An unmarried person aged between 17 and 27 who is without dependants, can come to the UK to learn English and live with an English-speaking family to work as an Au Pair. Au Pairs assist with housework and take care of any children in the household. The Au Pair normally receives pocket money and lodgings and would be expected to attend an educational institute at least twice a week to gain further English language skills. Nationals of the following European countries are eligible for this programme:
- Bosnia-Herzegovina *
- Croatia *
- Faroe Islands
- Macedonia *
- Romania *
- San Marino
- Turkey *
Au pair visa applications must be made from outside of the UK. All EU and Association Agreement nationals are also eligible to take part in the Au Pair scheme.
*Nationals of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Republic of Croatia, Macedonia, Romania and Turkey must get entry clearance from their British Embassy or Consulate before they travel to the United Kingdom.
Au Pair visas can be granted for up to two years.
Changing host families
You may move to another family as long as the new arrangements continue to meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules. The Au Pair visa, however, cannot be extended past a 2 year period.