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How to become an Au Pair in Ireland: requirements

Au Pair in Ireland requirements
Did you know that Ireland is the third largest island in Europe? If you are interested to explore this country, its culture and learn the language, you’ve landed on the right page. 
 
The applicants are expected to be medically fit, unmarried, without their own children and with some experience in dealing with kids, as this is one of the main responsibilities of an Au Pair. If you are an EU citizen, you can see the Au Pair requirements after this introduction. If you are a Non-EU citizen, click here to learn about your requirements for a participation.

Au Pair in Ireland requirements for EU citizens

Au Pair requirements might slightly differ depending on the Au Pair’s citizenship. Below is the information for applicants from the European Union:  
  1. Age: 18 - 28 years 
  2. Language skills: good command of English 
If you match the criteria mentioned above, don’t hesitate and...
 
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Step by step into Ireland!

To help you with a specific plan of action, here are some simple steps:
 
1
Find a Host Family in Ireland
You can find a Host Family at AuPair.com. As an Au Pair you can register, create your profile, browse and get in touch with all prospective families for free.  
 
2
Sign the contract and read about insurance
As an EU citizen, you need to have a valid EHIC card. In addition to this, you can consider taking additional insurance in Ireland for your safety! 
 
3
Get ready for your journey!
As an EU citizen you don’t need a visa to become an Au Pair in Ireland. Read our advice about packing and traveling to another country

 

Au Pair in Ireland requirements for Non-EU citizens

If you are not a citizen of the European Union, you will have slightly different requirements. Check out the participation criteria for Non-EU citizens below:  
  1. Your age is between 18 and 27 years. 
  2. You feel comfortable expressing yourself in English on a daily basis 
  3. You have graduated at least an intermediate school and you have a certificate
  4. You are eligible to apply for a visa to Ireland
  5. You can cover your visa and travel expenses
Are all the above mentioned points about you? Great, then don’t hesitate and...


Steps to become an Au Pair in Ireland:

To help you understand the big picture of the whole process, AuPair.com broke it down to simple steps: 
 
1
Search for a Host Family at AuPair.com
To get a better idea about searching, look through our Au Pair handbook. If you are already a registered user, you can work on your profile to make it attractive and connect to Host Families that match your search criteria! 
 
2
Check the validity of your passport
Your passport needs to be valid during the visa application as well as for your whole stay in Ireland! 
 
3
Sign the contract
The Au Pair contract is one of the mandatory documents for your visa application. After discussing all the details with your Host Family, ask them to sign the contract and send the original to you. 
 
4
Apply for visa
The type of visa for au pairing in Ireland will depend on your citizenship. 
 
5
Insurance
After you clarify everything about your visa process, read more and choose the insurance that will cover you during the whole stay in Ireland. Discuss this question with your Host Family to make a more informed decision! 
 
6
Get ready for the travel
Most probably you will take a plane to Ireland, thus take a look into the border formalities at the airport. You will need a visa and passport for sure, though sometimes they might also ask for insurance. Be ready for document check-up in any case.
 



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