Preparing everything for your stay abroad can be confusing at times and information about the requirements for the au pair visa can be hard to acquire. Each country has different requirements, depending on the au pair’s citizenship.

The following text will provide you with information about the requirements for the different countries. You can also find more useful information here.

The host family’s local immigration office and the embassies offer valuable visa-related information. The au pair can contact the embassy of the host country for information on the visa regulations. But all embassies have a document prepared for all visa applicants, so you can check if you have all the required documents. T

Below, you can find an overview of the Au Pair visa regulations for the different countries.

 

Country Age Can have children? Can be married? Visa needed No visa needed
Au Pair Visa Requirements by Country
Australia  18-30  No  Yes  1*  –
Austria 18-28 (30)  No  Yes  * EU/EFTA
Belgium  18-26  No  No  * EU/EFTA
Canada  19-29  No  6*  –
China  18-29  No  Yes  *  –
Denmark  17-29  No  No  EU/EFTA
Finland  17-30  No  No  *            –
France  18-26  No  No EU/EFTA
Germany 18-25 (28)  No  Yes  * EU/EFTA
Iceland 18-25  No  No  * EU/EFTA
Ireland  18-30  No  No  2* EU/EFTA
Italy  18-30  No  No  *  EU/EFTA
Japan 18-25 (30)  No  No  10  –
Netherlands  18-30  No  No  *, 7*  EU/EFTA *8
New Zealand  18-30  Yes  Yes  3*  –
Norway  18-30  No  No  *  EU/EFTA
Spain  18-30  Yes  Yes  4*  EU/EFTA
Sweden  18-30  Yes  Yes  *  EU/EFTA
Switzerland  18-25 (30)  No  No   *, 7*  EU/EFTA
Turkey  18-29  Yes  Yes  5*  –
United Kingdom  18-30  No  No  *9  EU/EFTA
USA  18-26  No  No  *, 7*  –


Type of Visa in Every Country

EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia*, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden EFTA countries: Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland


*) AU PAIRS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE ACCEPTED


1*) AUSTRALIA

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) for citizens of: Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan or the United Kingdom Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) for citizens of: Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA


2*) IRELAND

Youth Mobility Visa for citizens of: Australia, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand and Japan Working Holiday Visa for citizens of: USA


3*) NEW ZEALAND

Working Holiday Visa for citizens of: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA and Uruguay


4*) SPAIN

Youth Mobility Scheme Visa for citizens of: Canada Working Holiday Visa for citizens of: New Zealand Student Visa for citizens of other countries


5*) TURKEY

Au Pair Visa (includes Work Permit, a Work Visa, and a Residence Permit) for citizens of: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slokakei, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States


6*) CANADA

Working Holiday / Work and Travel Visa for citizens of: Australia, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Rep. Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine and United Kingdom


7*) LOCAL/NATIONAL AGENCY NEEDED (USA, NETHERLANDS, SWITZERLAND)


8*) NETHERLANDS

No Visa needed for citizens of: EU/EFTA, Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zeeland, South Korea, USA, Vatican City


9*) UNITED KINGDOM

Au Pair Visa / Youth Mobility Scheme for citizens of: EU/EFTA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Monaco, Taiwan, Korea, Croatia


10*) JAPAN

Working Holiday Visa in Japan for citizens of: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Korea, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark and Norway and for residents of Taiwan and Hong Kong

The visa requirements vary from country to country and depend on the au pair’s citizenship. Au Pair and family should know the requirements of their countries. Both should check out the visa details in advance, so that they have enough time to take necessary actions.

The host family’s local immigration office generally offers valuable information and is worth checking out. The au pair can contact the embassy of the host country for information on au pair visa regulations for the respective country.

 

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