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Extended permit for an au pair
This residence permit application form is for you if you are applying for an extended fixed-term residence permit on the grounds that you are an au pair in Finland. The purpose of an au pair position is to provide a young person (aged 17 to 30) with an opportunity to become acquainted with the language and culture of the target country in exchange for performing light housework duties.
The purpose of an au pair position is not to gain a household employee. Domestic servants must apply for a residence permit for an employed person. Prospective au pairs are required to have studied or taken an interest in the Finnish or Swedish language or culture. The working hours of an au pair must be set so that he or she will have the opportunity to take classes in Finnish or Swedish while in Finland.
The maximum duration of residence on au pair status is one year. If you have already had a residence permit as an au pair for one year, you will not receive another residence permit as au pair.
Check that you have all the necessary attachments and information before you begin. You will need to have at least:
- copy of valid passport
- au pair agreement
- health and accident insurance
- clarifications from receiving family
Complete the application and select your service point
Complete the application form and attach all the required documents. Select your service point. You must prove your identity at a Migri service point in Finland. You will find more information at migri.fi/en/identification. Please take into account that the service points can be very busy. You can book an appointment already before submitting the application using Migri's appointment system.
Pay and submit your application
The processing of an application is subject to a fee. You can pay the processing fee with most credit cards, or use the online banking services provided by Finnish banks. You can also pay the processing fee at the Migri service point during your visit to prove your identity.
Visit the selected authority to identify yourself
Visit Migri to prove your identity and to present the original versions of any attachments required for the application. Remember to take a passport photo with you.
Follow the processing of your application
You can follow the processing of your application in the e-service. If further information or documents are required for your application, we will send you a request through the e-service. You will receive a notification when a decision has been made and can be read online.