• Cotswolds Au Pair Agency

Post Brexit - Will au pairing between the UK and EU coming to an end?

Updated: Jan 22

Hopefully not! However, the current government visa proposals will result in Au Pairing between the UK and EU coming to an end.

Very important message from the Home Office: "Visitors cannot undertake a role as an au pair and may face immigration enforcement action if they do."

Therefore, we are calling for the widening of the already well established Youth Mobility Visa (Tier 5) with 'au pair' as a sub category, in order to keep the UK Au Pair programme open to the benefit of young people and tens of thousands of working families who are relying on an au pair to provide them with flexible childcare.

The Au Pair Industry's aim is to achieve an official Au Pair status within TIER 5 Youth Mobility Visa with the following conditions:

  • Visa to include a financial exemption (no proof of saving is required from the Au Pair candidate) in this visa category if Au Pair is sponsored by a family checked by a reputable agency. Financial status is irrelevant as Au Pairs are given free accommodation (board & lodging) within the family home and weekly pocket money of £80-£110.

  • The exemption to pay the Healthcare Surcharge; instead the host family should take out a private medical insurance that covers the Au Pair’s health care costs during their stay therefore no 'drain' on the NHS.

Further parameters that can be proven to support Au Pairs having a financial exemption include:

  • Proof of official invitation by UK host family which is endorsed by an approved Au Pair Agency.

  • Age 18-30

  • Au Pair to provide Police Check (similar to our DBS) from their home country

  • Possible minimum level of English requirement

  • Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa is open to ALL nationalities (similar to the Au Pair visa in France, Netherlands, Germany)

  • Length of stay 1 year, but can stay for up to 2 years as the visa is valid to live and work in the UK for 2 years

So, please take a minute to sign the petition for saving the Au Pair Programme.

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