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 a work permit takes approximately 8-10 weeks. 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.

Embassy Fee

When au pair applies for residence permit, she needs to pay fee to the Embassy or Police. Au Pair is responsible for paying this fee. The fee is 3.200 NOK for citizens of countries outside the EEA area.

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 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 pair should get vacation fee.

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.

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 5.600 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 8.400 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

The average processing time for au pair case is 8-10 weeks.

If the au pair wants to change host family, he/she has to apply for a new work permit. Au pairs can perform tasks under the new contract as soon as a complete application for a residence permit has been submitted. The other requirements of the permit must be met.

A permit to work as an au pair may be renewed. 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.

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