So, you live in Denmark and want to host an au pair? What are the requirements for becoming a host family in Denmark? What does the process consist of? In short, how do you become a host family in Denmark?
Requirements for the host family
These are the requirements for becoming a host family in Denmark:
- At least one or more children under the age of 18 live in your home
- At least one parent is a Danish citizen or lived long enough in Denmark
- You meet the minimum income requirements
- You do not receive help from the public assistance funds
- Your au pair should take care of your children and do light housework
Au pairs and Danish host families must sign an officially regulated au pair contract with the specifics of their agreement, such as working hours, schedule, holidays, pocket money, and other rules.
Minimum and maximum stay
Au pairs in Denmark can stay in the country for up to 18 months. Their initial residence permit is valid for one year with the option to extend it with an additional 6 months. Au pairs can come on either the au pair program visa or the working holiday visa depending on their country of origin.
As a host family in Denmark, you will pay your au pair 4,550 Danish Krones (DKK) monthly, which equates to approximately 611 EUR. Au pairs receive their pocket money also during holidays and when they fall ill. Au pairs are subject to taxes on their monthly pocket money.
Au pairs in Denmark should come in with at least some knowledge of either Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, or English. They should also have enough free time to take a Danish language course while au pairing. Host families should pay a one-off payment of 18,000 DKK to support the state’s expenses of offering Danish lessons to au pairs.
Amount of working hours
Au pairs in Denmark can work should work between 18 and 30 hours a week for their host families. Depending on their hours, they should work a maximum of 3 to 5 hours a day accordingly. Au pairs cannot work more than 30 hours a week even for more pocket money.
Days off and holidays
Au pairs in Denmark should have at least 1.5 days off per week and should be off during Danish public holidays so they can experience Danish culture to its fullest. If the au pair is religious, the schedule should allow for them to participate in their religious worship.
Each month, the au pair should accrue holiday days. They are entitled to 2.5 days off monthly for 6 days a week of work or 2.08 days off for 5 days a week of work. They should be paid during their holidays and any holiday days they do not take should be paid back to them at the end of their stay.
Au pair insurance
The host family is responsible for supporting the au pair in case of illness. They should sign the au pair up for health insurance upon their arrival at their local citizen’s service center where they can obtain the au pair’s health card.
Are you ready to become a host family in Denmark?
As discussed, there are a number of conditions that you must meet to host an au pair. You have a lot of responsibility as a host family in Denmark! No worries, we will guide you when you have questions.
If you want to go ahead and look for an au pair, you can register here. We’d love to look for the perfect candidate for your family!