Au Pair


The purpose of the au pair scheme is cultural exchange. As au pairs, young people can improve their language skills and knowledge of Norway and Norwegian society by living with a Norwegian family. In return, the au pair performs services such as light housework and child care for the host family.

Visa Fees

Please Note:

Applicants shall register their applications online using the Application Portal and pay the application fee with a credit/debit card (MasterCard or Visa card). The visa fee will be charged in EUR. Other fees will be charged in NOK.

Application fees applicable as of 1 April 2014:

Family Reunification:

Application for family reunification permit: please visit UDI for family reunification permit visa fee

Work and Study Permits:

Application for work permit: please visit UDI for work permit visa fee

Application for students, researchers with own funds and au-pairs: please visit UDI for students, researchers with own funds and au-pairs visa fee

    The following are exempt from this fee:

  • Children below the age of 18 years.

  • Application from foreign citizens included in the regulations for residence permit in the EEA Agreement or the EFTA Convention, according to the Immigration Regulation §§174-189a, or renewal of such permit.

  • Application for refuge or renewal of permit for foreign citizen that has been granted refuge, or is protected according to the Immigration Act §15, 1.

  • There is no fee for processing appeals.

Logistic Fees

Service Charge for Visa Applications –

Shanghai Visa Application Centre: 180 RMB per person (inclusive of Service Taxes)

Hangzhou Visa Application Centre: 195 RMB per person (inclusive of Service Taxes)

Courier Charge (optional) – 75 RMB per person (inclusive of Service Taxes)

Courier Charge for Mongolian applicants (optional) – 200 RMB per person (inclusive of Service Taxes)

Photography Charge (optional) – 40 RMB per person (inclusive of Service Taxes)

Photocopy Charge (optional) – 1 RMB per page (inclusive of Service Taxes)

Translation Service (optional) – 75 RMB per page (inclusive of Service Taxes)

For Complex Translations –110 RMB per page (inclusive of Service Taxes)

SMS Service (optional): 15 RMB per application (inclusive of Service Taxes)

White & black printing charge (optional)-10RMB per page (inclusive of Service Taxes)

Premium Lounge Service (optional)-350 RMB per application (inclusive of Service Taxes)

Please note: the logistic fees needs to be paid in cash at visa application centre

Documents Required

Who can be granted a residence permit as an au-pair?

Please have a look at UDI's website for more information about how to apply for a residence permit as an au-pair: Click Here

Please be informed that in addition to the documents listed on UDI's website, Chinese applicants also need to enclose a copy of hukou with English translation.

All documents must be translated by a professional translator into English or Norwegian in a separate document.

Photo Specifications

All photos must meet the requirements listed below. If these requirements have not been met, the applicant will have to deliver a new photo that meets the requirements. The photo requirements are the same for children as for adults.

The Photo shall:

  • be in sharp focus, clear and with good contrasts
  • be printed on quality photo paper with high solution
  • be in colours with a light background
  • be 40-50 mm in width
  • maximum 6 months old, resemble the applicant
  • full-face, facing the camera directly, eyes looking straight at the camera
  • show the whole head and the top of the shoulders. The face shall occupy 70-80 % of the picture
  • show open eyes that are clearly visible. Hair shall not cover the eyes

Regarding glasses:

    Glasses are allowed as long as the eyes are clearly visible.

  • the glasses cannot be coloured
  • the rim must not cover any part of the eyes
  • there cannot be reflection in the glasses

Regarding head-dress:

    Religious head-dresses are allowed provided that all details of the face are clearly shown.

  • Chin, forehead and both cheeks shall all be clearly visible
  • Shadows in the face due to the head-dress are not allowed

Processing Time

Please visit website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) for processing time: Click Here

Download Form

Forms listed below must be filled in completely (in English only) and must be signed by the applicant himself/herself.

Visa application form can be downloaded and printed from the link below. Forms are also available at the visa application centre (free of charge).

To Download a Form:

  • Click on the form link
  • When the form opens, save the form on your computer


  • Press the right button on your mouse on the required link.
  • Select Save Target As from the list
  • Save the form on your computer.