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Au Pair in Ireland: visa information

Au Pair In Ireland visa
The type of visa the Au Pair will need depends on his/her citizenship.  There are several visa types as well as general criteria the Au Pair needs to meet to apply. 
 
To receive a visa to work in Ireland, the Au Pair needs to have good written and spoken English skills. Although the participant’s English does not need to be fluent, she/he needs to be able to communicate in it. 
 
Generally speaking, the visa will allow the Au Pair to stay in Ireland for a maximum of one year. While it is possible to apply for an extension, this must usually be done from the Au Pair’s country of residence. If the Host Family is particularly satisfied with the Au Pair’s work and wishes to extend the Au Pair contract, they may be able to apply for an extension of the visa on behalf of the Au Pair.

Let’s look briefly into the visa types:

Working Holiday Visa in Ireland

There is a special Youth mobility scheme that allows citizens from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan to apply to be Au Pairs in the Republic of Ireland. There are certain periods of time during the year, when the participants can submit their applications.

Work & Travel Visa in Ireland

Au Pairs from the USA can apply for a Work & Travel visa if they are enrolled in secondary education or have recently graduated. Note that this visa presumes the availability of funds to enter the country and a financial equivalent of the return ticket. Read more about Work & Travel programme in Ireland.

Student Visa in Ireland

Applicants from other countries that don’t enter into the two cases described above have to apply for the student visa. The Au Pairs will have to enroll themselves in a course. Remember that immigration officers might double check this information at the border customs. They might refuse the entrance to the country to Au Pairs who intend to work full-time. 
 
The student visa allows to work up to 25 hours per week during the stay. Most of the Host Families expect the Au Pairs to work 30 hours per week. To avoid possible misunderstandings during the stay, we recommend to discuss this question between both parties and state it clearly in the contract. Read more about the student visa in Ireland
 
Applicants from Bulgaria and Romania need to apply for a work permit. The requirements change from time to time. The Au Pair needs to confirm all the information on the type of visa in the local embassy or consulate of Ireland in his/her country.  
 
In addition to the specific documents the Au Pair might need depending on the types of visa mentioned above, he/she also will need anAu Pair contract signed by both parties. 
 
The Au Pair needs to submit all the documents in English or translate them to English from the original language of the Au Pair’s country. 
 



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