Employing an au pair
An au pair is a person who lives with a family and is paid for light household work and child minding. The purpose of the stay must be to gain international experience and the opportunity to learn the Swedish language and culture.
Requirements for work permits
In order to for the person you want to employ as an au pair to get a work permit
- he or she must be between 18 and 30 years of age
- you must offer a maximum of 25 hours light household work per week
- the au pair must study Swedish for most of the rest of the time
- you must offer room and board
- you must offer a minimum salary of SEK 3,500 per month before tax
- the time for household work and studies may not together exceed 40 hours per week
- you must write an offer of employment, which states the above terms and send it to the au pair. You must also send a certificate of a place for studies in Swedish.
An au pair who is a citizen of a country outside the EU needs a work permit. For work that lasts less than three months, citizens of certain countries also need to have a visa.
Anyone who has a permit to work as an au pair may not work as a child minder or domestic help full time.
Previous stays as an au pair in a different country immediately before the planned stay in Sweden may reduce the possibilities of getting a permit in Sweden. The reason is that it may indicate that it is a matter of regular work as a child minder or the like and not a stay as an au pair.
Requirements to use the e-service
In order to use the e-service and create an offer of employment, you need to
- have a BankID
- be able to append a certificate of a place for studies
- know the e-mail address of the person you want to employ.