Information for au pair applicants


Due to the coronavirus situation, strict rules apply for entering Norway. Many people can still not travel to Norway, which will also affect applicants for au pair permits in Norway.

Published: 12.07.2021

There are different entry rules for people who live in the EU/EEA/Schengen Area or the United Kingdom and for people who live in a country outside this area.

If you are in a country within the EU/EEA/Schengen Area and you have a valid residence permit in the country where you are now

  • If you have applied for an au pair permit in Norway from a green country/area within the EU/EEA/Schengen Area and you still have a valid residence permit in the country where you reside, UDI will process your application now.
  • If you have already been granted an au pair permit in Norway, you can enter Norway if you belong to the people who can enter now according to the entry rules.

If you are in a country within the EU/EEA/Schengen Area and do not have a valid residence permit in the country where you are now

  • If you have applied for an au pair permit in Norway from a country within the EU/EEA/Schengen Area, but your residence permit in that country has expired, then you are not considered a resident of the EU/EEA/Schengen. If you are in this situation, you must most likely travel back to your home country and wait for an answer to your application. However, if you belong to one of the exceptions that can get an entry visa to Norway now, listed further down in this article, you can apply for an entry visa to Norway.
  • If you have already been granted an au pair permit in Norway but have an expired residence permit in the country where you are now, you must, as a general rule, travel back to your home country until Norway allows entry from your country. However, if you belong to one of the exceptions listed below, you can apply for an entry visa to Norway.

If you are exempt from the general rule, you can apply for an entry visa from the EU/EEA/Schengen Area without being a resident

If you have been granted an au pair permit and are in a country within the EU/EEA/Schengen, but your residence permit in that country has expired now, you are not considered a resident of the EU / EEA / Schengen. Then you most likely have to return to your home country.

However, if you belong to one of these exceptions from the general rule, you can apply for an entry visa to Norway:

  • you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or
  • you have recovered from COVID-19 during the last six months

If this applies to you, you can travel to Norway now if you can document this in a verifiable way. Here you will find further information about the exceptions that can enter Norway now and find out how you can provide documentation of your situation upon entry.

If you are among those who can apply for an entry visa

Suppose you have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recovered from COVID-19 during the last six months. In that case, you must upload your COVID-19 certificate to your application.

UDI will process your application and notify the embassy to give you an entry visa to Norway.

Au pairs outside the EU / EEA / Schengen

If you have applied for an au pair permit but cannot enter Norway now because of the strict entry rules, UDI will not process your application now.

We do not know how long this will last and recommend that both applicants and host families follow the information pages about the corona situation. We update the information here when we process applications again.

If you want to withdraw your application

If you no longer wish to have your application processed, you can request that the case be withdrawn by sending a written confirmation. You can upload the confirmation on the UDI's website.

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