How to host an au pair from the EU

Most au pairs who are citizens of EU member states neither need a residence permit, nor a visa in order to enter France. However, you and your au pair need to take care of certain administrative tasks prior to the au pair's arrival in France.

Register as a family

Step 1: Sign the au pair contract

First you need to come to an agreement on all terms of your au pair contract together with your future au pair. You should then sign two copies of the contract and send them to the au pair. You can 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 au pair each hold a copy of the au pair contract signed by both of you before your au pair's scheduled arrival date.

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.

Your future au pair is not an EU citizen? Then please read our page How to host an au pair from outside the EU.

Step 2: Enrol your au pair in a French course

You should enrol your au pair in a French course for foreign citizens for the entire stay with your family. Do not forget to ask for a confirmation of enrolment.

Step 3: Contact the URSSAF to register your au pair

Within the first 8 days upon their arrival at your home, you need to register your au pair as "stagiaire aide familial étranger" at the URSSAF. This will allow you to pay the employers' contributions and your au pair to receive Social Security benefits. You will find more details concerning this topic on our page The au pair contract, insurance, driving licence etc.

Useful links and sources official site providing information for host families on necessary formalities
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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