Members of the EFTA and EEA may live and work in Austria. They do not need to apply for a work permit through the AMS. EU and EEA nationals must apply for a residence permit in Austria if they stay for longer then three months.
Nationals from non-EEA countries including the US, require a work permit and must have their employer apply for the permit and receive their permit before the AuPair departs their home country. Austrian families can submit their Aupair’s Work Permit application through the AMS. The visa is good for 6 months and may be extended for an additional six months.
Aupairs requiring a Residence permit/Visa must apply before leaving their country of origin.
Host Family Requirements:
The labor authorities will issue a confirmation authorizing the employment (AnzeigebestÃ¤tigung) upon submission of the formal notification request (Anzeige) and a contract of employment (AuPair-Vertrag). Note: The contract will detail general conditions of employment, i.e., for 25 hours of child care per week and some housekeeping duties, au pairs must get lodging, a ATS 800-per-week minimum stipend and some access to educational opportunities.
The Austrian residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) can only be applied for and obtained outside of Austria at an Austrian Embassy or Consulate by submitting proper forms to the labor office confirmation. The permit is valid for a maximum of 12 months and renewal after 6 months is mandatory.
Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 that are full-time post-secondary students or recent graduates are eligible for the Youth Worker Exchange program called Student Work Abroad Programme (SWAP). They must be full-time post-secondary students or Graduates. Aupairs must pay for their own tickets, must not have a criminal background, and have a working knowledge of German.
More information can be found here: http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/embassy/ottawa/bilateral-relations/youth-education-science/youth-exchange.html