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Au Pair in England / UK: visa information

Depending on where the Au Pair is from, they might need a visa to work in the United Kingdom. Participants from outside of the EU or EFTA states will need to apply for a visa.
Most of the Au Pairs need one of these visas: Which visa the Au Pair needs depends on their nationality. For more information read the article below.
Au Pair visa UK
Participants from countries not belonging to the EU or EFTA need to apply for a visa to participate in the Au Pair program in the UK. In most cases, the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme or Tier 4 (General) Student Visa will be a perfect solution.

Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme

The Scheme allows young people, aged 18 - 30, to stay and work in the United Kingdom for a predefined period of time.

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme applies to applicants from the following countries:

Australia Canada Hong Kong
Japan Monaco New Zealand
Republic of Korea Taiwan British overseas territories

To stay in the United Kingdom under the Scheme, the Au Pair has to prove that they have enough savings - at least 1 890 GBP.

In case of applicants from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Republic of Korea, the government will be the sponsor during the whole stay in the UK. The number of places for both visa and sponsorship certificates is limited. Moreover, the visa application has to be submitted up to 3 months after receiving the sponsorship certificate.
 

Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme - visa application

1
The passport 
The Au Pair needs to have a valid passport before the application.
 
2
The contract
The Au Pair will have to give the original signed Au Pair contract to the embassy along with the visa application.
 
3
The visa application
The Au Pair is in charge of the visa application - but it is possible to submit the application online. The Au Pair has to submit several documents to the British embassy or consulate along with the Au Pair contract:
  • a valid passport 
  • a photograph meeting the Scheme requirements
  • a bank confirmation of the necessary savings
  • optionally, a results of your tuberculosis (TB) test
All the files have to be in English or the certified translation has to be submitted along with the original file.
 
AuPair.com recommends the Au Pair to contact the embassy or the consulate and discuss all the details with the authorities before the application.  
 

What else?

  • The visa is usually valid for 24 months - during this period of time the Au Pair can leave and re-enter the United Kingdom.
  • The work permit received along with the visa under the Scheme is also valid 24 months.
  • The visa allows the Au Pair to work part time, but immigration officials can refuse the entry if the applicant intends to work full time. 

Tier 4 (General) Student Visa

To apply for the Tier 4 Student visa, the applicant needs to fulfil the following requirements:
  • 16 years old or older (but to become an Au Pair in the UK: at least 18)
  • received an offer to enroll in a course in the United Kingdom
  • good English language skills
  • enough savings to pay for the course - the exact amount varies depending on the course

The course

To get a visa under this scheme, the Au Pair needs to enroll in a course that’s one of the following:
  • Full-time and giving a qualification that’s at least level 6
  • Full-time, with at least 15 hours per week of daytime study and leading to qualification that’s at least level 3
  • Overseas, equal to UK higher education course and being run by an overseas institution
You can find detailed information about the course on the official website of immigration authorities

Tier 4 (General) Student Visa application

The Au Pair needs to apply for a visa up to 3 months before the start date of the course. The cost of the visa application is roughly 328 GBP (+ healthcare surcharge) and the applicant will receive a decision within 3 weeks. 
 
How long the visa allows the Au Pair to stay depends on the kind of the course. The applicant can arrive to the United Kingdom:
  • One week before the start date of the course, if the course lasts 6 months or less
  • One month before the start date of the course, if the course lasts more than 6 months
The Au Pair can extend the stay when they enroll in a course.
 

What else?

  • Under this scheme, the applicant can both study and work in the United Kingdom as long as the visa requirements remain fulfilled 
  • You can submit the application from inside or outside the UK
  • The visa can be easily extended


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