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Nanny GPS: World Visas for Au Pairs and Nannies and Working Visa Information

   International au pairs and nannies jobs - Does the Au Pair Nanny need a visa?

One of the advantages of working as an au pair or nanny has got to be the au pair and nanny jobs overseas available. Au pairs and nannies working overseas can experience a new culture with the support of their host family. This cultural exchange is a great advantage for the au pairs, nannies and host families alike. For example, an English nanny can tutor children in English and greatly enhance their language skills through day to day interaction. A UK nanny or au pair can find work in France, Spain and any other European Union country without having to apply for working visas. Simply search the Nanny Wanted, Au Pair Wanted, or Nanny Needed, jobs to find your next au pair nanny job.

Advertising international au pair and nanny jobs on Nanny GPS is free. A French nanny can find a nanny UK job and relocate to England without having to apply to the British consulate for British visas.

Before applying for world au pair nanny jobs it's important to understand if you are eligible to work within that country. Depending on your nationality, or passports you hold, you may need a working visa. If you are looking for au pair nanny international opportunities you may be eligible to apply for working visas. For example, if you are a French nanny, aged between 18 - 30 years you can apply for the Australian working holiday visa.

Visa requirements within countries change from time to time. This page attempts to outline some of the visas available within the more common au pair nanny destinations and is by no means an exhaustive list, just a starting point to help you with your research on visas.

   Europe - EU Citizens' right to move and reside freely throughout the European Union

There is new legislation in Europe to simplify conditions and administrative formalities for applying EU citizens' right to move and reside freely throughout the European Union. For more information on living and working in Europe, and for a full list of countries in Europe visit http://europa.eu/abc/travel/index_en.htm.

   Information on au pair nanny visas

For information on Canada visas, visas for America, visas for Australia, British visas, working holiday visas click on the country you are interested in.


  • Argentina

    Argentina has a working holiday visa for people aged 18-30, inclusive. Participants are not permitted to engage in permanent employment during their visit, but can seek out non-permanent work and enroll for Spanish classes. This visa is open to citizens of New Zealand, and Ireland. Check with your local Embassy of Argentina to see whether they now have a reciprocal arrangement with your own country.

  • Australia

    There are a few types of visas for Australia available.

    The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship website is a great place to find information on the Australian visa suitable for you.

    Australia has a working holiday visa for people aged 18 to 30 years of age, who are interested in a working holiday of up to 12 months in Australia. This visa allows you to supplement the cost of your holiday through short-term employment.

    Countries/Regions Participating in Working Holiday Program

    The table lists the countries and regions involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia. If you hold a passport for one of these countries, you may be eligible to apply for this visa.

    A-F G-L M-Z
    Belgium
    Canada
    Cyprus, Republic of
    Denmark
    Estonia
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    HKSAR*
    Ireland, Republic of
    Italy
    Japan
    Korea, Republic of
    Malta
    Netherlands
    Norway
    Sweden
    Taiwan
    United Kingdom

    *Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (includes British National Overseas passport holders).

    If you are from Chile, Thailand, Turkey or USA, you may be eligible to apply for a Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462), which provides similar opportunities for tertiary educated people aged 18 to 30. For more information on visas for Australia visit http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/417/

  • Austria

    Austria currently has a youth workers exchange program available to Canadian graduates aged between 18 and 30. The program is called Swap. For more information visit http://geo.international.gc.ca/canada-europa/austria/services/ywep-austria-en.aspx

  • Belgium

    New Zealand and Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 may be eligible for a working holiday visa to Belgium. Canadian citizens see http://www.diplomatie.be/en/travel/visa/visumFicheDetail.asp?TEXTID=72035 for more details

    Or see Work Permit for Belgium.

  • Canada

    Canada offers a Canadian visas variation of the 'Working Holiday Program' administered by countries such as Australia. In general, the Canadian Working Holiday Program is managed by the Canadian High Commission or Embassy office within a particular country.

