Since March of this year, no Au Pairs from third world countries have been able to travel to Norway and it is not yet decided on when they will enter again.
Although Au Pairs only provide childcare support for the family, they are still considered essential in helping the parents manage their work especially during this difficult time. Many Norwegian families have been able to continue working throughout the pandemic with the assistance of their reliable Au pair in looking after their kids. Hence, without Au Pairs, families may face difficulty in juggling time between work and their kids. The entry restriction imposed on au pairs increases the burden on families. Au pairs, especially from third world countries, must be allowed to enter again, even now under the Corona restrictions. Au pair Visas should be issued without major bureaucratic holdbacks.
For many, the time of travel is only possible at a certain phase of life and cannot be postponed even further. Even in this difficult time, young people need the chance to expand their horizon and develop personally.
The Au Pair program is not a work program. It is a cultural exchange program that allows the youth to travel to Norway for a summative period of 2 years to live as part of the Norwegian family, attend classes and be part of the local community. Au pairs are an integral part of our lives and both the Au pair and the host family have benefited from the program for many years.
Many Norwegian families have sought the help of Au pairs in childcare. Please support families who need Au pairs now more than ever.
We humbly ask for your cooperation by signing the petition. The petition demands that Au pairs, especially from third world countries, shall be allowed entry to Norway.
by Ms. Abi (Open borders for Aupairs)