Au pairs are one of the many childcare options for UK families across the UK.
The UK’s points-based immigration system does not offer a dedicated visa route for au pairs, as has been the case since 2008. However, there are ways in which you can hire an au pair to work in your home, as you can hire someone already resident in the UK who has a general right to work.
You can hire someone in the UK as an au pair if they:
You should check the conditions of their visa before you hire them. You must not hire an au pair on a visitor visa.
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens
Free movement between the UK and the European Union ended on 31 December 2020 and on 1 January 2021, the UK implemented a points-based immigration system. This means EU, EEA and Swiss citizens no longer have the automatic right to work in the UK.
EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who were resident in the UK on or before 31 December should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to remain in the UK after 30 June 2021. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021. You can hire an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen as an au pair if they have status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
EU, EEA and Swiss nationals can visit the UK for up to 6 months without a visa, but are not permitted to work, including working as an au pair.
Youth Mobility Scheme
You can hire someone in the UK as an au pair if they have a Youth Mobility Scheme visa.
The Youth Mobility Scheme is a cultural exchange programme, allowing young people aged 18 to 30 from participating countries and territories to experience life in the UK for up to two years. Australia,
Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, San Marino and Taiwan currently participate in the scheme.
This Youth Mobility Scheme results in around 20,000 young people from participating countries or territories coming to experience life in the UK, with capacity for more.
Au pair arrangements
An au pair is not classed as a worker or an employee if most of the following apply:
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