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How to become an Au Pair in Norway: requirements

Au Pair in Norway requirements
What do the christmas tree in Trafalgar Square and the cheese slicer have in common? Both come from Norway! Would you like to learn more about this mysterious country of mountain trolls and fjords? Then you are in the right place! 
The Au Pair program requirements in Norway are not difficult to fulfil. Moreover, there is no difference for EU and Non-EU citizens, as Norway does not belong to the European Union but to the Schengen area. 
The residence permit or visa to Norway may have different requirements for each nationality, though. provides you with all the details - just keep reading! 

Au Pair program in Norway - requirements for all nationalities

If you still wonder whether or not you can become an Au Pair in Norway, we will provide you with more information! Just have a look if you can say the following things about yourself and therewith fulfil the requirements:
  • My age is between 18 and 30 years 
  • My English or Norwegian skills are quite acceptable
  • I am not married
  • I don’t have children of my own
  • Of course I have experience in child care
  • I'm interested to stay in Norway, learn Norwegian and immerse myself in Scandinavian culture!
Are all the points above just about you? We hope so - then don’t wait any longer and join our community!
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Although the participation requirements are the same for all nationalities, entry requirements may vary depending on your citizenship. If you are from any EU / EEA / EFTA country, just have a look at the next caption. If you are from any other country, check the application process for your country! 

Au Pair in Norway step by step for EU / EFTA / EEA citizens

Find a Norwegian Host Family at
Register at, create an account, add some pictures and voilà! You are ready to look for a perfect Host Family. Send them a message, meet up during a video call and stay in touch! 
Check your documents
Preferably, you should have a valid passport which will last for the whole stay in Norway. Your ID card should be valid as well! 
Sign the contract
Talk to the Host Family during the video call and discuss everything regarding your stay in detail. Before the departure, sign the contract where you need to mention important details of the cooperation. 
You are going to be abroad for a while - take care of an insurance for your whole stay in Norway in case of any unexpected misfortune. 
Enjoy your time abroad! 
Meet new people, enroll in a language course and check how it feels like to live in Norway, one of the happiest, most peaceful countries in the world! 
Keep in mind that you need to get your residence permit within a week after the arrival. 

Au Pair in Norway for citizens of countries outside of EU / EEA / EFTA

If you are from any other country outside of the EU / EEA / EFTA, you need to apply for a residence permit or a visa to Norway. How to handle this case? Let us help you: 
Find a Host Family at
First register and create an account at Look through our Host Families and find a suitable one! Contact the family and arrange the stay together. 
Meet up during a video call
Get to know each other during the skype call. Is it the right family for you to spend the next few months with? Then:
Sign the contract
Discuss the terms of your cooperation in detail and sign the Au Pair contract. It will be necessary during your visa application and will also help you to express your expectations towards the Host Family.
Make sure that your passport is valid
Your passport should be valid during the application and should remain valid during the whole stay! It’s important to check it in advance.
Apply for a residence permit or visa
To become an Au Pair in Norway, you need an Au Pair residence permit. Citizens of some countries can also use a Working Holiday visa to go au pairing in Norway. 
Pack your suitcase and enjoy your time abroad!
Norway is waiting for you - get your luggage, pack all the necessities and book a ticket to Norway.


Au Pair in Norway - after the arrival 

Every Au Pair staying in Norway needs to complete some necessary steps after the arrival:
  • Receive a residence permit
Within 7 days after the arrival the Au Pair needs to contact the local police station in the district where the Host Family lives. There you will have your fingerprints and pictures taken. About 10 days after the appointment you will receive a residence card, sent by mail to your Host Family’s address.
  • Enroll to Social Security System
After visiting the police station you need to go to the Tax-office and enroll to the Social Security System. You will receive an ID number and income tax card. As you will be working in Norway, you need to pay income taxes. The tax authorities will calculate how much taxes you need to pay and the amount must be deducted from your Au Pair salary in Norway by the family. The family should pay the taxes on behalf of you.. Keep in mind that the pocket money should include an additional amount, paid subsequently as an income tax.
  • Tuberculosis test 
Depending on your nationality, you may have to be tested for tuberculosis. Usually nationals of EU / EEA / EFTA countries and USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan don’t have to undergo this test, but all the other Au Pairs will probably have to. The test is free of charge. You should receive a detailed information at the police station, while registering as an Au Pair in Norway. 

What else?

  • The application for your work permit will take some time - usually about 8 - 10 weeks. Make all the required arrangements before going to Norway! 
  • Your work permit may last up to 2 years. 
  • There is a work permit fee you may need to pay (if you are from outside the EEA). The fee is about 3200 NOK and should be paid either at the police station or at the embassy, depending on the way you submit your application.

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