The Au Pair program in Denmark is the perfect option for families looking for a flexible and affordable child care solution that includes a cultural exchange and gives them the chance to open the door to the whole world for their children. To help families with the process, we have put together this step by step guide.
Can you become a Host Family?
To host an Au Pair in Denmark, families need to meet the following requirements:
At least one child under the age of 16 must be living at home. The child must be registered at the family's address.
Ideally, at least one parent must be a Danish citizen, so the Au Pair has a real chance to learn the Danish language and culture. However, it is also possible to host an Au Pair if the parents are EU/EEA or Swiss citizens residing legally in Denmark.
The family must be able to afford the Au Pair Program expenses (meals, salary, insurance for the Au Pair, etc.).
They need to provide a private room to the participant.
The Host Family should not make their living through social assistance by the state. So at least one of the parents should have an employment.
Host Families must pay DKK 5170 (2017 level) to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.
No bans or penalties during participation in the Au Pair in Denmark in the past for abuse of the Au Pair scheme.
Host Families that fulfil all the requirements above can start looking for their future Au Pair on our website! We will be glad to help you connect.
After registration at AuPair.com and create your profile
. You can do it for free! Remember it is important to include some pictures
and write all the important information, for example, a description of your family and the “Welcome” letter for your Au Pair
When you feel that the profile is ready then it’s time to interact. All our members can send standard messages and add Au Pairs to their list of favorites for free. Host Families can also choose to get our Premium Membership
and send personalized messages. They will also get some additional support for their stay, for example, the contract and our handbook for Host Families.
Hosting EU and Non-EU applicants
Make sure that the candidates you are interested in meet all the requirements to be an Au Pair in Denmark:
Age: 18 to 29 (Canadian Au Pairs may reach the age of 35 - read more about the visa regulations)
The Au Pair has never been married or been in any other registered relationship
No children of his/her own
Knowledge of either Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English or German
The applicant has never had a Danish residence permit before
She/He has not been an Au Pair in Denmark for more than a year before
The candidate is not related to any Host Family members.
All the candidates should have experience in childcare since it is the main responsibility of an Au Pair
during the stay. They should also have interest in the Danish culture and traditions.
Note: Citizens of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea can also participate under the Working Holiday scheme.
Hosting an Au Pair from the European Union and EFTA
If you find a candidate that meets all the requirements and the conversation is going well, you can plan a couple of Skype interviews
and make a decision afterwards. Do not forget to make it official by signing the contract
. Afterwards, you just need to follow these steps:
Ask your Au Pair to request the European Health Insurance Card in his/her residence country. Consider getting an additional health and accident insurance to avoid extra fees or problems.
Register at the State Administration
Citizens of the EU/EEA and Switzerland do not need a visa, residence or work permit. Nevertheless, official regulations establish that they need to register at the State Administration to obtain an EU residence document.
How to hire an Au Pair from a Non-EU country?
Once you’ve found a suitable member, exchanged some messages and had some video calls
you need to make a decision. Afterwards there are just some arrangements to make regarding the visa and residence permit that candidates from countries that are not part of the European Union/EFTA need in order to live the experience in Denmark. Here are the steps to follow:
Sign the Au Pair contract
The applicant and the Host Family must sign the official contract established by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. Find out more information about the contract and insurance in Denmark
Host Families must pay the following insurances for their new member: insurance against industrial injuries, insurance against personal injury outside work and insurance covering transportation to the home country in the case of death, serious illness or injury. Keep in mind that a private health insurance
is the way to prevent any unpleasant surprises and high fees.
In order to get the residence permit, Host Families and Au Pairs have to create a Case Order ID and pay a case processing fee. He/She will need the ID for the application.
After getting the Case Order ID, families can start the application for the residence permit
. This can be filled out online or on a printed form.
Payment to the International Recruitment and Integration
Host Families must pay DKK 5170 to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. This fee covers the Danish state's expenses for Danish language classes for the participant. However, it is not refundable if he/she does not attend Danish language courses or if the contract is terminated in advance.
In Denmark, participants will need to register at the State Administration within the first 14 days of their stay in the country.
Learn more about the Au Pair program in Denmark!