Au pair in Switzerland - rules and requirements Au pair in Switzerland - rules and requirements

Switzerland is a country of amazing alpine landscapes and picturesque small towns, blue lakes and green valleys. This is a country of banks and watches, cheese and chocolate, which for many centuries retains its neutrality.
As an au pair in Switzerland, you can enjoy nature and the alps, Swiss culture and customs, taste the famous Swiss chocolate and cheese, while improving your language skills and meeting new friends.

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

Requirements for au pairs in Switzerland

18-25 year old (non-EU) or 17-30 years old (EU)
Can't be married and have children
Basic knowledge of the English language
Be able to pay for travel expenses
Visa. EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Switzerland. Non-EU citizens need a confirmation about the au pair's placement from the Swiss agency recognized by State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Requirements for host families in Switzerland

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 600 CHF / month
Au pair duties cannot exceed 30 hours / week
Au pair stay: 24 months
Be a German, French or Italian speaking family and willing to be part of a cultural exchange
Be a different nationality than the au pair's nationality

Relevant links

Basis for admission to the Swiss labour market for foreign nationals - State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)
Information for Entry to Switzerland (e.g. Visa obligation)