How to become an Au Pair in England / UK: requirements
The Au Pair program is a cultural exchange program for young people, who are craving to see the world and find their own way. If you are one of them and would like to become an Au Pair in the United Kingdom, look no further!
In this article, we have gathered all the information you need on how to become an Au Pair in the UK.
*** UPDATE ***
Great Britain is now officially no longer part of the European Union. This has significant implications for the Au Pair programme. According to the website of the British government, there is no current information on an Au Pair visa. Therefore, candidates from the EU can no longer officially enter the UK as Au Pairs. Alternatively, the Host Family can employ the candidate as a domestic worker. However, other requirements, taxes and insurances apply. Please check the British government's website on Employing someone to work in your home and contact the British embassy to find out more.
Did you know that British accents noticeable change within the United Kingdom every 25 miles? Now you do! If you would like to learn more about the British culture and language, ensure you meet the Au Pair UK requirements mentioned below and join the program.
What’s also important is that the Au Pair program is a cultural exchange program for young people, who are craving to see the world and find their own way. It’s expected that the applicant is a young person who hasn’t started a family yet and has no children. They shouldn’t have any chronic or contagious diseases that would be an obstacle in their work. Please note that the current situation and the discussion about the Brexit might have an influence on Au Pairs who want to go to the UK. Please read more about the consequences of Brexit for Au Pairs here.
But what are the exact requirements? Keep reading!
Au Pair in the UK - requirements for EU citizens
Requirements of the Au Pair program in the United Kingdom vary depending on the Au Pair's country of origin. Here you can find the information valid for all the European Union citizens:
Age: 17 - 30 years
Language skills: quite good command of English
You can travel to the UK on your own
If all these points above apply to you, hesitate no longer and become an Au Pair in the UK!
Although the process arrangement may look complicated, once you reach London you won't regret the effort! AuPair.com will guide you step by step through the whole process:
Look for a Host Family on AuPair.com
Read our Au Pair's handbook and learn more about the searching process. If you are already registered with us, make sure that your profile is ready and start messaging your potential Host Families!
Check your passport
Make sure that it's valid at the moment and it will remain remain valid during your whole stay in the United Kingdom!
Sign the contract
The contract will be necessary for your visa application for the UK - and you will need an original to submit in the embassy. Discuss with the Host Family all the details, ask the family to sign it and send it to you.
Submit your visa application
Depending on your nationality, you will need to choose the right visa, allowing you to stay and work in the United Kingdom. AuPair.com provides you with all the details.
Once you know that you are entitled for a visa, you can think of the insurance for the UK. The insurance should cover the whole length of your Au Pair program - make sure to speak with your Host Family about it as well!
Get ready for the travel
Choose the right way of transportation and pay special attention to all the formalities you are going to face during the border control! You will be asked for a visa, ID card and passport for sure - be ready and check twice if they are in your suitcase.
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