Information for au pairs from the EU

Are you a citizen of an EU or EFTA country? Have you already done the Quick Check? Au pairs from the EU do not need a visa to enter France. However, there are still some formalities which need to be carried out. Please follow our step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Make sure that you have a valid identity card or passport

As an EU citizen, it is sufficient for you to enter France on your valid ID-card or passport. Please make sure that your documents are valid when you leave your country. It can take several weeks until a new ID-card or passport is issued.

If you are not from the EU / EFTA, you need to read our page Information for non-EU citizens.

Step 2: Sign your au pair contract

First you need to agree upon the terms of your contract with your future host family. Then you should sign two copies of the contract and send them to your host family. You will find the official form of the French au pair contract on our page Au pair contract and invitation letter. Make sure that both you and your host family each hold a copy of the au pair contract signed by both of you before you embark on your au pair adventure.

Please note: From 2015, the au pair contract does no longer need to be validated by the DIRECCTE if the au pair originates from an EU member state.

Step 3: Your host family registers you with the URSSAF

Your host family must register you with the local URSSAF (Unions de Recouvrement des cotisations de Sécurité sociale et d'allocations familiales) as a "stagiaire aide familial étranger" within the first 8 days upon your arrival. Furthermore, you will be registered with the insurance CPAM (Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie), who will supply you with your Social Security number. Your host family pays your Social Security contributions.

Useful links and sources: official website providing information on the necessary formalities for au pairs in France
French Foreign Office: visa waiver programme for EU citizens
URSSAF: official website providing information on the status "stagiaire aide familial étranger"

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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