Please check the German version for updated information.
Age: 18 - 25 years old
German level: basic level of German is compulsory. Au pairs cannot have the same mother tongue as their host family.
A host family cannot have the same mother tongue as an au pair. There must always be one parent at home. The only exception is with single parent families.
Children: If you want to register as a host family with AuPairWorld, you will need to have at least one minor child living permanently in your household. The au pair should be required to help take care of your child or children.
A language course: an au pair is obliged to take part in a language course. The confirmation of such a course needs to be submitted to the Immigration Office (Ausländer- und Passamt)
Duration of stay: a residence permit can be issued for a maximum of 12 months. It is not possible to extend it. The minimum stay period is 6 months. Au pairs must apply for a short-term residence permit.
Pocket money and working hours
Au pairs can work 30 hours weekly maximum. Au pairs earn gross 1,835 CHF monthly, but they need to pay 720 CHF for board and lodging.
Board and lodging
The costs of board and lodging are also considered as au pairs' earnings. So 720 CHF will be deducted from au pairs' pocket money.
Au pairs are obliged to attend a German language course. Language courses are paid by the host family.
Social contributions and insurances
Host families are obliged to pay social contributions. They also need to take out accident insurance for an au pair.
Au pair from the EEA and Switzerland:
Au pairs from the EEA and Switzerland don't need a visa. They just need a residence permit. The host family must apply for it at the Immigration Office (Ausländer- und Passamt) no later than 2 weeks before an au pair starts working. They also need to pay around 110-170 CHF for it depending on which country the au pair comes from.
Regulations differ depending on whether the au pair is a citizen from an EEA and Switzerland or non-EU country.
au pair contractconfirmation from a language school
Au pairs from other countries:
Au pairs from other countries need a visa and a residence permit. Au pairs from the USA can apply for a visa at the Liechtenstein embassy in Washington.
Au pairs from other countries need to apply for a visa at the Swiss embassy in their home country. The host family must apply for a residence permit at the Immigration Office (Ausländer- und Passamt) no later than 4 weeks before an au pair starts working. They also need to pay around 110-170 CHF for it depending on the country where an au pair comes from.
au pair contractconfirmation from a language schoolguarantor's declarationwritten guarantee that the family will support the au pair
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.