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Working Holiday Visa

Working holiday visa A Working Holiday Visa (WHV) is a permit allowing foreigners to live and work in a host country for a specific period of time. Whether you can apply for this visa or not depends on your host country and nationality. That means that your prospective host country and your homeland must have this arrangement. 

Can the Working Holiday Visa be issued to Au Pairs?

Yes! A Working Holiday Visa is a type of permit usually issued for au pairing abroad. We recommend to check the regulations between your country and the future host country. All the information is available at the host country’s embassy placed in your country. 
 
What kind of visa do you need?
Depending on your nationality and your host country, different kind of visa may be issued to you. Sometimes no visa is needed at all! Learn more

If you can't become an Au Pair in your dream destination country with a WHV, ask the embassy which kind of visa you need.

List of countries with the Working Holiday Visa Scheme

Below you can see a list of the countries offering the Working Holiday Visa. To know if you can be entitled to one, please check the visa information in your home country. 
  • America: Argentina, Chile, Canada, Mexico.
  • Asia: Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan.
  • Europe: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom.
  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand.
For more information about the Au Pair experience check our Au Pair Wiki

Who should pay for the travel expenses?
We recommend Host Families to help Au Pairs with travel expenses, though it’s not their obligation to do so. In any case, the Au Pair needs to cover the travel costs initially. If the Host Family would like to support the Au Pair, they can repay the ticket price in monthly installments that will be added to the Au Pair's salary during 10 months. In the case of Au Pair USA and China, the ticket will be covered by the Host Family. We recommend to discuss this topic before the Au Pair’s arrival and note down the conditions in the Au Pair contract. Learn more about other Au Pair costs to participate in the program or Host Family costs for hosting an Au Pair.  
How can an Au Pair get a visa?
AuPair.com is an online matching agency, therefore this question is beyond our scope of responsibility. But we will do our best to help you nonetheless! Usually the best source of information is the embassy of the host country placed in the Au Pair’s homeland. Requirements vary depending on both the Au Pair’s nationality and the host country, but usually a letter of invitation from the Host Family and a signed contract are needed to start the visa application. Other documents may be different depending on each individual case, and in case of the US, assistance of a local full-service Au Pair agency is also necessary.   
Can I become an Au Pair?
The Au Pair program accepts participants who meet mainly education, family and age requirements. Please take a look at the full list of Au Pair requirements.  If you meet them, register as an Au Pair today and find a Host Family that matches your criteria.  


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