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Au Pair in Sweden: visa information

Au Pairs who want to work in Sweden will sooner or later have to think about getting a visa. In this article, we will try to guide you.


Au Pair Sweden visa
The Au Pair can receive a residence permit for no longer than 12 months. Their passport needs to be valid for the whole stay. The average processing time of the application is 2-3 months.

If the applicant has been an Au Pair in another country before the request may be declined. This will happen due to the fact that Swedish immigration authorities assume that the Au Pair’s purpose may be different than a distinct interest in Swedish culture.

The Au Pair needs to submit the application in their home country. If it is successful, the applicant will receive a residence permit card, which is necessary (along with the visa) for the border control in Sweden.

The participant needs to pay the application fee (1000 SEK). The money won’t be reimbursed in case of rejection of the application.

Requirements for work and residence permit to Sweden

The requirements for work permits are very similar to the Au Pair program requirements in Sweden, which means that the candidate needs to:
  • be 18 - 30 years old
  • be interested in the Swedish culture and language and able to prove it
  • get a certificate of admission to i.e. language course in Sweden
  • have received a written invitation from the Host Family in Sweden (the document needs to include the terms of the cooperation and these must go along with the official country requirements)
  • have a valid passport

How to apply for a work and residence permit in Sweden?

The Au Pair can apply at the Swedish embassy or consulate in their homeland. The participant has to submit the form Au Pair (number 131011). The embassy will take fingerprints and a photo of the applicant. 

Application for a work and residence permit in Sweden

The application consists of:
  • A copy of the passport 
  • A receipt of the application fee
  • A written invitation from the Host Family
  • A certificate of enrollment in a language course (with the number of hours per week)
Depending on the Au Pair’s nationality, some additional documents may be necessary. More information should be available at the embassy of the Au Pair’s home country.

Visa to become an Au Pair in Sweden

If the Au Pair comes from one of these countries, the participant will have to acquire a visa as well as a work permit. AuPair.com recommends applicants to contact the Swedish embassy and follow its guidance.

What else?

  • If the Au Pair wants to switch Host Families, they will need to apply for a work permit again.
  • Before leaving Sweden, the participant should notify the Tax Office at least one week before the departure date. 
  • The work and residence permit will be valid for up to 12 months. The period cannot be longer than the validity of the passport or longer than the time stated in the Au Pair contract
  • Nationals of some countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea) can enter Sweden under the Working Holiday Scheme and work as Au Pairs.


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