Who can you host within your family?
If your au pair is a resident of an EU or EFTA country, they only need a valid passport or identity card to enter your country. They do not need a visa nor a residence permit. EU and EFTA citizens, in effect, benefit from freedom of movement. Despite this, you must go through an agency that is officially recognised by the Netherlands if you wish to employ the young person as an "au pair" as defined in the Dutch legislation. It is also important to sign an official au pair contract with your au pair. If the duration of their stay is longer than three months, your au pair must register at your town hall upon arrival. They will also have to be recorded in the Municipal Personal Records Database, called Gemeentelijke Basisadministratie Persoonsgegevens (GBA) and will receive proof of their registration. The au pair must then present themselves to the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) in order to obtain proof of registration.
Residents of Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia
Residents of Croatia, Romania and Croatia must apply to the IND for proof of legal residence(bewijs van rechtmatig verblijf) in order to stay in the country. However, they do not need a residence permit. The period of transition which applies to Bulgaria and Romania ends on the 1st of January 2014. The end date of the transition period for Croatia has still not been arranged.
Residents of the European Union who wish to work in the Netherlands as an au pair do not have to go through an au pair agency. However, in this case they will not receive au pair status as defined by the Dutch legislation and so are subject to minimum wage requirements and their wages will be considered as a salary. They still will not need a residence permit nor a work permit. For residents of Bulgaria, Romania or Croatia a working permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning) is needed.
Citizens from Canada, Australia or New Zealand can apply for the Working Holiday Programme (Canada) or the Working Holiday Scheme (Australia, New Zealand). These exchange programmes allow them to work in the Netherlands without having to apply for a work permit. The main purpose of their stay should however be to learn more about the Dutch society and culture. Candidates have to apply for a residence permit in the Netherlands. If the application is accepted, a residence permit is granted for 12 months and cannot be extended. A student status is not necessary to take part in these programmes.
If your au pair comes from a non-EU country, you will need a so-called sponsor to go through the administrative steps. Only one of the recognised au pair agencies can submit an application on behalf of the au pair. Therefore, you and your au pair 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 au pair. You will also have to sign a declaration of awareness (bewustverklaring) as well as a sponsor declaration (garantverklaring).
The au pair will need a valid passport to come to the Netherlands and will have to apply for a Provisional Residence Permit (MVV)* and/or a Regular Residence Permit (VVR) in the Netherlands. An MVV is a visa that is issued for a stay longer than three months. Not everyone needs an MVV to enter the Netherlands though. However, this is not required from the residents of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Vatican City, the USA and South Korea.
In order to carry out these steps, the au pair agency will begin a TEV procedure.
The issued residence permit is valid for a maximum of 12 months and cannot be extended.
Besides, your au pair must register with your municipality upon arrival. There, their personal details will be registered in the so-called Municipal Personal Records Database (GBA). They will have to take a certified and translated birth certificate as well as their identity card and/or passport along. They might also be asked to bring along further official documents that need to be certified and translated. We therefore advise you to contact the municipality first to get further information.
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