Entry regulations for au pairs

Below you will find some detailed information on formalities your au pair will need to take care of when applying for a visa for Canada.

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Despite there being neither an au pair visa for Canada, nor an official au pair programme in Canada, young persons from the following countries may apply for a Working Holiday Maker visa instead and work as au pairs:

Australia, Austria*, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy**, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico***, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine*** and Great Britain.

*Austria: Young people from Austria can also apply for a visa with the Student Work Abroad Programme if they meet all the requirements.

** Italian au pairs may only legally work in Canada during the first six months of their stay.

***Mexico and Ukraine: The Youth Mobility Arrangement between Canada and these two countries is not accepting applicants at the moment. We will keep you updated.

Important information on the visa application process: First of all, applicants are no longer served on an "and-the-winner-is" basis. In general, au pairs need to submit a profile and are placed in a pool together with all other Working Holiday Maker candidates. The profiles will stay in this pool for a year until the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) removes them due to quota reached. CIC will randomly select Working Holiday candidates from the pool and issue them an invitation to apply (ITA). Please keep in mind that completing an online IEC profile and entering the Working Holiday pool does not guarantee that your au pair will obtain the necessary visa. In other words, some candidates may not receive an invitation to apply before the end of the period. 

Does your au pair meet all the requirements to work on a Working Holiday Maker visa in Canada? 

How does an au pair apply for their visa?

Step 1: The au pair needs a valid passport

To apply for a Working Holiday Maker visa, your au pair needs a valid passport. The validity period should cover the entire duration of their stay in Canada.

Step 2: The au pair applies for a Working Holiday Maker visa

The number of visas issued each year is restricted. It is therefore recommended to check in advance if there are any visas available and, if not, when the new programme will start. Please note that the annual number of granted visas is limited. Therefore we recommend your au pair to apply as soon as possible. Find out if there are still rounds of invitations left for your au pair's nationality.

Please consult the following site to find more details on the online visa application.

Should you have any further questions or be unable to find the necessary information on the official pages, please contact a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) centre.

Step 3: Your au pair undergoes a medical examination

Work permits for au pairs (which are issued once their application has been accepted) state that they are not authorised to work in the 3 following fields of occupation: 1) childcare, 2) primary or secondary school teaching, 3) health care. Thus, they need to undergo a medical examination in Canada and have their work permit modified. The au pairs therefore need to contact a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) centre for medical examination forms and further instructions. After having obtained the examination results, the CIC will modify the work permit and remove occupational restrictions.

Step 4: Your au pair applies for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Please help your au pair with her application for the Social Insurance Number (SIN).  He or she will need it in order to work legally in Canada and you will be able to claim the costs on your income tax return only if your au pair has a valid SIN. Please check the detailed information on the Social Insurance Number in Canada.

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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