Au pair in Iceland
Official Au Pair in Iceland Program Information
There is an official program to be an au pair in Iceland. To
work as an au pair in Iceland, a residence permit is required.
Please refer to the following website - it is easy to read, and has
everything you need to become an au pair in Iceland: http://www.utl.is/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=85&Itemid=87&lang=en
Au Pair In Iceland Mandatory Criteria
- To be an au pair in Iceland, you must fulfil the basic
conditions for a residence permit, i.e. that financial support,
medical insurance and housing is secure
- An au pair in Iceland must be between 18 - 25 years old
- The au pair and the host family must provide a signed contract
(available from the Directorate of Immigration or the Labor
- The au pair must provide a criminal record check and a medical
Au Pair in Iceland General Requirements
- An au pair in Iceland is paid 10.000 IKR per week pocket
Working hours, free time and holidays
- An au pair in Iceland works 30 hours per week, has 2 days
off per week, minimum of 1 weekend off per month
- An au pair in Iceland is entitled to 1 week holiday per 6
Accommodation and meals
- An au pair in Iceland is to be provided with their own room and
meals and also have free access to the family home
Language skills and course
- An au pair in Iceland must have proficient English in the
absence of Icelandic
- An au pair in Iceland is encouraged to attend a language class
and adequate time needs to be allocated in the au pair schedule to
Length of stay
- An au pair in Iceland is able to stay for up to 12 months
maximum and cannot be extended or renewed
- An au pair in Iceland must have medical insurance which must
cover at least 2.000.000 Icel.kr. and must be issued by an
insurance company authorised to provide services in Iceland. The
insurance must be in effect for a minimum of 6 months.
nationals need to check if their private insurance covers them
in Iceland. If not, they will need to take out an appropriate
- The host family must pay for the au pair's return journey home
at the end of a successful contract
- Please refer to our Travel
Partners for discounts on flights and travel
The Icelandic Government regards the residence permit for an au
pair as part of a cultural exchange, which is neither categorised
as a student nor a regular work permit. Foreigners are not
permitted to stay with a family member with this permit.
The permit (temporary) must be received outside of Iceland.
Allow 90 days for the application to be processed. Documents must
be in English or a Scandanavian language and if translated, must be
done so by an accredited translator.
Nationals from some countries also require a "D" visa, which can
be applied for at an Icelandic Embassy or the closest embassy
authorised to issue visas for Iceland. Please refer to the
following link for whom this visa applies: http://www.utl.is/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35&Itemid=37&lang=en
After arriving in Iceland, the au pair registers at the National
Registry. The medical certificate and passport is taken to the
Directorate of Immigration where the au pair will be
Once all requirements have been fulfilled, the residence permit
is issued and the date of issue is the beginning of residency.
Nationals from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden do not
require a residence permit. EEA nationals wanting to stay more
than 3 months in Iceland require a residence permit.
You can find additional information about being an au pair
in Iceland in the websites listed in the Relevant links section on
the right panel of this page.
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