Make sure that you hold a valid passport before planning your trip.
If you wish to reside as an au pair in the Netherlands, you will need an agency to take care of the administrative requirements. Only one of the officially recognised au pair agencies can submit an application on behalf of an au pair. Therefore, you and your host family should first choose one of the officially recognised au pair agencies in the Netherlands.
Besides, do not forget to sign the official au pair contract with your host family. You will also have to sign a declaration of awareness (Bewustverklaring) stating that your stay in the Netherlands is temporary and undergo an examination for tuberculosis in the Netherlands.*
*Citizens of the following countries are exempt from examination:, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Surinam and the U.S.A.
To come to the Netherlands, you will need a so-called Provisional Residence Permit (MVV) and/or a residence permit called verblijfsvergunning or VVR. An MVV is a visa which is issued for a stay longer than 3 months. Citizens of these countries do not need an MVV: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Vatican City, the USA and South Korea.
In order to to carry out these steps, your au pair agency will initiate a TEV procedure.
Once your application has been approved, your au pair agency will inform you that you can collect your MVV at the Dutch embassy or consulate in your own country (country of origin) or country of residence.
In the TEV procedure, the residence permit is issued immediately after your MVV has been granted. Once you arrive in the Netherlands, you can collect your residence permit from the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).
You are authorised to reside as an au pair in the Netherlands for a maximum of 12 months.
Upon arrival in the Netherlands, you must register with the municipality of your host family. There, your personal details will be registered in the so-called Municipal Personal Records Database (GBA). Please note that you will have to take a certified and translated birth certificate with you and your identity card and/or passport. You might be asked to bring along further official documents that might have to be certified and translated. We advise you therefore to first contact the municipality to get further information.
The Working Holiday Programme (for Canada) and the Working Holiday Scheme (for Australia and New Zealand) offer you an interesting alternative that allows you to work as an au pair in the Netherlands. Your family would then be your employer.
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