How to host or work as an au pair

Do you have children under 13? Would you like to welcome an au pair into your home? ?

Would you like to discover Luxembourg and develop your language skills?

Perhaps the “Au pair” system is a good solution for you. However, there are several stages in the Au Pair process in Luxembourg. We’ll show you how.

Hosting an au pair

Why hire an au pair?

Are you looking for temporary childcare at home? Would you like to introduce them to another culture and share your own? So welcoming a young Au Pair is undoubtedly a great opportunity for the whole family.

But don’t forget: an au pair isn’t just there to look after your children. look after your children. Even if you sign an agreement with the au pair, this is not an employment contract. You don’t become his employer.

The Au Pair is a full-fledged member of your family. You’ll have to provide room and board in exchange for a few household chores. You must also pay him/her an allowance that corresponds to pocket money for the duration of his/her stay.

The young “au pair” takes part in the family’s day-to-day chores. However, working hours cannot exceed an average of 5 hours a day over the week, i.e. an average of 25 hours a week.

For the rest of the time, the au pair takes part in language courses financed by the host family.

Ministry of Youth’s approval for the host family

To receive a young man or woman in your home, you must obtain the approval of the Ministry of Youth. This approval authorizes you to receive a young Au Pair.

You must apply to the Service National de la Jeunesse for approval to host an au pair. To obtain approval, you will need to provide a number of documents, including a certificate of household composition(issued by your commune of residence) and an extract from your criminal record. If you have a child under the age of 6, you must also provide proof of other day care. A declaration on honour may suffice.

You and the au pair must sign a hosting agreement specifying the conditions, rights and duties of each party. You’ll need to submit this agreement to the National Youth Service along with the rest of your application.

A copy of the ministerial approval and a copy of the approval for the young “Au Pair” must be sent to the Joint Social Security Center for the young au pair’s social security affiliation.

Working as an au pair

Why become an au pair in Luxembourg?

In addition to the unforgettable nature of the au pair experience, you’ll have the opportunity toopportunity to gain first professional experience abroad. What’s more, costs remain under control because you’ll have room and board. You’ll be part of a family and share in its highlights.

Luxembourg is a small country in the center of Europe, with a strong multicultural character. More than 170 nationalities live here, and almost half of the population is foreign.

Working as an “au pair” in Luxembourg will help you integrate more easily. You’ll also benefit from more opportunities to discover other cultures and languages. Luxembourg has three official languages: Lëtzebuergesch, French and German. And English is widely used too.

Ministry approval for the “Au Pair” youth

To work as an “Au Pair” in Luxembourg, you must obtain approval from the Ministry of Youth to become an Au Pair.

To do this, you must first find your host family and sign a hosting agreement with them.

You must also meet the following conditions:

  • Be between 18 and 29 years of age
  • Have obtained a diploma allowing access to teaching in your country of origin. In the absence of such proof, you must prove that you have attended an educational system up to the age of 17.
  • Have a basic knowledge of at least one of the languages spoken in the host family. You must also know English, French, German or Luxembourgish.
  • Not to have a salary or a self-employed job for the duration of the Au Pair‘s stay.

Prior to arrival, you will need a medical certificate less than 3 months old stating that you are able to carry out the simple tasks of daily life, including looking after children.

Once authorization has been received from the Ministry of Youth, the Au Pair must apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a temporary residence permit.

Application for a temporary residence permit

The application for a temporary residence permit must include the identity of the future Au Pair (surname, first name, address, etc.), as well as various additional documents and information. More information on

The application must be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once thetemporary residence permit has been obtained, the au pair can apply for a visa to enter Luxembourg, if applicable. He will then be allowed to enter Luxembourg.

Formalities on arrival in Luxembourg

Within 90 days of arrival, the au pair mustregister with the host family’s commune of residence .

He will also have to pass medical examinations and reapply for a residence permit for Au Pair from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This step is mandatory, as the temporary authorization is only valid for 90 days.

Once welcomed in Luxembourg, the young “au pair” must attend an information session at the Service National de la Jeunesse .This session enables young au pairs to meet other young au-pairs.

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