Adolescent au pairs - Conditions

The conditions with which the au pair must comply

  1. Must be at least eighteen years and not yet twenty-six years old on the date of issue of the employment permit and work permit;
  2. Must undertake not to pursue gainful employment in Belgium during the au-pair placement;
  3. Must possess a document showing that he is entitled to pursue higher education in the country of origin or must provide proof that he has attended school at least up to the age of 17;
  4. Must have a basic knowledge of the language of the host family or undertake to acquire this basic knowledge immediately after arrival in Belgium by following an intensive language course;
  5. Must, during the au pair placement, follow courses in an approved establishment, approved or subsidised by one of the Communities or specified by the Regional Minister responsible for employment and which teaches the Regional language or languages, by submitting documentary evidence every three months showing that he/she regularly attends those lessons;
  6. Has not yet obtained a work permit in Belgium on whatever basis, except in the case specified in Art. 28, 4°.

 

The conditions with which the host family must comply:

  1. Must have among its members at least one child not yet 13 years old at the beginning of the period of residence of the adolescent au pair;
  2. Must prove that [child-]care was provided for during the day for the children under the age of six, for the period corresponding to the maximum duration of the stay of the adolescent au pair or for the period until the youngest child reaches the age of six;
  3. An extract from the court records for all its members who are adults at the beginning of the stay of the adolescent au pair;
  4. Proof that the adolescent au pair is being paid a fixed monthly amount of at least €450 by transfer to his/her bank account as pocket money, irrespective of any periods of inactivity of the adolescent au pair;
  5. Proof that a supplementary insurance policy has been taken out in favour of the adolescent au pair for the purpose of covering the risks relating to the medical, pharmaceutical and hospital expenses in case of sickness or accident;
  6. The adolescent au pair must have a personal room available to him and the freedom of access to the home;
  7. The adolescent au pair must be given at least one full free day per week and every possibility to take part in the exercise of his religion or of his philosophy of life/belief system;
  8. The family must undertake to have insurance for any premature repatriation of the adolescent au pair caused by illness or accident and undertake to pay the costs that may ensue for the State from the stay of the adolescent au pair or his/her repatriation;
  9. The family must agree to grant access to the home for the supervisory officials;
  10. The family is not in possession of a valid employment permit for another adolescent au pair.

 

Conditions with which placement must comply:

  1. Participation of the adolescent au pair in the daily tasks, babysitting included, may not be more than four hours per day and twenty hours per week - they should therefore not be the main purpose of the stay;
  2. The period of validity of the employment permit and of the work permit for the adolescent au pair may not exceed one year;
  3. The employment permit and work permit in respect of the adolescent au pair may be renewed once only so long as the placement period does not exceed a full year;
  4. A change of host family is possible only once on condition that the total duration of the placement of the adolescent au pair does not exceed one full year and if all the other conditions for granting the employment permit and work permit intended in this section are also satisfied;
  5. In the event of non-compliance with the conditions, the adolescent au pair will be considered to have been recruited by the host family with an employment contract for domestic service, as intended in Article 5 of the law of 3 July 1978 on employment contracts.