Brexit update: For now au pair placements can continue as usual in the UK
Great Britain is leaving the EU. But this will have no immediate effect on au pair stays in the UK at least until 2021.
Finally, it's official: Parliament has voted for a Brexit plan and on January 30 the EU gave its formal approval for Britain to begin its exit from the EU.
But it is important to understand that for au pairs and UK families trying to organise an au pair stay, this has no immediate effect.
Until the January 2023, European-based au pairs can come freely to the UK for an au pair stay. The provisions for this period are outlined in a Policy Paper entitled "No deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens arriving after Brexit", which continues to manage the status for EU citizens in the UK during the transition period until further arrangements are negotiated between the EU and the UK.
Now that Brexit has been decided, it is possible for EU-based au pairs to apply for so-called "European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR) status. The Summary of the Policy Paper states:
"After Brexit, EU citizens who move to the UK will be able to apply for a 36 month temporary immigration status - European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR). Applications to the new Euro TLR scheme will be simple and free and will be made after arrival in the UK. There will be no need for EU citizens travelling to the UK after Brexit to make any special arrangements in advance."
This means that EU citizens have a clear, simple, no-fuss, no-expense way to regulate an au pair stay in the UK for up to 36 months following the UK's official departure from the EU at the end of January 2020. This 36-moth period is considerably longer than au pairs would like to stay, but it gives a clear legal framework for EU au pairs and UK host families to plan au pair stays in the next period.
For the coming months through the end of 2020, there is an even simpler way to manage an au pair stay. The Policy Paper states:
"EU citizens who move to the UK after Brexit and who do not apply for Euro TLR (see above) will need to leave the UK by 31 December 2020 unless they have applied for and obtained a UK immigration status under the UK’s new points-based immigration system."
This gives UK families and EU au pairs a simple way of thinking about au pair stays and planning them through the end of 2020. On this basis, no visa arrangements need to be made for EU nationals currently entering the UK, and EU au pairs and host families can take advantage of the shared benefits of an au pair stay as they always have during this period.
The whole Brexit discussion has no impact for au pairs from non-EU countries or for families that are interested in working together with an au pair from outside the EU. Depending on their country of origin, for these au pairs there are a variety of different ways of coming to the UK. You can find out more about the details of these programs in our information on visas and entry requirements for the UK.
Brexit continues to be something of a never-ending story that has made many people in Britain and around the world both bored and anxious. Now that the decision to leave has been finalised, it is still that the case that the details of the departure have to be negotiated between Great Britain and the EU.
AuPairWorld certainly hopes that these negotiations will ultimately include a simple and permanently valid way for young people from Europe and families from the UK to join forces in the proven win-win exchange of an au pair stay. Of course, AuPairWorld will keep its users posted about new developments as they occur.
For now, though, the good news is that au pairing continues to be a great and entirely feasible option for EU and non-EU young people to spend time in Great Britain. As au pairs they can continue to experience the multiple benefits that come from being in a country with such a rich cultural tradition and an important language that has been a top au pair destination for decades. And UK families also can continue to use the AuPairWorld platform to search for au pairs and enjoy the many benefits that this proven method of cultural exchange and childcare management delivers.