For au pairs 2021-05-06T11:04:32+00:00

The au pair program is for cultural exchange

The purpose of the au pair-scheme is cultural exchange. Its origin can be traced back to the European au pair-agreement of 1969 in which the movement of adventurous young Europeans crossing borders was regulated. An au pair stays in the home of a host family as part of the family, while primarily learning about the Norwegian ways, language and society, and exchanges cultural knowledge with friends and family. It is important that both au pair and host family recognizes the purpose of the program as cultural exchange. An au pair is not a housemaid nor a nanny. However, you are expected to do some light housework and for this your recieve pay/pocket money.

UDI writes, «As an au pair, you can improve your language skills and learn about Norwegian society by living with a Norwegian family. In return, you will provide services such as light housework and/or child care for the host family.» We recommend you to click on the link and read thouroughly the UDI circular on the au pair-program.

An au pair and the host family must agree on the terms of the au pair-stay in the standardized contract provided by UDI. You can find the contract here. In any case, you cannot work more than 5 hours per day, with a maximum of 30 hours per week. Contact Caritas au pair-senter if you need help with your contract or have other questions.

Who can be an au pair?

  • You are over 18 and have not turned 30 yet.
  • You cannot have children of your own.
  • Cultural exchange should be your main purpose.
  • UDI must find it likely that you will return to your home country when your period as an au pair is over. The conditions your country is in have to indicate that you can return.
  • You have to pay an application fee of 8400 NOK to UDI when you apply for an au pair permit. This does not apply if you are from an EU/EEA country. Click here for more information about the application fee.

Information about your rights and duties as an au pair

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  • Host families can only have one au pair at a time.
  • Your host family must pay for Norwegian courses for you at a cost of at least 8850 kroner per year.
  • You live and dine together with your host family and have your own room in the house/apartment at no cost.
  • It is your host family`s duty to ensure you are treated good and that your dignity is not violated.
  • You receive monthly wages/pocket money of at least 5900 kroner before tax.
  • You have the right to take holiday and receive holiday pay.
  • Your host family should assist you to take tuberculosis test when you arrive in Norway if you come from a high incident country.
  • Your host family must pay for an insurance that covers your return home in the case of serious illness, injury or death.
  • Because the au pair program is about cultural exchange, your work tasks are limited to light housework and taking care of children and pets.
  • Check our brochure (link on this webpage) for examples of light housework.
  • Your work hours should not exceed 5 hours per day and 30 hours per week.
  • You have the right to one day off per week. At least one of these days off during the month must be a Sunday. Every week you must have at least one afternoon off.
  • You cannot work for other employers or other families than your host family.
  • You have the right to participate in Norwegian courses and recreational activities. Your work tasks cannot prevent you from practicing your religion.
  • It is important to have a conversation with your host family to clarify the terms of your au pair stay so that you prevent misunderstandings.
  • As an au pair you have the right to pay/pocket money. You must receive at least 5900 kroner before tax per month.
  • You have the right to free board and lodging.
  • It is the total income of pay/pocket money plus the value of free board and lodging that you pay tax from. The value of board and lodging is per 2020 128 NOK per day. You must contact the tax office to get a tax deduction or tax exemption card.
  • It is your responibility that tax is paid. You should therefore ask the host family of a pay slip.
  • As an au pair you have the right to 25 working days of holiday per calender year. If you start after September 30th, you have the right to 6 working days of holiday.
  • The same rules apply if you change your host family.
  • You have the right to receive holiday pay which is 10,2 % of your pay/pocket money plus value of free board (91 NOK in 2020).

TRAVEL: As an au pair you have the opportunity to live in a new country for two years to learn about a new language and culture.

CHILDCARE: Many au pairs contribute with childcare, but remember that you should not work more than 5 hours a day.

  • An au pair is a member of Norway’s national insurance scheme (folketrygden). This means that you have the right to free health services like other members of society.
  • Dental service in Norway is not covered by the scheme, and can be expensive.
  • You must be tested for tuberculosis when you arrive in Norway if you come from a high incident country. Contact the infection control office (smittevernkontor) in your kommune for this.
  • You have the right to health services if you get pregnant in Norway and pregnancy is not a valid reason for the host family to terminate the contract. However, when you have a child, you will no longer fulfil the requirements of being an au pair.
  • When you return home, your host family must pay for the whole journey.
  • Your host family does not have to pay for travels to other than your home country or if you choose to stay on in Norway on different grounds.
  • Your host family must pay for insurance that covers your return home in the case of serious illness, injury or death.
  • Both you and your host family can terminate the contract with a notice period of at least one month. The termination must be in writing.
  • Your host family cannot dismiss you without reasonable grounds. You have the right to a written explanation in writing.
  • You do not have to give a reason for why you want to end the contract.
  • During the notice period you must be paid and have the right to live with your host family.
  • Both you and your host family can terminate the contract with immediate effect if there is a gross breach of the contract.
  • You and your host family must report to the police or UDI if the contract is terminated before your residence permit expires and you must update UDI with your new address.
  • If your contract is terminated this does not mean that you have to leave Norway immediately. UDI will warn you that they are considering revoking your residence permit, and give you the opportunity to make a statement within 3 weeks. You can also find a new host family and apply for a new permit within this deadline.
  • You can at any time apply to change host family if you have a valid au pair permit. UDI treats this as a renewal application.
  • You can do work for your new host family when you have handed in a complete application to the police.

Important partner organizations

We cooperate with several organizations that you can contact for additional help. Here you will find important partner organizations. Click on the logo to og to the organization’s website. If you come to us for advising we will also be able to help you come into contact with these organizations.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration

UDI is responsible for au pair permits. Check out their website for more information on how to apply.

The Norwegian Tax Administration

As an au pair you must be familiar with the rules for tax and residency in Norway. Visit Skatteetaten’s website for more information.

JURK – Legal aid for women

JURK is run by law students and provides free legal aid to women. More information here.


Jussbuss is run by law students and provides free legal aid. More information here.


Rosa provides help to victims of trafficking. You can contact them 24 a day if you need help.


Contact the shelter closest to you if you have or have been a victim of violence or abuse. You can be anonymous. Find your nearest shelter here.

IOM – voluntary return

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has a voluntary return program that can help irregular migrants wishing to return voluntarily from Norway to their home countries. More information here.

Embassy of the Philippines

If you are an au pair from the Philippines, you may be able to get assistance from the embassy of the Philippines in Oslo.

Energy Au Pair

Au pair agency for au pairs and host families- For more information click here

How can I contact Caritas Au Pair Centre?