Do I need a visa as an au pair?

(Also to be found with keywords Visa and Au pair visa)

Sometimes a visa will be necessary for an au pair to travel to the host country and other times not. For au pairs from the EU going to host countries in the EU no visa is necessary. In many other situations a visa will be required.

A passport with visa stamps

A visa is type of official permission that allows you to enter another country. Who needs a visa and which documents are required when applying for a visa is different from country to country. For EU-based au pairs travelling within the EU, for example, no visa are required.

In which countries do I need a visa as an au pair?

Most au pairs will need to have a visa in the following countries, for example:

  • America (USA)
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Great Britain
  • Japan
  • New Zealand

For au pairs who do not come from an EU country, a visa is required for the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

How do I apply for a visa as an au pair?

Au pairs should apply for the visa at the responsible foreign mission of the intended host country in the au pair's home country or wherever the au pair is presently located.

Often it is possible to make this application in writing, but in some cases one needs to appear in person. In connection with the visa application, the au pair must also submit various documents in addition to the visa application form.

Au pairs should make visa arrangements well in advance because the approval of a visa can take up to several months.

Visa service for host families in Germany

AuPairWorld offers a visa service for host families living in Germany who would like to host an au pair from a non-EU country. With the service, we take care of all the paperwork and details of the visa process. Find out more here: Visa service for host families in Germany.