    Applications for Canadian Working Holiday Visas are processed in London for the following countries: United Kingdom; /Finland /Sweden; and Denmark. Other participating countries include; Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, South Africa, Ukraine, United States; and Other select countries. Visit http://www.visabureau.com/canada/working-holiday.aspx to find more information on Canada visas and whether you are eligible to apply for au pair nanny Canada jobs.

    Canada has a Live In Care Giver Programme. Live-in caregivers are individuals who are qualified to provide care for children, elderly persons or persons with disabilities in private homes without supervision. Live-in caregivers must live in the private home where they work in Canada.

    See http://www.cic.gc.ca/EnGLish/work/caregiver/index.asp for detailed information about the Care Giver Program and how to apply for a visa/ work permit for Canada.

  • Chile

    Chile offers working holiday visas to citizens of Australia, Canada and New Zealand aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years of age. See http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workingholiday/chileworkingholidayscheme.htm for more details.

  • Czech Republic

    Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 New Zealand citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 may be eligible for a working holiday to the Czech Republic.

  • Denmark

    Denmark offers a working holiday visa to Australian, Canadian and New Zealand and Chilean passport holders

    Denmark runs a formal au pair programme. See National Directorate of Labour for more information and requirements on the Danish au pair programme.

  • Finland

    Citizens from EU and EFTA do not need a visa nor a residence permit for Finland.

    However, if an EU or EFTA citizens wants to stay in Finland for longer than 3 months, they need to register their stay at the local police.

    Citizens from Denmark, Island, Norway and Swedendo not need to register with the police, but with the "Local Register Office" Maistraatti (Magistraterna) under the "Inter-Nordic Migration Form".

    The same applies to nationals from other countries whose place of residence is in one of the nordic countries.

    Citizens from Non-EU/EFTA countries need a residence permit to live and work in Finland.

    The temporary residence permit has to be applied for at the Finish embassy or consulate of the au pair's country and the candidate needs to obtain a visa label in his/her passport before traveling to Finland. The application fee has to be paid for by the au pair and cannot be reimbursed if the final residence permit is not issued. It is issued by the foreigners' registration authority (Ulkomaalaisvirasto)

  • France

    France offers a working holiday visa to Australian, Canadian, Japanese, New Zealander and South Korean citizens. For more information see the French embassy within your country.

  • Germany

    Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan aged between 18 and 30 may apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Germany. Stays of up to 12 months are allowed. Please see the German embassy within your country for more information.

  • Hong Kong

    Hong Kong has working holiday agreements with Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. Please contact the Hong Kong embassy for more information.

  • Iceland

    The Ministry for Social Affairs is a good starting point to understand the visa requirements for Iceland.

    Preference is given to citizens of countries within the EEA. With the EEA Agreement, Icelandic authorities committed themselves to giving citizens of EEA countries preference over citizens of other countries to work in Iceland. Employers are encouraged to look for workers within the EEA.

    Granting of work permits to citizens from countries outside the EEA

    Previously standing legislation regarding foreign nationals' right to work will continue to apply in the case of citizens from countries outside the EEA. Before a work permit is granted to citizens of countries outside the EEA, Icelandic authorities must determine if the job has been advertised within the EEA, and if a citizen of a country party to the EEA Agreement is interested in the job, that individual is given preference. This is applicable whether a new work permit is at issue, extension of a work permit or a new application when changing employers.

  • Ireland, Republic of

    A nanny or au pair from any EU country can work in Ireland without having to obtain a work permit. Non EU nationals maybe eligible to apply for a student visa program See http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/Student_Visa_Guidelines for more details.

    Working Holiday Authorisations (WHA) are available to young people who are citizens of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand.These Working Holiday schemes are intended for use by young adults who wish to stay in Ireland for an extended holiday and who may work casually in order to fund their stay.

    US citizens can avail of the U.S. Work & Travel visa which allows US citizens to work and travel in Ireland for up to 12 months. This new programme will not affect the operation of the highly successful Student Work and Travel programme which permits students from the US and Ireland to work and travel for several months every summer. This J1 programme will continue to exist as a separate, more limited programme. Visit the Department of Foreign Affairs for more information on these working holiday visas.

