Check for how long your passport is still valid. The validity of your passport should cover your entire stay in Austria. Should you not have a passport yet, do not forget to apply for one well in advance. The passport application procedure might take up to six months.
The host family needs to notify the Job Service Centre (Arbeitsmarktservice – AMS) in Austria 2 weeks before the au pair placement begins. If you and your host family fulfil all the AMS* requirements, the confirmation of notification will be issued. For this purpose they need:
The host family should get you a confirmation of the insurance stating that you will have insurance coverage (health, accident and liability insurance) upon arrival in your host country.
If you already have insurance in your home country, make sure that its benefits will still be granted in Austria.
Contact the Austrian authorities (embassy or consulate) in your country and take the confirmation of notification with you. The confirmation of notification is a prerequisite for the issuance of the au pair visa and settlement permit.
If you are a non-EU citizen and are aware that you will be spending more than 6 months under temporary employment in Austria, you must apply for a temporary residence permit under 'special employment cases', rather than a Visa. You must apply for the temporary residence permit, and receive confirmation, before you travel to Austria. If you are staying for less than 6 months, a Visa D is sufficient. However, the Visa D cannot be extended.
Other documents you need to supply with your application are:
If necessary, further documents will be requested. The issuing of an entry visa for au pairs coming from Africa and Asia might take up three to four months. The AMS cannot compensate for this period of time by a corresponding extension of the au pair confirmation of notification. Consequently, an au pair placement for twelve months might not be possible.
Please also read the document provided by the Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Soziales und Konsumentenschutz (bmask) on the employment of an au pair from a non-EU state and Croatia.
Should you not be able to fulfil all of the above mentioned prerequisites, you may not become an au pair in Austria.
The confirmation notification is usually valid for six months and can afterwards be extended for another six months.
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