An au pair is in charge of taking care of the children and lives within the home of the family. The au pair is provided accommodation and meals and a stipend of spending money. The family gains a loving caretaker for their children and an addition to the family.
The au pair system has been steadily gaining in popularity in Scandinavia. One of the reasons for this slow growth is the perception of the North as cold and clinical, and the fact that few foreigners are interested in learning Norwegian. However, becoming an au pair is the perfect way to afford living in this expensive region. However, the red tape for North Americans is still considerable.
To receive the necessary paperwork to au pair, it is expected that the au pair will be learning about Norwegian language and culture. A concrete job offer must have been made to the applicant before he or she applies for a permit, and the permit must be granted prior to entry into Norway. Permits are available for up to two years and does not constitute grounds for a settlement permit.
Aspiring au pairs may hire a company to take care of the legalities. Agencies like Travel Visa Pro can help advise and prepare the paperwork. There are also many agencies that specialize in setting up au pairs.
For more information on visas, consult the UDI au pair site.
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