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Can I Work as an Au Pair in My Country Of Choice?

IMPORTANT (2011): THIS PAGE IS BEING UPDATED. FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO THE OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITE FOR EACH COUNTRY.


DESTINATION COUNTRY

ACCEPT AU PAIRS FROM


Australia

Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, as well as Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA. For more information see Visa Requirements for Australia


Austria

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. In order to come from another country an au pair must obtain a residence permit from the labour authorities. See Visa requirements for Austria for more information


Belgium

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland. In order to come from another country an au pair must receive a D type visa from the Belgian consulate in their country. See Visa requirements for Belgium for more information


Canada

Au pair can come from almost any country, provided that she meets the requirements of the live-in caregiver programme. See Visa requirements for Canada for more information


Denmark

Au pairs can come from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and from any EU country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus (only the Greco-Cypriot territory), the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. See Au Pair Visas Denmark for more information.


France

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia,Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and, under the working holdiay agreement, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Au pairs can come from other countries provided they have a work permit. For more information see Visa requirements for France.


Germany

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Au pairs can come from other countries as long as they meet the requirement to be granted a permit to work in Germany. See Visa requirements for Germany for more information.


Ireland

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Au pairs from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea and the United States can come to Ireland under the Working Holiday scheme. Au pairs can come from other countries if they can obtain a student visa. See Visa requirements for Ireland for more information.


Italy

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. Au pairs from other countries will have to get a long stay visa. For more information see Visa requirements for Italy.


The Netherlands

Au pairs can come to the Netherlands from almost any country provided they meet various requirements. Visa requirements for the Netherlands outlines some of these requirements and lists the requirements for au pairs from different countries.


New Zealand

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay. For more information see Visa requirements for New Zealand.


Norway

Au pairs can come to Norway to work from almost any country however, it is necessary for an au pair to apply for a work permit at the Norwegian embassy of their home country before going to Norway. See Visa requirements for Norway for details on how to apply for a work permit.


Spain

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and, under the working holdiay agreement, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Au pairs can come from other countries provided they have a work permit. For more information see Visa requirements for Spain.


Sweden

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and Australia and New Zealand under the working holiday agreement. Au pairs from other countries require a work permit to work in Sweden. Visa requirements for Sweden provides more information on what au pairs from others countries need.


Switzerland

Au pairs are only admitted to Switzerland if they come from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the USA. See Visa requirements for Switzerland for more information.


United Kingdom

Antiga & Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Botswana, Brunei Darussalem, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Finland, France, The Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, New Guinea, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islans, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Swaziland, Sweden, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanatu, Zambia. Visa Requirements for the UK provides details on visas and permits required for au pairs from each of these countries.


United States

Au pairs from almost all countries can work in the United States it is just necessary for an au pair to be eligible for a J1 visa. See Visa requirements for the US for information on obtaining this visa.





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