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How to become an Au Pair in Austria: requirements

The requirements for Au Pairs in Austria depend on their nationality. Au Pairs from outside the EU need to fulfill certain visa requirements. Find out about all the important requirements before your stay in Austria in the article below.
Citizens from EU and non-Eu countries have different requirements. Click these shortcuts to find out what your specific requirements are:
Au Pair in Austria requirements
If you are looking for an abroad program that allows you to immerse about Austrian culture and society and improve your German language skills you are in the right place. Become an Au Pair in Austria and discover this beautiful country and its breathtaking landscapes.

Requirements for EU citizens

Au Pair requirements in Austria depend on your nationality. If you hold a passport of any EU country you will need to meet the following criteria:
  • Age: 17 - 30 years 
  • Language skills: basic German knowledge
  • Clear criminal record
  • No children of your own
If you meet the criteria then you can register as an Au Pair.
 
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Step by step into Austria!

How to become an Au Pair in Austria? It is easy if you follow these steps:

1. Find a Host Family in Austria

Register for free, complete your profile and search for a Host Family at AuPair.com.

2. Sign the contract and get your EHIC ready

Sign the contract with the Host Family and make the proper arrangements to get your European Health Insurance Card. You can also consider some additional insurance to be safe.

3. Organize your trip

Book a flight, pack all you need and get ready for a great time in Austria. Be sure you have your Host Family’s contacts and other details before traveling.


 

Requirements for non-EU citizens

If you are a national of any non European Union country then you need a visa to be an Au Pair in Austria. To apply for a visa for Austria, you will need to fulfil the following criteria: 
  • between 18 - 28 years old
  • basic German language skills (sometimes an A1 certificate is required)
  • Clear criminal record
  • No children of your own
  • signed Au Pair contract
  • health insurance valid for the complete stay in Austria
  • valid passport
  • Able to  cover visa and travel expenses
  • not having been an Au Pair in Austria in the past 5 years

Don't forget to get in contact with the Austrian Embassy in your country to find out the specific requirements and make an appointment online. 

Remember: the visa process can take 4-12 weeks.
 
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Au Pairing in Austria - step by step:

AuPair.com will guide you through the process of becoming an Au Pair in Austria. Just run through these easy steps: 

1. Search for a Host Family at AuPair.com

After registering and completing your profile you can start sending messages to your potential Host Families. Read our Au Pair Wiki and the Au Pair Guidebook to learn more about our search tool.

2. Passport check

Make sure you have a passport valid for your whole stay in Austria.

3. Sign the contract with the Host Family

Your Au Pair contract is necessary for your visa application at the Austrian Embassy. Make sure you read it and agree on the points established on it.

4. Insurance

In order for your visa to be granted, you will need to prove you have a valid insurance that covers the complete length of the stay.

5. Documents

Make sure you get your criminal record and birth certificate. You will need a German or English translation for both documents and legalize them before applying for the visa.

6. Submit your visa application

To be an Au Pair in Austria you require a “Sonderfälle unselbständiger Erwerbstätigkeit” (Special Case of employment) visa. This is also called an Au Pair visa by some embassies.

7. Organize your trip

Book your flight and pack your things for this experience. Remember to keep the important documents (such as passport with visa, the contract and family contact details) with you. It is possible that you have to show them to the officer during passport control.


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