Au pair in Finland
Entry regulations for au pairs

Depending on where your future au pair is from, different regulations apply for residing in Finland. Have a look at our step by step guide to see what your au pair will need to do.

Register as a family

Before entering Finland

Ensure your au pair completes the following checklist before leaving their home country:

  • Obtain a health certificate issued no more than 3 months before departure
  • Provide proof of any previously acquired Finnish/Swedish language skills, a statement of interest in the Finnish culture (for example certificates from any relevant studies in history or politics)
  • Enrol on a language course, which should fit around the au pairing schedule, and ensure they receive a certificate of enrolment before leaving their home country
  • Draft and sign an au pair contract with your au pair, including details on duties, working hours, pocket money, holiday entitlements etc.
  • Check that the au pair's passport is valid, and will stay valid for the entire duration of the au pair stay

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.

Non-EU Citizens - Apply for a Residence Permit Card before entering Finland Citizens from Australia and New Zealand - Apply for a Working Holiday Residence Permit

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 in the au pair's country of origin. All the documents mentioned above will be required when applying, plus proof of  secure income (i.e., confirmation that the au pair you will receive 280 Euros monthly pocket money). 

A paper application costs 455 Euros, or 425 Euros if done electronically. Discuss with your au pair how these costs will be covered. It is only granted for one year at most 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, so long as they haven't been granted one before. Au pairs must apply for this before entering Finland and if their application is accepted it entitles them to stay in Finland for 12-18 months. The application costs 455 Euros (paper), or 425 Euros if done electronically, and all the documents specified above will be required, plus proof of secure income (i.e., confirmation that the au pair will receive 280 Euros monthly pocket money).

After entering Finland

Citizens from EFTA/Nordic Countries and the EU
Au pairs who are a citizen in one of these countries do not need to apply for a Residence Permit, as their passport/valid ID grants them 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. 

Register in the Population Information System
Upon arrival in Finland all au pairs must register in the Population Information System at their local register 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. (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
They must apply for a Finnish tax card at the Local Registry Office (Maistraatti).

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