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.
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.
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.
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