Au pairs from non-EU countries need a visa to enter Austria. The maximum age when applying for a visa as an au pair is 27.
Step 1: A valid passport is required
Au pairs should make sure that they have a valid passport. If the au pair doesn't have a passport, sufficient time for obtaining the passport needs to be planned. Applying for a passport can take several months.
Step 2: Register the au pair at the Austrian employment office
Two weeks before the au pair stay begins, the host family must contact the Arbeitsmarktservice - AMS (the Austrian employment office). To complete this registration, the host family needs the following documents:
- Proof of the German language skills of the au pair
- A signed copy of the au pair contract in which the most important points of the au pair stay are specified
When both the au pair and the family fulfil the requirements of the AMS, then the application confirmation will be issued. This confirmation is typically valid for six months and can then be extended for an additional six months.
Basic requirements from the AMS for confirming the au pair application:
- The applicant is at least 18 years old and not older than 27.
- The applicant has not been an au pair in Austria in the last five years.
- The main purpose of the stay in Austria is to experience life in Austria as an au pair. The au pair would like to learn more about the Austrian culture and people as well as improve her or his language skills with the help of the host family.
- The au pair has a basic knowledge of German and can prove this.
- At least one child under the age of 18 lives in the household.
- The duties of the au pair consist mainly of childcare and in some light housework.
The following German language information sheet from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection could also be helpful: Informationen zur Beschäftigung eines Au-pairs aus einem Nicht-EU-Staat und Kroatien.
Step 3: Apply for visa
As soon as the application confirmation from the AMS has been received, the au pair can apply for a visa at the Austrian embassy or consulate using this German form. The application confirmation from the AMS serves as the basis for the issuing of the au pair visa and the residence permit.
For the visa application, the au pair must include the following documents in original and copy:
- The residence permit application
- A valid travel document
- A birth certificate or equivalent document
- A current passport photo
- A current police clearance check or equivalent document
- Proof of health insurance that covers the entire au pair stay
- The au pair contract
- Application confirmation from the AMS
In some cases, further documents may be required. Foreign documents must be provided with a certified German translation. For details inquire at the responsible embassy or consulate.
The issuing of visas for au pairs from Africa and Asia can take up to four months. The AMS cannot compensate for this waiting period with a corresponding extension of the application confirmation. As a result, an au pair stay of twelve months is probably not possible.
If the au pair is currently living in another country than their own, then the residence permit can be applied for at the Austrian embassy in this country.
When the Austrian officials approve the application, the embassy informs the au pair and issues a visa for entry if such a visa is required. The au pair can then enter the country and receive the residence permit in Austria from the officials there.
For au pairs who can enter Austria without a visa, the application for the residence permit can be made directly in Austria. All other persons must apply before entering the country.
Here is additional visa information for au pairs from non-EU countries from the website of the Austrian government on the residence permit that is provided only in German.
Step 4: Registration of the au pair in the Austrian social insurance system
As soon as au pairs arrive in Austria, they should be registered in the public social insurance system.