How to become an au pair in Iceland?

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Iceland has 8 different programs for the different au pair citizenships.
Choose here which programs you want to see and compare.

prerequisites for au pairs

Au pair


18 - 24

hence it is not possible to submit an application for a residence permit shortly before the applicant turns 25.

language skills

Minimum language skills are not defined to get an au pair visa.


There are no prerequisites regarding the school education or if the au pair needs to hold any special degrees.

marital status

No official restriction.


There are no offical rules defining if the au pair is allowed to have children on his/her own or can be accompanied by them.

prerequisites for families

Au pair

definition of family

According to The Icelandic Directorate of Immigration a family consist of a married couple or cohabiting partners with a child or children, or a single parent with a child or children.

citizenship of family

If the host family consists of persons who are not Icelandic citizens, at least one of the persons in a marriage or a cohabiting partner must be in possession of a permanent residence permit.

prerequisites for agencies

Au pair

agency support

It's not mandatory to involve an au pair agency.

other restrictions

Au pair

other restrictions

An applicant who needs a visa may not stay in Iceland when applying for the permit and while it is being processed. 

The host family must prove sufficient support.

A host family must prove maintenance for their au pair. The additional maintenance is based on 50% of the minimum maintenance for an individual, i.e. ISK 90,275 per month plus the wage costs for the au pair, ISK 60,000 for every four weeks in au pair service.

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