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What requirements must comply your family?

General conditions

Au pair

  • The foreign national has a valid passport.
  • The foreign national does not pose a threat to public order or national security. The foreign national has not been convicted for a crime and has not committed any war crimes, acts of terrorism or crimes against humanity.
  • The foreign national must take out healthcare insurance in the Netherlands.
  • The foreign national has not given false information or has withheld important information to support any previous applications.
  • The foreign national must undergo a tuberculosis (TB) test in the Netherlands. The foreign national must undergo this test within 3 months after the residence permit has been issued.
    If necessary, the foreign national must be treated for TB.

If the foreign national comes from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Suriname, Switzerland, the United States of America or an EEA or EU-country, then no TB test will be required.

Specific conditions
Specific conditions for the pair and the host family:

  • At the time of submitting the application for the residence permit, the au pair is at least 18 years of age, but not yet 31.
  • The au pair has not previously held a Dutch residence permit for exchange purposes.
  • The au pair is registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database (GBA) at the same address as the host family.
  • The au pair is staying in a host family consisting of 2 or more persons for whom the au pair has not previously worked (abroad).
  • The au pair will only carry out light domestic duties for a maximum of 8 hours per day and a maximum of 30 hours per week. The au pair will have at least 2 days off per week. The au pair is not allowed to perform activities for persons who require more specialised care, which requires specific skills. These duties are not light domestic duties.
  • The au pair and the host family must draw up and sign a daily schedule for the au pair on which both parties agree.
  • The host family has sufficient long-term means of support for
    the au pair and for their own family.
  • The au pair may not pay more than a maximum amount of €34 to a (Dutch or foreign) mediation agency (au pair agency) or exchange organisation for example as a registration fee and/or a mediation fee and/or a fee for following a course in preparation of the stay in the Netherlands.
    The following costs are not taken into consideration for the amount of €34:
    - Travel expenses (costs for travelling to and from the Netherlands)
    - Visa expenses (including related travel and accommodation expenses)
    - Expenses for the application, translation and legalisation for a birth certificate
  • The au pair is not allowed to pay a sum of money as a security deposit (or bond) to a (Dutch or foreign) mediation agency (au pair agency) or exchange organisation.
  • The au pair is not allowed to conclude a contract with a host family or a (Dutch or foreign) mediation agency (au pair agency) or exchange organisation pursuant to which the au pair is obliged to pay money or a penalty by way of a sanction for failing to comply with one or more provisions of this contract.


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