An Au Pair is a young person who comes to live in a foreign country with a host family to learn the language and/or experience a different culture. The word Au Pair means equal. Au Pairs are not employees; they help a family with childcare and light housework. In return for their help Au Pairs receive full board and lodging, their own private room and a fixed amount of pocket money. Next to these conditions Au Pairs should be treated as part of their host family during their stay.

General conditions for the Au Pair

•    Aged between 18 and 31 years old
•    Maximum stay of 1 year
•    Maximum of 30 working hours per week
•    Maximum of 8 working hours per day
•    Maximum of 3 babysit nights a week
•    Minimum of 2 days off a week
•    Minimum of one full weekend off per month
•    2 weeks paid holiday per year (preferably during holiday of the family)

In exchange for her tasks, the Au Pair receives:

•    340 Euros pocket money per month (maximum legal limit)
•    Full Board and lodging
•    An Au Pair insurance + basic health insurance
•    A visa/ residence permit
•    A return ticket to the Netherlands
•    A Dutch language course or other course to the maximum amount of 300 euros

Legal Conditions for the Host Family

•    The family should consist of minimally two persons with enough financial means. The income should be 150% of the gross minimum income
•    For single parents there are other legal conditions
•    The host family must be able to provide the au pair with a room that has sufficient furniture.

Legal Conditions for the Au Pair

•    Legal passport
•    Certified birth certificate
•    Health certificate including a non-pregnant statement
•    Clearance certificate/declaration of good behavior
•    Non marital/ no children statement or declaration*
*HBN keeps this condition, although legally the IND does not set this condition anymore

HBN is authorized sponsor of the IND

In June 2013 the Modern Migration Policy, short MOMI, has come into effect. On the basis of MOMI, au pair agencies become the sponsor of an au pair. This is an important change from the former situation in which the host family used to be the (informal) sponsor.  Host families cannot bring over any Au Pair without the intervention of a recognized agency.

Huisje Boompje Nanny Au pair Services is an authorized sponsor of the IND. Although this gives HBN more rights, it also brings the agency more obligations, responsibilities and therefore more risks. With the new policy the agencies will be checked regularly and if HBN or our host families do not retrain to the law, we risk high fines and withdrawal of our recognition.

In short these duties consists of:
- Administration duty: HBN is legally obliged to administrate all necessary documents of both parties. HBN will treat all personal documents confidential.
- Duty of information: Structural changes (i.e. changes in family dynamics, changes in income, changes in living arrangements, changes in residence status of the au pair etc.) must always be reported to the IND.
- Care duty: HBN needs to always look out for the wellbeing of the Au Pair during her stay.

New procedure:
With the law a shorter procedure is followed, the TEV procedure (Entry & Residence procedure). Visa and residence permit for the Au Pair are applied for at once and the Au Pair can pick up her residence permit shortly after her arrival. The leges will directly be deducted by the IND off the recognized sponsor (HBN) and are part of the HBN fees and expenses.
Au Pairs with a European nationality don’t need an Au Pair visa or residence permit. However the mediation should be done by a recognized Au Pair agency such as HBN on the basis of their recognized Au Pair exchange program.