Hosting an Au Pair in Sweden is a great opportunity for families to find a member and to bring a new cultural taste in their everyday family life. You will get to know a new culture and you can introduce your culture to someone from a foreign country who wants to improve their language skills. We’ve collected all you need to know about the Au Pair program in this article.
Can you become a Host Family?
With an Au Pair you won’t just find a reliable child care, but also someone who will be a big sister or a big brother for your children and therewith a new member to your family. You will get to know a totally different way of living and you will experience a once in a lifetime adventure with a stranger whom you will know pretty good after living together. If you want to host an Au Pair you have to fulfil specific criteria:
You should have at least one child under the age of 18.
Swedish has to be the spoken language at your place.
The next step after the registration is to create a profile for free. It should contain important information about your family, how you live, how many kids you have and what they like to do in their free time. Uploading photos is also always a plus, since profiles with pictures are far more successful and popular than other profiles.
If you have filled out everything you can browse through Au Pair profiles and contact them with standard messages or add them to your favorites. In case you want to write personal messages and exchange contact details you can get a Premium Membership which will allow you to do all these things. You will also get a contract template and a Host Family handbook in a mail.
If you talk to interesting candidates it is important that you make sure they fulfil the requirements. You need to check that before you start planning the stay.
Hosting EU and Non-EU applicants in Sweden
It is better to rather ask too many questions than not enough. So read the requirements below and see if your applicant meet them:
Is the Au Pair 18 to 30 years old?
Does the applicant have a husband or wife or has ever been married before?
What about own children?
Is her/his reason to stay in Sweden a general interest in the Swedish culture and language that can be proven?
Does the applicant’s nationality differ from your own? The participant’s nationality is not Swedish, isn’t it?
Did the Au Pair save enough money to be able to cover the travel expenses?
Experience in child care is a must if the applicant wants to take part in the program, because the main responsibility will be to take care of the children, bring them to school and social activities, prepare meals for them and clean up their rooms. Do you see how essential experience in this field is?
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Hosting an Au Pair from the European Union and EFTA
Once you have chosen a couple of favorite candidates who meet the demands, you should organize a few video-calls so you can get to know each other better. Then you have to make a decision which one of your favorites will come to Sweden and stay with you. You have to talk about all the details of the stay with the chosen candidate and prepare the contract which needs the signature of both parties. Then there are only a few steps left:
Insurance for the Au Pairs in Sweden
All EU citizens benefit from the services they get with the European Health Insurance Card. They should not forget that the services differ from country to country and that an additional private insurance is indispensable. In Sweden they should register with Försäkringkassan, the social insurance agency to be fully covered. They should still check for a liability and an accident insurance.
Registration and taxes
Each participant of the Au Pair program in Sweden needs to pay taxes on their pocket money and also the lodging and board since they are part of the payment. The participants need to register with the Swedish tax agency Skatteverket after arriving in Sweden. The Au Pair will need her/his ID for that matter. How much taxes the participant has to pay depends on the length of the stay and the amount of the payment.
If you have found some interesting applicants you should talk on Skype with them and get to know them on a personal level. Now comes the hardest part: make the right decision! After you have chosen a young woman or a man to become your live-in child care you need to set up the contract which needs the signature of both parties. Only a few more steps and you can welcome your new family member:
All important details have to be included in the contract. Think about the payment, the working hours and the Au Pair’s free time. Hosts and participant need to sign it.
Support the applicant during the visa/work permit process
The process to get a work permit and visa to Sweden is something new for most of the participants. Therefore we recommend to give your new family member full support during the application. The applicant will definitely need all the important documents just as the contract. Make sure that the Au Pair has everything together.
Prepare for the Au Pair’s arrival
If you want to give your participant a warm welcome, prepare the room in a nice way. Decorate it a little bit, make it cozy. You should also plan the arrival and know when you will have to pick the Au Pair up.
Apply for a resident permit at the Migration Office
If the Au Pair stays in Sweden for more than 3 months he/she has to get an appointment with the local Migration Board Permit Unit. They will take the applicant’s fingerprints and a photo in order to provide the participant with a resident permit card.
Registration at the Tax Office
Then the participant has to get registered with the Swedish tax agency Skatteverket because they have to pay taxes depending on the amount of salary they get.
Au Pair Insurance in Sweden
In Sweden the participants need to register with the social insurance agency Försäkringkassan, to have full health insurance during the stay. They should still check for a liability and an accident insurance to have a safe residence
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