If you wish to stay in the Netherlands as an au pair, you will need an agency to carry out the administrive requirements. Only an officially recognised au pair agency of the Netherlands is authorised to set up an application in your name. This is why you should choose on of the agencies with your host family.
Further to this, do not forget to sign your official au pair contract with your host family. Once your application has been accepted, you can reside for a maximum of 12 months as an au pair in the Netherlands.
As a member of the EU, you do not need a residence permit nor a working permit. However, it is still obligatory for you to go through one of the recognised au pair agencies if you want to receive an au pair status as stipulated by Dutch law. This is also the case for residents of Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, even though they are still subject to a transition policy.
Following your arrival in the Netherlands, you must register with the municipality of your host family. There, you will be registered in the Municipal Personal Records Database, called Gemeentelijke Basisadministratie Persoonsgegevens (GBA). You need to have a translated and certified brith certificate as well as your passport and/or identity card. You may be asked for other official documents. We therefore advise you to contact the town hall beforehand in order to obtain more information on this subject.
Bulgarian, Croatian and Romanian residents
Croatian, Bulgarian and Croatian residents must apply to the IND (the immigration office in the Netherlands) for proof of legal residence (bewijs van rechtmatig verblijf) in order to live in the country. However, they do not need a residence permit. The transition period which applies to residents of Bulgaria and Romania, ends on the 1st of January 2014. For Crotian residents, the end date of the transition period has still not been set.
Residents of the EU who wish to work in the Netherlands are not obliged to go through an au pair agency. However, in this case you will not have an au pair status which is defined in the legislations and therefore, minimum wage requirements will apply and your wages will be considered as a salary. Despite this, members of EU countries must not apply for a residence permit nor a work permit. On the other hand, a work permit (tewerkstellingsvergunning) is necessary for Bulgarian, Romanian and Croatian residents.
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