Citizens of EU member states do not need a visa or work permit for Belgium.
A Working holiday visa is available for citizens of Canada, Australia and New Zealand:
- Have a holiday in Belgium as their primary intention, employment being incidental and accessory.
- Be aged between 18 and 30 years at the time of application.
- Hold a valid passport.
- Possess a valid return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket.
- Have sufficient means, i.e. a minimum of €2,500.
- Be a first time applicant under this Scheme.
- Submit a medical certificate issued by a medical doctor appointed by the Belgian Embassy.
- Produce a document vouching for their good character.
Conditions for the au pair/nanny:
- Be between 18 and 26, with an additional condition that the au pair/nanny receives her work permit before being 26.
- it is forbidden to take any other work in belgium than the one of nanny.
- the nanny must have finished secondary school. in case she applies before
obtaining her diploma, a certificate of the school, stating she finishes her
last year of secondary school is sufficient.
- Have a basic knowledge of the one of the national languages, which means
french, dutch or german. the language she has a basic knowledge of must be the
language she wants to perform. it will also be the language, spoken in the
family. if she speaks some french, she will go to a family where french is
spoken and that will also be the language of the courses she will follow.
- The au pair/nanny must follow language courses regularly. the school where she follows
the language courses must give every 3 months a certificate, proving she
followed the courses.
- The au pair/nanny can not have obtained a work permit of any kind before.
Conditions for the family:
- A family must provide the au pair/nanny with her private bedroom.
- The family must speak the language that the girl wants to perform and correct
her when she makes mistakes.
- Families must take an insurance for the nanny for the whole duration of the
stay. that insurance will cover illness, hospitalisation and accidents.
- The family must give 1 day free/week minimum and 1 full week-end/month.
- The family gives a pocket money of €450/month minimum for a 20 hour week. this pocket money will be put on a bank account, only for the girl. nobody else can touch at that money.
Work permits for au pairs in Belgium
Visa information for Belgium
- the duration of the stay is 12 months
- The au pair/nanny must obtain her work permit while she is in her country. when the
work permit is ready it is sent to the nanny and a few other documents she can
obtain her visa at the embassy.
the ministry advises the work permit will be given within 4 weeks after introduction
of the file.
- If the au pair/nanny is not happy in a family she can only change once to an other
- When she changes to an other family, the duration can never go over 12 months.
if she stayed for 2 months in the 1st family, she can only stay for 10 months in
the second family.
- A temporary residence of 3 months will be issued at the consulate,
which will be extended after registration of the nanny in belgium. he/she has
to register at the belgian community within 8 days of arrival and to apply for a
identity card for foreigner.