Becoming an au pair in Ireland
Currently in Ireland, there is no legislation governing the au pair cultural exchange programme. In Ireland families are now obliged to pay minimum wage to an au pair as the au pair is considered to be an employee. For more information regarding minimum wages see the following information on the www.citizensinformation.ie website.
Board and Lodging
Length of stay
Documents needed for EU and EFTA states citizens
The following documents will be required:
- valid national ID or passport
- no visa is required by EU or EFTA states citizen to be an au pair in Ireland.
Visa information for non-EU citizens
All non-EU citizens have to apply for a PPS Number and have to register with the local authorities (Garda National Immigration Bureau) if their stay in Ireland is longer than 90 days. The cost for a Garda registration card is €300.
If you are coming from a non-EU country you may apply for a work-study visa, provided that you have enrolled in a full-time course listed on the Internationalisation Register and that you can prove you have access to at least €7,000. You can have a part-time job as long as you don't work more than 20 hours a week (or 40 hours during the college holiday period).
For more information, please visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service website.
Working holiday maker visa
Citizens from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan can apply for a can apply for a Working Holiday Maker visa, provided that they can prove to have sufficient funds to support themselves and that they have medical insurance.
Please note that the Working Holiday Maker visa can be requested only in certain periods and that only a limited number of visas is issued.
Citizens from the US can apply for a Work & Travel visa provided that they are in post-secondary education or have recently graduated (within the previous 12 months) and that they can prove to have access to €1,500 plus a return ticket or €3,000.
You can find more information on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.
For more information about being an au pair in Ireland see www.apacireland.com.