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Au Pair visa to France - the requirements and process

Au Pair visa to France
Au Pairs from countries that are not part of the European Union need to get a visa for their stay in France. Au Pairs have to apply for this permit at the French embassy at their residence countries.

The Au Pair visa to France

Young women and men from 18 to 30, who are interested in the French language and culture, can apply for the visa. To get the visa the participant needs:

1
Passport
To get the visa, Au Pairs need a valid passport and a copy to present at the appointment in the embassy. 
 
2
Authorized contract
The participant should sign the contract with the Host Family. Both parties need to check if it clearly explains important points such as pocket money, working hours, insurance and free time. The contract must be approved by the DIRECCTE (Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi).
 
3
Visa application form
The participant has to complete the application form provided by the French embassy. 
 
4
Clear criminal record
In some cases, the Au Pair will need to present a clear criminal record during the appointment at the embassy. The participant can request this document at the local police. 
 
5
High School certificate
To become an Au Pair in France, candidates need to present their high school diploma or equivalent.
 
6
Health insurance
Participants from Non European Union countries must have a private health insurance valid in France. Make the proper arrangements with the family, who normally covers these costs. 
 
7
Motivation letter
With this letter, the participant should answer the question: “Why do you want to learn French?”, and explain why it is so important to her/him. 
 
8
Language course
The Au Pair will need to provide a confirmation of enrollment in a French language course for at least three months.
 
AuPair.com recommends to contact the embassy or the consulate and discuss all the details with the authorities before the application.
 

What else?

  • The Host Family must register their Au Pair at the foreign office in order to get the residence permit as quickly as possible. They will also have to register the participant with the Social Security. 
  • Since the visa is not a work permit, the participant is not allowed to work outside the family. 
  • In some cases the participant will need to prove that she/he can cover the visa and travel expenses.
  • After the appointment, the Au Pair might need to wait a couple of weeks for the visa to be approved. 
 



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