Au Pair

07.09.2021 - Article

Please note the following basic information:

  • Documents not in the German or English language must be submitted with a certified German translation. A translation of the personal data page of the passport is not necessary.
  • Please note that the Embassy must see the originals, but does not keep them on file. Therefore, please always bring a copy of the original that you present at your appointment, including the data page of your passport. Certificates must be presented with Apostille/ legalization where necessary.
  • Processing time is approx. 4 - 8 weeks, but it can take longer in individual cases.
  • Flight reservations are not required to apply for the visa. Please book your flight only after you have received your visa.
  • The Embassy reserves the right to request further documents.
  • Missing documents delays the processing of the application and can result in your application being rejected.
  • Please do not contac the Embassy to check the status of your application during the normal processing period. Such enquiries are extremely time-consuming for the visa section and will not be answered.

The following documents have to be submitted with every application:

One fully completed and signed application form incl. declaration pursuant to Section 54 Residence Act
One recent biometric passport photo
Valid passport with at least 2 empty pages
One copy of the data page of the passport
Signed Au-Pair contract based on the specimen contract published by the Federal Employment Agency http://www.arbeitsagentur.de/unternehmen/arbeitskraefte/au-pair (A print-out or fax copy will be accepted if the Au-Pair post was offered through an agency with RAL Gütezeichen Quality mark)
Residence Registration of the host Family (Meldebestätigung)
Personally drafted curriculum vitae detailing in particularany training to date and, where applicable, periods of employment
Letter of Motivation, detailing expectations of planned stay and anticipated career and personal benefits, as well as future plans
Where available: Proof of qualification, for example diplomas, certificates, work log with Translation if not in English

Proof of adequate financial means

As a rule in the form of the Au-Pair contract

Proof of German language skill at A1 level

Sufficient to prove your language skills is submitting a language certificate which has been acquired on the Basis of the Standards of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE Standard).

These ALTE Standards apply to certificates issued by any Goethe Institute (GI) for the A1 language examination “Start Deutsch 1” (or a higher certificate of the Goethe Institute)

Certificates from other language Schools not meeting the ALTE Standard cannot be accepted.

As there is currently no Goethe Institute or certified Institute in Zambia or Malawi to take specific language tests., we suggest to contact the Goethe Institute in the neighboring countries:

Harare/ Zimbabwe

Goethe Zentrum Harare

Johannesburg/ South Africa

Goethe Institut Johannesburg

Windhoek/ Namibia

Goethe Institute Windhoek

Additionally, you may consider online courses or self-learn language courses and apps, books etc.

Health insurance in line with EU standards

(to cover taking up residence in Germany and valid for the entire Schengen area, minimum coverage of 30,000 €, valid from the day of entry for the entire stay); proof to be provided at the latest when collecting the visa.

Applicant of a nationality other than Zambian (or Malawi): residence permit
Visa fee of 75 € payable in ZMW in cash on the day of the visa appointment

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