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Au pair stay

For how long should you work as an au pair? How much time abroad is necessary? How can you decide for how long you want to be an au pair?

 

Here you will find some answers to these questions.

 

HOW LONG AUPAIR?

how long aupairAs a future au pair it is important to decide early for how long you want to work as au pair.

 

Most au pair jobs take at least 6 months.

 

If you write in your au pair profile that you want to stay for one year, it will increase your chance of finding a host family because many families want to have an au pair for a whole year.

 

Most countries don't have any regulations about the time of the au pair stay but in the USA you can stay for only 12 months.

 

In other countries, though, you are able to stay for less. Especially during the vacation months from May to September, there are jobs for summer au pairs. These jobs are very similar to a regular summer job.

 

Au pair stay in other countries

Australia 1-6 months Liechtenstein max. 1-12 months
Belgium EU: 24 months; Not-EU: 1-12 months Luxembourg max. 1-12 months
Denmark EU: 24 months; Not-EU: 1-12 months, 18 months New Zealand max. 1-12 months
Germany EU: 24 months; Not-EU: 6-12 months The Netherlands max. 1-12 months
England EU: 24 months; Not-EU: 1-24 months Norway EU: 24 months; Not-EU: 1-24 months
France 3-12 months; max. 18 months Austria EU: 24 months; Not-EU: 6 - 12 months
Finland EU: 24 months, Not-EU: 1-12 months Switzerland EU: max. 24 months; Not-EU: 1-12 months
Italy EU: 24 months; Not-EU: 12 months (Working Holiday Visum) Sweden EU: 24 months; Not-EU: 1-12 months
Ireland EU: 24 months; Not-EU: 1-12 months Spain EU: 24 months; Not-EU: 6-12 months
Iceland EU: 24 months; Not-EU: 1-12 months USA min. 12 months, max. 12 months
Canada max. 1-12 months - -

 

 

 

More information for au pairs:

Au pair requirements Au pair, yes or no
How to be an Au Pair? Advantages of the au pair stay
Finding work as au pair online Au pair Agencies
Application au pair First contact with the host family