Work permits for au pairs
If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU and want to work as an au pair, you need to have a residence permit. For work that lasts less than three months, citizens of certain countries also need to have a visa. The purpose of the stay must be to improve your language skills and knowledge of Sweden.
Requirements for residence permit
To be eligible for a residence permit, you must
- have a valid passport (if your passport will expire soon, you should renew it since you cannot get a permit for longer than the validity of your passport)
- be 18 but not 30 years old when the decision is made
- have an agreement on work from a family in Sweden where it states that you will work with light household work for a maximum of 25 hours per week (the time for household work and studies may not together exceed 40 hours per week)
- have, or have applied for, comprehensive health insurance that is valid for care in Sweden
- have enough money for your stay in Sweden and to be able to pay your travel home
- not have any accompanying family members
- pay a fee in most cases (application fees for work permits).
Requirements for using the e-service
In order to use the e-service, you need
- to get an e-mail from your host family with a link that leads you to the e-service
- copies of the pages in your passport that show personal data, photo, signature, passport number, issuing country, period of validity and if you have permission to live in countries other than your home country
- a written agreement from the host family which presents the terms of your employment as an au pair
- a certificate that you have, or have applied for, comprehensive health insurance.
You can apply online from your home country or another country outside Sweden where you live.