Au Pair


Who is eligible for a residence permit as an au pair?

  • In order to be granted a residence permit as an au pair these conditions apply:
  • You must be above the age of 18 years and not have reached the age of 30.
  • If you have children of your own you will, as a main rule, not be able to get a residence permit as an au pair.
  • It must be probable that you will return to your home country at the end of your stay in Norway, and the circumstances in your home country must also indicate that you will be able to return.

Requirements concerning the host family

  • The host family can be a married couple, partners or cohabitants with or without children, or a single parent with children.
  • The host family must have sound knowledge of Norwegian society and speak Norwegian with the au pair.
  • If one of the host parents is of the same nationality as you are, he or she must have lived in Norway for a minimum of 10 years.
  • The host family can only have one au pair at a time.
  • The host family must treat the au pair like a member of the family.

You cannot be a host family if you are:

  • Single without children
  • A member of the au pair's own family, in direct line of ascent or descent, or the au pair’s sibling, cousin, brother or sister-in-law, uncle or aunt.

Visa Fees

Please click here to view the Visa fees

Please Note:

There is a service charge applicable per application over and above the visa fees for all applicants.

VFS service fee must be paid via M-pesa at Visa Application Centre after completion of documents checks by the VFS Counter Staff.

Visa Application Centre offers an optional service at a nominal additional cost. Please see more detail from Additional Services tab.

Documents Required

Please click here to view the list of documents you need to submit at the Visa Application Centre

Photo Specifications


  • The photograph for each visa applicant must be an un-mounted, full face photo, as described below
  • The photograph must have been taken within the last six months.
  • One photograph must be submitted. The photograph should be glued to the application form

Photo Size

The photo for each visa applicant submitted must measure:

  • 35 mm x 45 mm with the head centered in the frame.
  • The head (measured from the top of the hair to the bottom of the chin) should measure about 3 mm

Photo Appearance

  • The photograph must be a full-face front view in which the visa applicant is facing the camera directly.
  • The face should cover about 70-80 percent of the photo area.
  • The photograph MUST be in color and have only a white background. Photos with dark, busy, or patterned backgrounds will not be accepted.
  • In general, the applicant's head, including both face and hair, should be shown from the crown of the head to the tip of the chin on top and bottom and from hairline side-to-side. It is preferable that ears be exposed
  • Sunglasses or other wear, which detracts from the face, are not acceptable unless required for medical reasons (an eye patch, for example).
  • A photograph depicting a person wearing a traditional facemask or veil that does not permit adequate identification is not acceptable.

Note: Please follow these instructions carefully. If photographs presented do not meet these requirements your application will be considered incomplete

Processing Time

The processing at the Embassy of Norway normally takes 15 days, but may in some cases take longer.

Download Form

If you wish to apply for a residence permit to Norway, you can download the requisite Visa Application Form from the below given link.

Application Portal:

The Embassy: and


  • Number of pages: 10
  • The form must be printed back-to-back
  • You can also obtain this form from the visa centers.

To Download a Form:

  1. Click on the form link
  2. When the form opens, save the form on your computer.


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