
  • doing the dishes
  • filling and emptying the dishwasher
  • keeping the kitchen clean
  • mopping/washing the floors
  • small/ daily shopping (other than the weekly grocery shopping)
  • cooking (prepare simple meals)
  • making lunch boxes for children
  • making/changing children’s beds
  • throw out garbage

Help with animals:
  • walk a dog 
  • feeding pets

Tasks which are not suitable for the au pair:
  • washing a car
  • doing the weekly/ "big" wash or spring-cleaning
  • doig weekly grocery shopping
  • changing host parents' beds
  • cleaning after pets that are not house-trained
  • gardening (unless the au pair wishes to do so or the whole family is engaged in communal work)
  • serving at host families parties (unless it is children's parties and host parents are serving as well)


Working conditions

Working hours must normally not exceed five hours per day and 30 hours per week. The au pair is entitled to one day off (24 hours) during each week. At least one such day per month shall be a Sunday. In addition, the au pair shall have at least one fixed afternoon off per week. The au pair shall also be given an opportunity to attend Norwegian language tuition and participate in leisure activities.

Housing

The au pair must be ensured housing (lodging) for the period being applied for. The applicant must live with the host family for the entire period of employment and have his/her own room.

Pocket money

Minimum 5.900 NOK per month (before taxes).

Taxes

Must be paid from the amount of the au pairs pocket money. The tax percentage is estimated by the au pairs monthly salary and the value of food and lodge the au pair receives. The au pair has to be registered with the Tax Office.

Family requirements

The family has to be representative for Norwegian culture. The Norwegian language must be spoken as the main language in everyday life.
A host family may only welcome one au pair at a time. The au pair lives together with the host family and has his/her own room.
The au pair is not allowed to work for any employer but the host family.

Language courses

The au pair has to be given the opportunity to attend Norwegian language courses. The host family has to pay for the au pair to attend Norwegian language tuition with up to 8.850 NOK per year.

Au pair's requirements

The au pair should have experience with children and a basic knowledge of English.

Period of notice

The contract is terminated if one of the parties has given a written notice period of 1 month.

Registration

The au pair has to be registered with the local police office within 7 days after the arrival to Norway in order to receive a final residence permit. About ten days later a residence card will be sent to the au pair by post. A residence card is a plastic card which is the size of a credit card. It is the proof that au pair has a residence permit in Norway.

Social security

The au pair has to be registered with the Social Registration Office in order to obtain a social security number.

Work permit 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the visa application waiting time for Au pair cases has gone up from 4 months to 6 months from the day the au pair hands in the documents to the police, an Embassy, consulate or a Visa application center abroad. The waiting time may change. The changes will apply even to those applications which were submitted earlier. The information on the UDI website is updated once a month. 

Changing a host family

If the au pair wants to change the host family, he/she has to apply for a new work permit.

From 01.01.2020 the au pairs who change host families in Norway can move to a new host family and start performing his/her tasks in the host family as soon as the application on the UDI's Visa Portal is completed, the application fee (8.400 NOK) is paid and time to the police is booked (if the police have available time). The other requirements of the permit must be met.

The receipt from the application portal will be the only practical document, which will prove that the application has been registered. 

The period of time spent with the new host family while the application is being processed is included in the total time of residence as an au pair.

More information about your rights and obligations will be given to you when you are about to make an agreement with a host family.

The au pairs, placed by Energy Au Pair, will receive an "Energy Au Pair Book", where detailed information about the au pair program in Norway will be given.