Duration of the au pair stay

(Also to be found with keywords Duration of stay, Period of stay and Length of stay)

How long will you be allowed to work as an au pair in your host country? It could well be that you'll want to stay forever as soon as you get a taste of the au pair experience. However, as au pair regulations differ from country to country, we would advise you to check the list below for information on the officially allowed duration of stay in your favourite host country. And if the period of stay seems a bit too short to you, you can check for other visa possibilities in our section Info host countries as well. In some cases, different conditions may be available. 

Australia 1 - 6 months (a change of families is possible for a further 6 months)
Austria EU: no restrictions, non-EU: 6 - 12 months max.
Belgium EU: no restrictions, non-EU: 1 - 12 months max.
Canada 1 - 12 months max.
Denmark EU: no restrictions, non - EU: 1 - 12 months, extendable up to 18 months max.
Finland EU: no restrictions, non-EU: 1 - 12 months max.
France 3 - 12 months, extendable up to 24 months max.
Germany EU: no restrictions, non-EU: min. 6 - 12 months max.
Iceland EU: no restrictions, non-EU: 1 - 12 months max.
Ireland EU: no restrictions, non-EU: 1 - 12 months max. or longer with a student visa
Italy EU: no restrictions, non-EU: 1 - 3 months or up to 12 months with a Working Holiday Visa
Liechtenstein 1 - 12 months max.
Luxemburg 1 - 12 months max.
Netherlands 1 - 12 months max.
New Zealand 1 - 12 months max.
Norway EU: no restrictions, non-EU: 1 - 24 months
Spain EU: no restrictions, non-EU: 6 - 12 months max. or longer with a student visa
Sweden EU: no restrictions, non-EU: 1 - 12 months max.
Switzerland EU: 1 - 12 months, extendable up to 24 months max., non-EU: 1 - 12 months max.
United Kingdom EU: no restrictions, non-EU: 1 - 24 months
USA 12 months min., extendable by 6, 9, or 12 months.

 

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