Before entering Sweden
Step-by-step guide for all au pairs to complete before entering Sweden:
Obtain a health certificate issued no more than 3 months before the date of departure
Provide proof of any previously acquired Swedish language skills, a statement of interest in the Swedish culture (for example certificates from any relevant studies in history or politics), or proof of anticipated benefits from studies in the Swedish language and culture
Enrol in a language course, which should fit around the au pairing schedule. Au pairs from some countries need a certificate of enrolment in order to apply for a residence permit
Draft and sign an au pair contract with between the host family and au pair, specifying details of duties, working hours, pocket money, holiday entitlements, etc.
Check that passport is valid, and will remain valid for the entire duration of the au pair stay
For au pairs who are EU/EFTA citizens and citizens of Nordic countries, completing the above steps is all that is needed to be able to enter Sweden as an au pair.
All au pairs entering Sweden require a work permit which is applied for through their local Swedish Embassy or Consulate General. It costs SEK 1,000, and all the documents listed above will also be needed when applying. Certain waiting times also apply.
Note: If your au pair has worked as an au pair in another country before planning an au pair placement in Sweden, this may reduce their chances of being granted a work permit in Sweden, as the authorities tend then to think that the au pair is principally interested in seeking regular work as a nanny, rather than becoming an au pair for reasons of cultural exchange.
Au pairs staying for less than 3 months and coming from one of these countries require a visa as well as a work permit to enter Sweden. In such cases, the au pair contract serves as an invitation. The application costs 60 Euros. The au pair receives a Residence Permit Card from the Swedish Embassy or Consulate. Fingerprints and a photo will be taken at the Embassy for this purpose.

Dear Partner,
As announced last week, we will now provide you with our data processing agreement (“DPA”). We ask you to provide us a signed copy as soon as possible but latest Thursday, 24th May 2018.
Let me briefly explain the necessity and the urgency of the DPA:
On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect within the European Union. The GDPR will have a major effect on how we must handle personal data, esp. regarding transfer, process, storage and deletion of personal data
The GDPR aims at ensuring a uniform level of data protection for personal data within the EU as well as for personal data that is sent abroad and which is processed for a party in the EU. As we are sending you personal data (names etc.) on a regular basis we are obliged to enter into an agreement with you that safeguards data protection and meet the high standards of the GDPR.
To fulfil all requirements and to maintain legal conformity we have attached our DPA. The DPA will constitute an agreement between you and Active Abroad regarding the handling of personal data. Please note, from the Friday, 25th May 2018, it is mandatory under GDPR that the transfer of our candidate’s personal data is governed by an agreement, such as our DPA. This means, that if we have not received a signed copy of the DPA until 25th May 2018, we unfortunately cannot send you any more candidates. Please note, that your company details as well as signature is required in multiple pages (p. 1 & p. 9)
We value our long-lasting successful cooperation with your company and look forward to us continuing to work together but we do need assurances that your company is working towards full GDPR compliance by the 25th of May this year.
We ask you to treat our data processing agreement (“DPA”) confidential as it is copy righted.
If you have any questions regarding the DPA, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime.
Thank you.


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