According to the EU treaty, EU citizens are entitled to travel to other EU countries to:
- seek employment
- work without a work permit
- live there for working purposes
- stay there even after their job contract has been terminated
What does 'freedom of movement' mean concretely for au pairs?
If an au pair coming from an EU or EFTA member state wishes to work in another EU or EFTA member state, he or she:
- does not need a visa and
- does not need a work permit
Since Great Britain's official exit from the EU as of 31 January 2020, the right to freedom of movement no longer applies to British nationals in the EU or EU nationals in the UK. Therefore, EU au pairs planning au pair stays in the UK or UK au pairs planning au pair stays in an EU country need to find out about the relevant visa requirements.