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Rules in the Philippines

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is the lead agency responsible for the formulation of policies and implementation of guidelines on the departure of au pairs to Europe. The Bureau of Immigration and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) assist the DFA in the implementation of these guidelines.

The Revised Guidelines for Au Pairs Bound for Norway and Denmark, as of 27 February 2012 is posted on the website of the Philippine Embassy for Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

According to the Guidelines, the au pair scheme is described thus:

Under this scheme, the au pair is placed in an immersion program in cultural and language learning in the specific European country of destination. He/she shall live with the host family at par (au pair) or on an equal basis with the immediate members of the host family, and shall be given pocket money, share in child care, light household chores and responsibilities previously agreed upon in an au pair placement contract between the au pair and the host family.

Au pairs are required to register with the CFO.  After issuance of the visa, the au pair will be asked to attend a country familiarization seminar (CFS) as a form of pre-departure orientation.

The plan is for all incoming au pairs to register at the relevant Philippine Embassy/Consulate upon arrival, for monitoring purposes.

Since 1 March 2012, it is the CFO that has been in charge of registering au pairs and conducting pre-departure seminars. This is in line with the au pair being a seen as “equal to other members of the family in the host country, and they are deployed for cultural exchange to improve their linguistic and cultural knowledge which they can obtain better in the country where they are received.” Previously, au pairs go through seminars with the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, along with other contracted workers.  In contrast, the clientele of the CFO consists of:

  • Filipino permanent migrants or permanent residents abroad
  • Filipinos overseas who have become naturalized citizens of other countries or dual citizens
  • Filipino spouses and other partners of foreign nationals leaving the country
  • Descendants of Filipinos overseas, as defined in Batas Pambansa Blg. 79
  • Filipino youth overseas
  • Exchange Visitor Program participants

Read more about the Pre-departure Country Familiarization Seminar at the CFO website, or download a copy of the flyer.

Babaylan DK is proud to report that founding member Filomenita Høgsholm was among those consulted in the move to transfer monitoring of au pairs to the CFO.  We hope to continue developing good relations with the CFO leadership and staff in Manila.