Information for the Au-Pair
There is an Au-Pair programme in Germany for young people aged from 18 to 25 years. Au-Pairs from the following countries may even enter into Germany until the age of 30: Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), Finland, France ,Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Sweden as well as from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
Duration of stay:
An Au-Pair may work in Germany 12 months at the most. People who have already worked in Germany as an Au-Pair may not work as an Au-Pair in Germany again, no matter how long their first stay was.
Au-Pairs who are not nationals of an EU country must have basic knowledge of the German language. The German embassies must decide about this. There is no common rule about how much knowledge you need to have to be acknowledged.
What can the family expect of the Au-Pair?
The Au-Pair must bear the travel costs herself/himself. Please make no advance payments. If you as a host family want to bear a part of the costs, please do this after a successful stay of the Au-Pair of at least 50% of the stipulated time.
What can you as an Au-Pair expect of the host family?
The pocket money amounts to at least Euro 260,00 without any further payments towards the Au-Pair, plus a monthly pass for local transportation.
The Au-Pair also gets the pocket money during his or her holidays and in case of illness.
The Au-Pair is entitled to 4 weeks of paid holiday per year.
The host family must pay an Au-Pair insurance (including health insurance, accident insurance and third party liability insurance) for the Au-Pair (the costs amount to approximately Euro 30,- monthly, e.g. see also www.aupair-assekuranz.de).
The Au-Pair is entitled to at least one day off per week; this should be a Sunday at least once per month.
The Au-Pair should have the opportunity of attending a language course. The host family does not need to pay the fees for a language course.
Visa for Au-Pairs
For Au-Pairs from pre-EU enlargement states:
Au-Pairs from the EU countries, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Sweden as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland may enter the country until the age of 30 with a valid passport. They need to be registered at the local residents' registration office and they need a residency permit. A residency permit can be obtained from the alien registration authority. It is a precondition to have at least basic knowledge of the German language.
Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America may enter the Federal Republic of Germany without a visa. If they want to stay in Germany longer than for 3 months, they need to apply for a residency permit at the foreigners' registration office (Ausländeramt).
Au-Pairs may only apply for a residency permit before their 25th birthday.
For Au-Pairs from the new EU states:
Au-Pairs from the new EU countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Malta and Cyprus) do not need a visa any longer. They need a work permit. This permit can be issued for a length of stay of at least 6 months by the German employment office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit). The Au-Pair must have basic knowledge of the German language. With some employment offices they need to take language tests. Au-Pairs may not be older than 24 years when filing the application.
For Au-Pairs from non-EU states:
Au-Pairs from non-EU states need a visa. They may not be older than 24 years when filing the application. The Au-Pair employment according to the Au-Pair agreement may not begin later than 6 months after the application for a visa.
Application form for Au-Pairs
If you are interested in applying for an Au-Pair position with us, please download and fill in this application form .