Au pair visa requirements for Ireland
If you are looking to get childcare work in Ireland along with learning English and experience Irish culture, you are generally considered to be an ‘au pair’. If you are an au pair or a parent interested in hiring from outside the EU then here is all the information you need.
If you are a citizen from outside the EU, before applying for an au pair job it is important to discover if you are eligible to work within Ireland. Visa requirements within countries change from time to time so it is worth researching your own countries visa requirements with Ireland before you begin.
Hiring a Nanny or Au Pair from EU:
EU citizens enjoy the right to work move, and reside freely throughout the European Union including Iceland Norway and Lichtenstein.
A work -permit is needed for non-EU citizens to work legally in Ireland. It is usually issued for two years but can be extended. It can take up to 8 weeks for processing time. Each country has it’s own visa restrictions or programmes with Ireland. For example, citizens from Australia, Canada and South Korea can apply for working holiday schemes. Citizens from other countries should contact their nearest Irish embassy consulate for more information.
Au-Pairs from outside EU:
An au pair is a person between the ages of 18 -28 who are coming to a country specifically to learn English, and experience the local culture in return for room and board and babysitting duties of up to 20/25 hours per week.
Au pairs coming from other countries outside EU need to obtain a student visa to study English at an approved language school or they need to be enrolled in a full-time degree program in Ireland.
For more information on choosing an au pair, please see our guide.
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