If an Au Pair doesn’t belong to an EU or EFTA country, he/she needs to file a visa application to come to Switzerland. Irrespectively of the participant’s citizenship, all participants need to get a work and residence permit. Let’s look into the paperwork in detail.
Resident and working permit
The participants will need both documents for the Au Pair stay, thus the Host Family needs to apply for these documents before the Au Pair’s arrival. The Cantonal Migration Offices issue the permits. It can take up to two months to receive a work permit. The list of documents for permit:
the application form that the family will receive in the canton. Each canton has an individual form.
a copy of the Au Pair’s passport
Non-EU applicants need a confirmation about the Au Pair’s placement from the Swiss agency recognized by SECO
We strongly suggest to confirm the list of documents in your case, as there might be additional papers required.
Visa to Switzerland
Below is the core list of documents the participant will need for the visa application. We encourage to connect to the embassy of Switzerland in the applicant’s country of residence to confirm each case. Requirements might differ depending on the citizenship.
The passport - The participant needs a valid passport for the whole Au Pair stay abroad.
The contract - The Au Pair will need to submit the contract signed by both parties.
Insurance - The applicant will need a valid health insurance.
Visa application form
Working permit application
All the documents need to be in English or in one of the official languages of Switzerland. If this is not the case, the documents need to be translated and notarized.
Note, that citizens from Non-EU and Non-EFTA countries need to cooperate with a licensed Swiss agency recognized by SECO to receive all the required paperwork.