In order to become an Au Pair in Finland, the Au Pair has to apply for a residence permit.
The residence permit allows the applicant to enter Finland legally. Find out how to fill in and submit the application for the residence permit in this article.
How to fill in the residence permit application to Finland?
The Au Pair needs to choose one of the application forms (either on paper or electronic) and fill it out. You will have to attach several appendixes to the application.
List of documents for residence permit from the Au Pair’s side:
A passport photo
The Au Pair contract, describing the terms of the cooperation with the Host Family
Any certificate/clarification proving the Au Pair’s interest in Finnish culture and Finnish or Swedish language
Evidence of a clear criminal record
A health certificate, proving that the applicant doesn’t have any serious contagious diseases
Any reference letters proving the applicant’s experience in childcare
An account of the participant’s previous studies and language skills
List of documents for residence permit from the Host Family’s side:
A statement, explaining where and when the participant will attend the language course and who will cover its costs
A statement clarifying which health insurance the family is going to obtain for the Au Pair and what kind of service it will cover
The daily schedule of the participant - when a family needs her/his assistance and how the daily routine of the family’s children looks like.
The applicant has to fill out the application in Finnish, Swedish or English with the Host Family’s assistance. An authorised translator needs to translate all the files into one of the languages stated above. The Au Pair can also submit additional free-form file, explaining why she/he intends to become a part of this cultural exchange program in Finland.
How to submit the residence permit application for Finland?
The Au Pair must submit the application to a Finnish mission (embassy or consulate) or a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service even if she/he uses the e-service.
The applicant will have to pay the fee while submitting the file. The fee will not be reimbursed even if the decision is negative.
If the decision is positive, the applicant will receive a residence permit card. The permit will be valid for maximum a year, with no further extension.