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How to become an Au Pair in Switzerland: requirements

Au Pair Switzerland requirements
Did you know, that foreigners account 25% of the whole population of Switzerland? It’s one of the highest percentages in the world. In addition to being culturally rich and diverse, Switzerland is also famous for its natural sites and high standard of lifestyle. 
 
If you have always dreamt of visiting this country, find out how to become an Au Pair in Switzerland on this page. 
 
All the participants are expected to be medically fit, unmarried with no own children and some experience in child care. In addition to these, there is some official participation criteria. Further on you can see Au Pair requirements for EU citizens. If you are a Non-EU citizen, read about requirements you need to follow. 

Au Pair Switzerland requirements for EU citizens

Each country has specific requirements for participants of the Au Pair program. In this section, you will find the criteria of the Au Pair program in Switzerland for all European Union citizens: 
  • Age: 17 - 30 years 
  • Language skills: It's recommended to have a basic grasp of the language spoken in the canton in which you will be working. While basic French, German or Italian is useful to help you getting along with the family, it's more important that your native language is not the same as the Host Families speak. 
If you meet the criteria mentioned above, don’t hesitate and join us as an Au Pair!

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Step by step into Switzerland!

To make sure you understand the whole Au Pair process, we split it into small steps:  
 
1
Find a Host Family in Switzerland
You can use the AuPair.com platform for searching a Host Family. Register for free and create an attractive profile with all relevant information about you. Afterwards, start looking for families that match your searching criteria. 
 
2
Sign the contract
Sign the contract that serves as an official document for Au Pairs and Host Families. You need to receive your template from the canton. The Au Pairs are considered to be employees in Switzerland, thus they must pay social insurance contributions by law. 
 
3
Prepare for the travel - that's almost all!
To make your travel preparations easier, we have prepared a packing checklist for you. Above all, remember that Au Pairs from EU and EFTA countries do not need a visa to enter Switzerland. You just need have a valid passport. 
 
4
Register yourself at the municipality
If you are planning to stay in Switzerland longer than 3 months, you need to register at the municipality of your family within 14 days after the arrival. For this you will need your ID card or passport and the Au Pair contract. 
 
5
Take care of the residence permit
Apply for a residence permit at the Immigration and labor authorities. This document will be valid for the whole duration of the contract up to 12 months. To get the permit you need your ID card or passport, the Au Pair contract, your registration from the municipality and a passport photo. 
 
6
Your family needs to insure you
As your salary will be taxed, you will be paying some social insurance contributions. For this, your family needs to apply for an insurance certificate. They need to take care of your health, accident, unemployment and pension insurance contributions. 
 
NOTE: If you are planning to stay less than three months, you only need to register. No need to apply for a residence permit. For nationals of Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia there are special rules for a short stays. Confirm the formalities at the embassy or another diplomatic authority of Switzerland.

 

Au Pair Switzerland requirements for non-EU citizens

If you are not a European citizen, your participation criteria will be slightly different. Below you can see some of the key characteristics you need to meet:    
  • You are of age 18 - 25
  • You have basic knowledge of the language spoken in the canton where you apply. Remember, if you are a native in any of the three official languages of Switzerland, you cannot apply to work as an Au Pair in the region that speaks your mother tongue. 
  • You have at least intermediate school certificate
  • You are entitled to a visa to Switzerland
  • You can cover your travel, visa and other expenses
  • Your country has a diplomatic relationship with Switzerland
Are all the above points about you? Then don’t wait and join AuPair.com!
 
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Au Pairing in Switzerland - step by step:

Although the whole process might seem complex, we have broken it down into simple steps to help you get a bigger picture of each stage: 
 
1
Look for a Host Family at AuPair.com
We have written a special Au Pair guidebook, where you can find relevant information about the matching process. If you are already one of the registered users on AuPair.com, we recommend to look into different components of the Au Pair profile to make sure it looks attractive for the Host Families. Afterwards, think of the profile of the desired Host Family and look for the options that match your searching criteria! 
 
2
Check validity of your passport
It might sound obvious, though it is a vital criteria that will help you escape many possible issues. Your passport needs to be valid throughout the whole stay in Switzerland! 
 
3
Sign the contract
This is the formal document signed between a Host Family and an Au Pair. It is one of the mandatory documents that you need to submit to the embassy during the visa application to Switzerland. Talk to your Host Family about it and ask them to sign the document and send the original to you. 
 
4
Choose an agency
You need to choose one of the agencies recognized by SECO with your family. 
 
5
Send the required documents for the work and residence permit. 
Your Host Family has to apply for a work and residence permit at the cantonal immigration authority. For this they will need an application form, a copy of your passport, the Au Pair contract, confirmation from an agency recognized by SECO, registration with a Swiss Insurance company, preregistration for a language course. The procedure might take up to four weeks. 
 
6
Apply for a visa
Non-EU-citizens need a visa to Switzerland. You will need to submit the application form with other relevant documents to a diplomatic mission of Switzerland. We recommend confirming the full list of documents. Note that they all need to be either in English or in one of the official languages of Switzerland. A certified translator can help you with translations if that’s the case. 
 
7
Get ready for the travel
Choose the most suitable mean of transportation and read more about border control check. You will need passport & visa for sure. 
 
8
Register yourself after arrival
You need to register yourself within 8 days after the arrival in Switzerland. After a successful registration, you will receive an ID card that allows you to work in Switzerland. 
 
9
Host Family arranges your insurance in Switzerland
As the Au Pair program in Switzerland is considered an employment, your pocket money will be taxed and your insurance contributions will be calculated. Your family needs to apply for an insurance certificate and set up your health, accident, unemployment and pension insurance contributions. 
 



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