  • Italy

    Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 are eligible for a working holiday visa. Please contact the Italian embassy for more information.

    The Italian Government changed its immigration law in June 2004 such that Italian families are currently allowed to hire only nationals from EU countries to serve as their aupair or nanny.

  • Japan

    Citizens from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea, and New Zealand who are between the ages of 18 and 30, and citizens from the United Kingdom and Ireland who are between the ages of 18 and 25 may apply for a Working Holiday Visa to Japan.

  • Latvia

    Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 are eligible for a working holiday visa. Contact the Latvian embassy for more information.

  • Netherlands

    Citizens of Australia, Canada and New Zealand between the ages of 18-30 are eligible for a working holiday visa to the Netherlands.

    The Ministry of Justice in the Netherlands can provide visa information

    http://english.justitie.nl/themes/immigration-and-integration/

  • New Zealand

    New Zealand also has a working holiday makers visa programme. If you are from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada,Chile, China , Denmark, Estonia , Finland , France, Germany, Hong Kong ,Ireland , Italy , Japan Korea Latvia Malaysia Malta MexicoNetherlands Norway Singapore Sweden Taiwan Thailand United Kingdom United States of America Uruguay you may eligible to apply to New Zealand.

    Visit New Zealand visas for more information.

  • Norway

    Citizens of Australia and New Zealand who are between the ages of 18 and 30 are eligible for a Norwegian working holiday visa.

    Citizens of Canada who are between the ages of 18 and 35 are eligible for a Norwegian working holiday visa.

  • Poland

    Citizens of Canada between the ages of 18-35 are eligible for a working holiday visa to Poland.

  • Russia

    For information on Russian visas visit the Russian consulate closest to you http://www.russianembassy.net/.

  • Singapore

    Singapore offers a working holiday visa for graduates, aged between 18 and 30, from Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to engage in short working stints in Singapore. For more information, go to: http://www.mom.gov.sg/publish/momportal/en/communities/work_pass/other_passes/work_holiday_programme.html

  • South Korea

    Citizens of Australia, Canada, France, Japan and New Zealand who are between the ages of 18 and 30 are eligible for a South Korean working holiday visa.

  • Spain

    Canadian citizens can apply for a working holiday visa to Spain. Contact the Spanish embassy for more information.

  • Sweden

    Au pairs from Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway) do not need a work permit or a residence permit to work in Sweden.

    Sweden offers a working holiday visa to Australian and New Zealand citizens.

    Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 are also eligible for a working holiday visa.

  • Switzerland

    Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 are eligible for a working holiday visa to Switzerland.

    The Swiss Federal Office for Migration - FOM can provide details on visas and immigration for Switzerland.

  • Turkey

    Australian citizens are eligible for a working holiday visa for Turkey.

  • United Kingdom

    A nanny or au pair from any EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and au pairs and nannies who are Swiss nationals have the right of free movement and residence in the UK without having to apply for British visas. Nannies and au pairs from the US require visas for UK to work in the United Kingdom.

    Citizens from Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand can apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme which is a Points Based System (PBS) for managing migration for those wishing to enter the UK for work or study. See http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/infs/inf28pbsyouthmobility for more details on working holiday visas for UK.

  • USA

    There are many US visas available. The US Department of State is a good starting point to find information on visas for America.

    The US Department of State operates The Au Pair and Educare programme. Through the Au Pair program foreign nationals between 18 and 26 years of age participate directly in the home life of a host family by providing limited childcare services for up to 12 months. This programme is open to Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants.

    Irish citizens can apply for the U.S. Work & Travel program which allows Irish citizens to work and travel in the US for up to 12 months. Visit the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs for more information. In order to qualify for the programme participants should be either in post-secondary education or have recently graduated (ie within the last 12 months).

    The Student Work and Travel programme (J1 programme) permits students from the US and Ireland to work and travel for several months every summer.

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