Becoming an au pair in Italy
Under Italian law only some aspects of au pair work are regulated. Here is the link to the official page in Italian.
Am I eligible to be an au pair in Italy?
You are eligible to be an au pair in Italy if:
- you are aged between 17 and 30
- you have a basic knowledge of Italian
- you are single and without children
- you are able to afford your travel expenses
- you have a health certificate no older than 3 months prior to departure stating his/her health conditions
- initially the contract cannot be over 1 year (it can be extended afterwards for a maximum period of 2 years)
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
- host declaration (Dichiarazione di ospitalità). This is a document that states that you will be staying with your host family during your stay and it has to be presented by your host family to the nearest police station within 48 hours from your arrival.
If you are staying for longer than 3 months, you will need also to:
- register at the town hall (Anagrafe) to obtain a residency certificate
- prove that you have sufficient means to support yourself during your stay
- apply for a Tax ID number (codice fiscale) at the tax office (Agenzia delle entrate)
- register with the national health service (SSN – Servizio Sanitario Nazionale), unless you already have private health insurance covering you during your stay. In order to register you will need your residency certificate (iscrizione anagrafica) or self-certification of your address in Italy (autocertificazione) and your Tax ID Number (codice fiscale)
Visa information for non-EU citizens
Au pairs staying less than 3 months can apply for a tourist/holiday visa, au pairs staying for longer than 3 months should apply for a student visa.
To check if you need a visa to enter Italy please visit the website of what documents are required visit the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Citizens coming from some countries may only be required to have a valid passport. Whether you need a visa or not, you will need medical insurance to cover you during your stay.
To submit your visa application, you need to present the following documents to your local Italian embassy or consulate:
- certificate of enrolment in an Italian language course offered by one of the approved language schools
- valid passport
- proof of accommodation (or host declaration) stamped by the local police
- proof of sufficient means to support yourself during your stay
- proof of purchase or that you have the means to purchase flights to and from Italy
- travel and medical insurance
- work permit. Your family should present the contract signed by both parties to their local employment office, Ufficio provinciale del lavoro, and in some cases they will need to have it stamped by the local police too
- declaration of no objection (nulla osta) provided by the immigration office
The visa will be issued for the length of time of the enrolment in school.
Within 8 days from your arrival, you will also need to apply for a residence permit (Permesso di soggiorno). In order to do that you should go with your host family to the nearest town hall, post office or immigration office and present the following documents:
- application form
- valid passport and entry visa
- a copy of your passport and visa
- 4 identical and recent passport sized photos
- a revenue stamp worth €16
Citizens from Australia, Canada and New Zealand should apply for a Working Holiday Visa. To apply for it you will need to follow the procedure and present the documents listed above for the Student visa. Your host family will need to apply for your work permit when you arrive and after receiving it you should apply for a declaration of no objection (nulla osta). For more information please contact your local Italian embassy or consulate.
Please bear in mind that a work permit in Italy is valid for 6 months.
For more information regarding being an au pair in Italy see www.aniap.org.