These documents are required for all au pairs before entering Finland:
For au pairs who are EU/EFTA citizens and citizens of Nordic countries, completing the above steps is all you need to do to be able to enter Finland as an au pair.
Before entering Finland a Residence Permit Card (the equivalent of a visa to enter Finland) must be applied for and received through the Finnish Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin. All the documents listed above will be required when applying, plus proof of secure income (i.e., confirmation that as an au pair you will receive 280 Euros monthly pocket money).
A paper application costs 550 Euros, or 350 Euros if done electronically. Discuss with your host family how these costs will be covered. The residence permit is granted for a maximum of one year and cannot be extended.
Under the Working Holiday Maker Programme, au pairs from Australia and New Zealand can apply for a Working Holiday Residence Permit, provided they haven't been granted one before. Au pairs must apply for this before entering Finland. If their application is accepted, it entitles them to stay in Finland for 12-18 months. The application costs 470 Euros (paper), or 400 Euros if done electronically. All the documents listed above will be required, plus proof of secure income (i.e., confirmation that you will receive 280 Euros monthly pocket money as an au pair).
Citizens from EFTA/Nordic Countries and the EU
There is no need to apply for a Residence Permit Card if you are a citizen of one of these countries, as your passport/valid ID grants you access to Finland. However:
- EU & EFTA citizens must register their stay with the local police department within 3 months of arriving in the country
- Citizens of Nordic countries must fill in an “Inter Nordic migration“ form at the local registry office (Maistraatti) if they stay longer than 6 months.
All au pairs - Register in the Population Information System
Upon arrival in Finland all au pairs must register in the Population Information System at their local registery office (Maistraatti) to get an ID number which is required for a variety of situations, such as registering at the tax office, the doctors and opening a bank account. Find the registration form here. (Note: this is different to the biometric residence permit card which is only required for non-EU citizens.)
For au pairs staying 6 months or less
Obtain a Finnish tax-at-source card via a paper application or online.
For au pairs staying in Finland longer than 6 months
You must apply for a Finnish tax card at your Local Registry Office (Maistraatti).
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