Hosting an Au Pair in Norway
Requirements for Host Families in Norway :
The Host Family must have good knowledge of Norwegian society and speak Norwegian to the Au Pair.
Able to provide an individual bedroom for the Au Pair.
The Host Family must treat the Au Pair like a member of the family .
At least one of the parents in the Host Family must have completed the e-learning course for host families in au pair cases.
Au Pair Permit
Au Pairs from Indonesia must apply and have valid Au Pair Permit to be an Au Pair in Norway. Here is step-by-step to obtain the Permit and necessary preparation :
The Au Pair and the Host Family must have signed UDI's Contract for cultural exchange between au pair and host family.
At least one of the parents in the Host Family must have completed the e-learning course for host families in Au Pair cases.
The Host Family can only have one Au Pair at a time. If the Host Family already has an Au Pair, he or she must have moved out from the Host Family before the new Au Pair can come to Norway.
The Host Family must ensure that the Au Pair take the mandatory tuberculosis test as soon as she/he arrive in Norway.
The Host Family shall cover the necessary travel expenses in connection with the Au Pair's return journey. This does not apply if she/he keep staying in Norway after her/his time as an Au Pair is over or if she/he wants to travel to another country than her/his home country.
The Host Family shall take out insurance for the Au Pair that covers her/his return travel expenses/repatriation if she/he should become ill or injured or if she/he should die.
The rights and obligations of applicants who are granted an Au Pair Permit
The Au Pair cannot enter Norway and start being an Au Pair until she/he has received the permit. This applies even if the Au Pair only want to go on a holiday or get to know the Host Family before the Au Pair placement begins.
The Au Pair can be granted an Au Pair Permit for up to two years, but not for longer than the contract period.
The period that the Au Pair has this permit does not count if she/he later wish to apply for a permanent residence permit.
The Host Family cannot apply for family immigration to come and live with you in Norway.
When the Au Pair is granted a valid residence permit as an Au Pair, she/he is automatically become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance scheme.
Duties and working hours
The Au Pair to carry out lights tasks such as housework, child care and caring for pets (dog, cat etc.).
The working hours must normally not exceed five hours a day, and the maximum number of working hours per week is 30. The Au Pair is entitled to at least one day (24 hours) off per week, and at least one such day per month must be a Sunday. She/he is also entitled to at least one afternoon off per week, on the same day each week.
Norwegian language course
The Au Pair must be given the opportunity to participate in Norwegian language classes and recreational activities, and her/his duties must not prevent her/him from practising her/his religion.
The Host Family shall pay for the Au Pair to attend a Norwegian language course in the amount of at least NOK 8,850 per year.
Board and lodging
The Au Pair must live with the Host Family for the whole of the contract period and have her/his own room in your home. The Au Pair shall have free board and lodging and receive the pocket money.
The Au Pair shall receive pocket money at least NOK 5,900 per month before tax. She/he is also entitled to holiday pay in accordance with the Holidays Act. The Au Pair must pay tax to Norway. Pocket money and free board and lodging are taxed as pay. Contact the Norwegian Tax Administration to obtain a tax deduction card.
Free time & Holidays
The Au Pair are entitled to a total of 25 working days of holiday per calendar year. Even if she/he has not been an Au Pair for the whole calendar year, she/he is entitled to full holidays if she/he started working for your family no later than on 30 September. If she/he start working after 30 September, she/he is entitled to six working days’ holiday. The same rules apply if she/he change host families, as long as she/he get a declaration from your family that she/he has not taken her/his holidays.
In Norway, Au Pairs who have a valid work permit automatically become members of the National Insurance Scheme. Citizens from EU countries and the European Economic Area (EEA), who do not require a residence permit, are also covered by insurance as Au Pairs in Norway.
As a member of the National Insurance Scheme in Norway, the Au Pair pays insurance contributions. The Norwegian Tax Administration determines the amount of tax the Au Pair needs to pay and deducts it from the Au Pair's pocket money.
Other types of insurance
In Norway it is compulsory for Host Families to take out an additional Au Pair Insurance. This insurance is valid for the entire Au Pair stay and covers the cost for the return trip, for instance, if the Au Pair falls ill. As a Host Family, you bear the total cost of this insurance. The insurance only covers your Au Pair and is non-transferable. It remains valid even if your Au Pair decides to change Host Families while staying with you. In this case, you continue to bear the cost for the insurance. According to the law, you may not ask your Au Pair to share the cost. The same applies if your Au Pair cancels the au pair contract for any other reason or if they are not granted a residence permit for Norway.
If you do not ensure that your Au Pair is covered by insurance, you infringe the Au Pair contract. In this case, you must pay for the Au Pair's return trip.
Car driving and driving licence
Clarify with your Au Pair whether it will be necessary to drive and also if the Au Pair feels comfortable driving. Indonesian Au Pairs can apply for the International Driving License in Indonesia and it is valid for driving in most of the countries including Norway.
In Indonesia, the driving lane is on the left side and it would be a great idea if your Au Pair get the chance to practice for couple of days in Norway before they drive in the main road. Also discuss with your Au Pair what will happen in the event of an accident? Who pays for the damage? It is recommended to put this agreement in writing.