Au Pair Guidelines

IMPORTANT: Beginning 22 September 2020, the Embassy will attest only au pair contracts for Norway and Iceland that have been evaluated first by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. Please email your complete requirements for au pair contract attestation to CFO at jaoaing@yahoo.com for their evaluation. CFO will notify the Embassy once your application has been approved.

Note: No appointment is needed to have au pair contracts processed at the Embassy. Kindly note that processing hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays except holidays.

IMPORTANT: The replacement of the authentication system with Apostille does NOT apply to Norwegian au pair contracts. The process applied to such contracts by the Embassy is attestation, not authentication. Therefore, such contracts will still need to be processed by the Philippine Embassy, and should NOT be Apostillized.

Below are the guidelines for Au Pairs Bound for Norway, effective 01 April 2019.

Definition of Terms

  • Au Pair – The term used to describe a young Filipino citizen, between 18 and 30 years of age, unmarried and without any children, placed under a cultural exchange arrangements with a Norwegian host family for a maximum stay of two (2) years permitted by Norway’s immigration authorities.
  • Au Pair scheme – Under this scheme, the au pair is placed in immersion program in cultural and language learning in Norway. He/She shall live with the host family at par (au pair) or on an equal basis with the immediate members of the host family, shall be given pocket money, share in child care, light household chores and responsibilities previously agreed upon in an au pair placement contract between the au pair and host family. As of 01 April 2019, per the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), the following are the amounts for the language learning tuition and pocket money:
    Tuition for Language Learning: NOK 8,850 per year
    Pocket Money: NOK 5,900 per month
  • Host Family – shall refer to the family that the au pair will be living with for the duration of the au pair placement. The UDI does not allow the au pair to work for other employers or other families.

Requirements for Au Pair Contract Attestation

  1. Original Course Certificate awarded by the UDI to the host parents of the au pair - original and one (1) photocopy. The host parent earns this Course certificate form the E-learning course mandated by the UDI. See the UDI link here: https://www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/e-learning-course-for-host-parents-in-au-pair-cases/. The UDI has mandated the validity for 18 months from the date the Certificate is awarded. In addition, an au pair permit has a maximum stay of 24 months
  2. Original Norway UDI Standard Contract, filled out and signed by host family - original and one (1) photocopy
  • In Item No. 20 of the UDI contract, the host family needs to write the following information and then affix their signatures in order to confirm it: “The host family will pay all travel related expenses for the au pair to come to Norway. The au pair is not required to repay these expenses.”
  • In Item No. 10 of the UDI contract, the host family must use the English Language to describe tasks and working hours. Task descriptions must be detailed (not general) and must involve light housework and childcare only. For a list of allowable tasks, please refer to the following link: https://caritas.no/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Brochure-for-host-families-English-low-resolution.pdf
  1. Passports of au pair, host mother, and host father - two (2) photocopies of each passport's data page (page showing photo and complete name)
  2. Payment of fees
  3. Self-addressed, self-stamped envelope from Posten Norway or printout of waybill from courier (if choosing to have the attested contract mailed when ready; for recommended envelopes and sizes from Posten Norway, please click here)

The host family sends the attested document to the au pair in the Philippines. The Embassy does not send attested contracts directly to au pairs in the Philippines. After the au pair receives the attested documents from the host family in Norway, the au pair brings the attested documents to the Norwegian Embassy in Makati to apply for the au pair visa. After the au pair visa is granted, the au pair brings the attested document, her passport and visa to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) to attend a Country Familiarization Seminar (CFS). Proof of attendance is indicated by the CFS sticker issued by the CFO and affixed to the au pair's passport

If applying by post, please send all of the above requirements, including proof of payment of the required fees to the Embassy's bank account, to the Embassy's mailing address:

P.O. Box 1758 VIKA, N-0122 Oslo, Norway

Processing time for all contracts is three (3) working days upon receipt of complete documents and payment.

Presentation of the official receipt issued by the Embassy is required if claiming your document in person at the Embassy.

Requirements for Attestation of Icelandic Au Pair Contracts

1. S-801 Au pair samningur/Au pair agreement notarized and Apostillized by the appropriate authority in Iceland (the contract will still need to be attested by the Embassy) - original and one (1) photocopy

  • In Item III.1 of the S-801 Au pair samningur/Au pair agreement, the host family must use the English Language to describe tasks and working hours. Task descriptions must be detailed (not general) and must only involve the household duties prescribed in the S-801 Au pair samningur/Au pair agreement.
  • In Item IV.1 of the S-801 Au pair samningur/Au pair agreement, the host family needs to write the following information and then affix their signatures in order to confirm it: “The host family will pay all travel related expenses for the au pair to come to Iceland. The au pair is not required to repay these expenses.”

2. Approved work permit or visa - two (2) photocopies

3. Passports of au pair, host mother, and host father - two (2) photocopies of each passport's data page (page showing photo and complete name)

4. Payment of Fees

5. Self-addressed, self-stamped envelope from Posten Norway or printout of waybill from courier (if choosing to have the attested contract mailed when ready; for recommended envelopes and sizes from Posten Norway, please click here)

Note: Au Pair Contract and the approved work permit are bound together.

If applying by post, please send all of the above requirements, including proof of payment of the required fees to the Embassy's bank account, to the Embassy's mailing address:

P.O. Box 1758 VIKA, N-0122 Oslo, Norway

Other Useful Information

NOTE: Please do NOT send any document for attestation to the offices below.

Caritas Norway's Au Pair Center 

Address: Storgata 38, Oslo (entrance from Hausmannsgate)
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 -16:00 ; Thursday 17:00-20:00  
Email: aupair@caritas.no
website: www.caritas.no

Norwegian Embassy in Manila
http://norway.ph/

Norwegian Immigration Directorate
http://www.udi.no/en/want-to-apply/au-pair/au-pair-permit/?c=phl

Commission on Filipinos Overseas Information on CFS
As of 1 March 2012, CFS for Europe bound Au Pair is conducted only In Manila at:
Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue
corner Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway)
Manila, Philippines 1007
Tel. No.: (02) 552-4700
Fax No.: (02) 561-8332
E-mail: info@cfo.gov.ph (link sends e-mail)
Website: www.cfo.gov.ph (link is external)
http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1612

For CFO's Guidelines on the Country Familiarization Seminar
http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1646

For Country Familiarization Flyer
http://www.cfo.gov.ph/images/stories/pdf/aupairflyer.pdf