Au pair in Austria - rules and requirements Au pair in Austria - rules and requirements

Austria attracts with its rich cultural heritage, the majestic architecture of Vienna and Salzburg, stunning natural landscapes and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Being an Au Pair in Austria is to live in the center of Europe, experience rich history and culture while improving your language skills and meeting new friends.

Below are the basic requirements for au pair program in Austria. For more detailed information please follow the links on the page or visit the official Immigration Service website.

Requirements for au pairs in Austria

18-27 year old (non-EU) or 18-28 years old (EU)
Can't be married and have children
Basic knowledge of German language (with proof of knowledge)
Be able to pay for travel expenses
Must apply through an authorized job agency
Was not previously listed as au pair in Austria for longer than a year in the last five years
For citizens of non-EU countries For citizens of EU and EFTA countries
Must apply for a residence permit "Aufenthaltsbewilligung – Sonderfälle unselbstständiger Erwerbstätiger" for the whole duration of the au pair contract Do not need a residence permit. However, au pair must apply for a registration certificate no later than three months after the start of stay at the local Foreigners Office "Fremdenbehörde"

Requirements for host families in Austria

Have at least one child under the age of 18
Provide au pair with own bedroom and all meals
Provide au pair with pocket money from 485.85 EUR / month
Au pair duties cannot exceed 18 hours / week
Au pair stay must not be longer than 6-12 months
Be a German speaking family and willing to participate in cultural exchange
May not have family ties with the au pair
Be a different nationality than the Au Pair's nationality
Must notify the appropriate Job Service Centre "Arbeitsmarktservice Österreich" of this employment two weeks prior to au pair start.

Relevant links - Internet platform on an inter-administrative level which provides information on all interactions with Austrian authorities and permits the electronic processing of some of these procedures (interface between authorities and citizens)
Information about residence permit for au pairs in Austria - Vienna City Administration