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.
Ask your au pair to send you the following documents:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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