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Switzerland is famous for its breathtaking scenery, mouthwatering chocolate, and super cute villages.
If you choose to go on an au pair adventure to Switzerland, you choose for a country with a lot of history, amazing scenery, delicious chocolate and the cutest villages you can imagine. You will see you lose all your stress and worries once you set foot in this beautiful country. This is what traveling is supposed to look like!
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Most asked questions about becoming an au pair in Switzerland

What are the rules to become an au pair in Switzerland?
  • The au pair is between 18 and 25 years old (and up to 30 years old for EU and EFTA citizens);
  • Their native language is not the same as that spoken by the family and is different from the main language of the specific region of Switzerland;
  • The au pair is unmarried and has no children;
  • The au pair wants to take part in a language course during their stay in Switzerland;
  • They must be willing to register with a recognized au pair agency (SECO);
  • The au pair must have a valid passport.
Do you need to speak the language in order to become an au pair in Switzerland?

Yes, you should have at least a basic knowledge of the language in your region but you do need to take part in a language course while you are there so there is plenty of opportunity to improve!

What do you earn as an au pair in Switzerland?

The amount of pocket money depends on the age of the au pair and the canton in which they live in during their au pair stay. Usually the amount is around 500 to 800 CHF per month.

What are your au pair responsibilities?

The work of an au pair in Switzerland mainly consists of taking care of the children, but can be supported by household tasks such as vacuuming, loading the dishwasher and doing laundry. This is about 30 hours a week. The rest of the time you can explore the country or hang out with friends!

How many days off do you have as an au pair?

Au pairs get at least one day off per week. Depending on which canton the au pair lives in, there may be other rules regarding free time.

The holiday depends on the age of the au pair. Up until their 20th year, au pairs get 5 full weeks of holiday per year. Au pairs over 20 get 4 weeks holiday per year.

In Switzerland, there are no official rules regarding public holidays for au pairs. We do recommend that au pairs have a day off on public holidays to experience the Swiss culture!

Do you need to register as an au pair in Switzerland?

It depends if you are from a EU/EFTA country or not.

The au pair is from a EU/EFTA country

Au pairs coming from an EU or EFTA country, don’t need a visa to enter Switzerland, just a valid passport or identity card. When they arrive, they need to register at the municipality of residence and, if your stay extends beyond three months, apply for a residence permit.

The au pair is not from a EU/EFTA country

Almost all au pairs can come to Switzerland, except for the ones who come from a country which don’t have a diplomatic relationship with Switzerland. You should contact the cantonal immigration and labour market authorities to find out whether you can apply your au pair.

If they state you can apply, you will have to submit:

  • the application form, which varies from canton to canton;
  • a copy of the au pair’s passport;
  • a statement from the au pair agency, recognised by SECO, showing successful placement;
  • the signed au pair contract;
  • proof of the au pair’s registration or preregistration for a language course spoken in the canton where you live;
  • proof of registration with a health insurance company recognised in Switzerland.

Once the cantonal job market authority has reached a preliminary decision, the documents will be examined by the Federal Office for Migration. This process can take up to four weeks.

Read more about au pair legislation in Switzerland

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There is a lot to digest, right? No worries! We guide and help you through the process of becoming an au pair. We make sure everything is legal and safe for you and your host family, so you have an amazing, carefree time together. It’s quite the adventure for you and your host family, we get that, every one of us has been an au pair before becoming an au pair agent. We know exactly what you’re going through!

We love to meet you, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

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