The requirements for the Au Pair program in Finland vary depending on the nationality. If you are from outside the EU, you need to apply for a residence permit card in order to stay in Finland. Find out exactly what kind of requirements you need to fulfill, we gathered all the information for EU and Non-EU citizens in this article.
Have you ever dreamt to see the northern lights? Finland is a great destination for that, since the Aurora Borealis can appear on 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. If you would like to discover the Finnish culture, the untouched beauty of wild nature and learn the local language, check out the Au Pair requirements in Finland and join the Au Pair program.
Au Pair in Finland requirements for EU citizens
In this section we have gathered the key participation criteria for European Union citizens:
Age: 17 - 30 years old
Language skills: basic knowledge of Finnish or Swedish
You are not related to your Host Family
You are not a Finnish citizen
You haven’t been an Au Pair in Finland or in any other country before
Mention all the important details of the cooperation in the contract and sign it with your Host Family.
Get a health certificate and insurance
You will need to have a clear health certificate obtained during the last 3 months and insurance. If you already have your EHIC, consider taking some additional insurance in Finland.
Organize your trip to Finland!
You don't need any visa to enter Finland, but check out our packing list to help you with the preparations. Don’t forget to take some proof of your Finnish or Swedish language knowledge with you and book the ticket.
After the arrival in Finland, you don’t need to apply for a residence permit; however you need to register your stay at the local police departments within 3 months after your arrival. If you are a citizen of a Nordic country, you will need to fill out a Nordic migration form at the local office.
To make the application process easier for you, we have put up a step by step guide to become an Au Pair in Finland:
Search a Host Family at AuPair.com
After the free registration, create your profile and start getting in touch with the families matching your search criteria! Look through our Au Pair Wiki to learn everything you need to know about the program.
Check the passport
You need to ensure that your passport is valid for the whole duration of your Au Pair stay in Finland.
Sign the Au Pair contract
Talk with your future Host Family about the details of the cooperation (e.g. working hours, like holidays and pocket money). After you have discussed all the terms, have the family send you the original contract and sign it too. You will need it for your visa application.
Get a health certificate and insurance
You will need to get a health certificate that proves that you are medically fit. It should be taken not later than 3 months before crossing the Finnish border. The insurance in Finland has to cover the whole length of your Au Pair program. Discuss this matter with your Host Family.
If you are a citizen of Australia and New Zealand you will need to apply for a Working Holiday residence permit. All other Non-EU citizens will need a Residence Permit Card from the Finnish consulate.
Prepare for your journey
Ensure your suitcase is packed and that you are set for the trip. Besides all other documents, don’t forget to take a proof of studying the Finnish or Swedish language with you.
Legal formalities after arrival
After your arrival in Finland, you need to register at the Population Information System at the local office (Maistraatti). You will need to do this to get an ID number. With the ID you will be able to open a bank account, apply for a Finnish tax card and have many other benefits.
Remember, if you plan to stay less than 6 months, you will need a Finnish tax-at-source card. In case of a longer stay, you will need to apply for a proper tax card at your local registry office (Maistraatti).