Rules and regulations
Between 18 and 30 years (au pair needs to apply for work permit before she/he turns 30).
The application for a au pair permit takes approximately 4 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.
When au pair applies for residence permit, she needs to pay fee to the Embassy or Police. The fee is 5.300 NOK (2018- and 2019-rate) for citizens of countries outside the EEA area. Au Pair is responsible for paying this fee, but we ask all our host families to cover half of the expenses for application fee.
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.
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 pairs should be accorded to paid vacation.
InsuranceAn 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.
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
- - walk a dog
- - feeding pets
- 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 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.
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.
Minimum 5.900 NOK per month (before 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.
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.
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.
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.
The au pair has to be registered with the Social Registration Office in order to obtain a social security number.
The processing time for au pair case is now 4 months.
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.
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.