In order to obtain a residence permit as an au pair, it is mandatory for the applicant to meet certain conditions:
- This means that the applicant should be able to speak and understand a reasonable level of Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German
- A written contract must be drafted between the host family and the au pair (and the au pair´s parents, if the applicant is under 18). The Danish Immigration Service has drafted a standard contract which must be used.
- As a rule, the au pair´s daily working hours must not exceed 5 hours and the weekly working hours not exceed 30 hours, and the au pair must have at least one day off per week.
- There must be at least one underage child living in the home of the host family, and the au pair must be able to assume a familiar status within the family.
- As a rule, at least one of the parents in the host family must be a Danish citizen.
- An au pair is eligible for a residence permit, but not a work permit, as tasks the au pair undertakes for a host family are not formally regarded as work. An au pair may not seek paid or unpaid work in addition to those tasks set by the host family.
- However, an au pair job is nevertheless regarded as involving an employer/employee relationship, and is therefore subject to Danish labour vacation legislation as well as Danish tax laws. The municipal tax office in the host family´s local municipality can answer any questions regarding taxation. Questions regarding vacation laws should be directed to Feriekontoret (the Vacation Office?), Finsensvej 78, 2000 Frederiksberg, tel. 38 14 84 84 (telephone service hours: Monday-Thursday 12-15, Friday 12-14).
- An au pair is eligible for a residence permit for a maximum of one year at a time, and never longer than the duration of the au pair contract. The residence permit can be extended to a maximum of two years.