Au pair in Austria
How to host an au pair from a non-EU state

Which entry regulations apply to your au pair? Which documents need to be applied for? Here you will find more information about au pair regulations for non-EU citizens in Austria.

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Here we provide you with information on regulations for au pairs from non-EU countries and Croatia. If your au pair is from an EU or EFTA state, please switch to the information page of regulations that apply for au pairs from EU countries.

Au pairs from countries outside the EU need a visa to enter Austria. Croatians and non-EU au pairs should not be older than 28 years when applying.

Step 1: Have your au pair send you the following documents

Ask your au pair to send you the following documents:

  • evidence of his/her language knowledge
  • a signed copy of the au pair contract in which you defined together the most important issues of the au pair placement.

Step 2: Notify the Job Service Centre (AMS)

You need to notify the Job Service Centre (Arbeitsmarktservice, AMS) 2 weeks before the au pair placement begins in the case that your au pair comes from a non-EU country or Croatia. If you and your au pair fulfil all the AMS* requirements, the confirmation of notification will be issued. For this purpose, you need the documents mentioned in Step 1.

The confirmation of notification is usually valid for six months and can afterwards be extended for another six months.

Step 3: Send your au pair the following documents in order to apply for a visa

Here you can find information regarding types of Visas needed for non-EU au pairs to work in Austria, as well as general information on the residence permit.

If your au pair is a non-EU citizen and is aware that they will be spending more than 6 months under temporary employment in Austria, they must apply for a temporary residence permit under 'special employment cases', rather than a Visa. They must apply for the temporary residence permit, and receive confirmation, before they travel to Austria. If they are staying for less than 6 months, a Visa D is sufficient. However, the Visa D cannot be extended.

After you receive the confirmation of notification, you need to get your au pair a confirmation of insurance coverage for their stay in Austria. Send both documents to your au pair so that they can apply for an au pair visa.

The AMS confirmation of notification is a prerequisite for the issuance of the au pair visa and the settlement permit.

Step 4: Register your au pair with the national social security system

Upon arrival of your au pair in Austria, the au pair's employment should be registered with the national social security system. Please contact your regional Gebietskrankenkasse for more information. Read more information on our page: Contract, insurance, driving licence & Co.

*Pre-requisites for acquiring a confirmation of notification (Anzeigebestätigung) for au pairs from the Job Service Centre:

  1. Your au pair is at least 18 and not older than 27 years old.
  2. They have not already been an au pair in Austria for more than one year within the last five years.
  3. Their true intention for residing in Austria is being an au pair. They want to learn more about the Austrian culture and people, as well as improve their linguistic skills with the support of a host family.
  4. They must have a basic knowledge of German and be able to provide evidence of their language skills.
  5. You, as a host family, should have at least one minor child living at home.
  6. The main duties of the au pair should be helping your family with light housework and babysitting.

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 or your au pair not be able to fulfil any of the above mentioned prerequisites, you may not welcome an au pair at your home.

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.

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