Save Au Pairs is a campaign to save the Au Pair programme in the UK

We need YOUR help to ensure Au Pairs can continue to come to Britain and British Au Pairs can go to Europe after Brexit! 

Au Pair Visa to save au pairs post brexit

Au Pairs in UK

Au Pair Visa, as sub category of Youth Mobility Visa

The UK Au Pair Industry is calling for a widening of the already well established Youth Mobility Visa (Tier 5) with 'au pair' as a sub category, in order to keep the UK au programme open to the benefit of young people and tens of thousands of working families who depend on an au pair for affordable childcare.


  • Visa to include a financial exemption in this visa category if Au Pair is sponsored by a family checked by a reputable agency. Financial status is irrelevant as Au Pairs are given free Accommodation (board & lodging) within the family home AND a weekly pocket money of £80-£100.
  • With no cap on numbers.

Further parameters of Au Pair Visa to include:

  • Proof of official invitation by UK host family which is endorsed by an approved UK Au Pair Agency.
  • Age 18-30
  • Au Pairs to provide overseas Police Check (similar to our DBS)
  • Possible minimum level of English requirement
  • New Visa open to ALL nationalities (as with au pair visa in France, Netherlands, Germany) 
  • Length of stay 1 year, with opportunity to undertake other employment for a 2nd year once au pairs have learnt more about British culture.
  • All au pairs required to show proof  of private medical insurance, therefore no 'drain' on the NHS.

Aim of the Au Pair Visa

This category encourages the educated foreign youth community to come and experience life in the UK and being an Au pair for the first year is a great way to improve English to a higher standard and learn more about what it is like to live in the UK as part of a British family which would then enable the young person to then move on to a professional opportunity for year 2 of their visa.

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Au Pairing between the UK and EU is under severe threat from Brexit, which could spell an end to the ability of Au Pairs from the EU to join families in the UK, and an end to UK young people joining families in the EU.

Latest News #SaveAuPairs Campaign

Sandra Landau, MBE, of BAPAA is Live on BBC Television!!!

Sandra represented BAPAA (British Au Pair Agencies Association) and the @SaveAuPairs campaign on BBC Breakfast television on Thursday 30th Nov. 2018. In front of millions of  viewers Sandra extolled the benefits of using a BAPAA or IAPA (International Au Pair Association) accredited Au Pair Agency when finding a suitable au pair or host family.

BAPAA and IAPA promote the highest standards for the Au Pair cultural exchange programme. 

SaveAuPairs, BAPAA and IAPA back Regulation as the best means to ensure that every au pair and every host family has the best au pair experience possible.


  • Using a BAPAA and/ or IAPA endorsed agency will ensure that your host family or au pair will have been informed about the current rules of the au pair programme.
  • Both family and au pair will have unlimited access to their agency's guidance and assistance, both prior to and during the entire placement period. Living with a previously unknown family or young person is not always completely straight forward. Confidential Advice and sometimes intervention by an experienced, accredited agency can turn a previously fraught placement into a happy one.
  • References and paperwork on both sides (au pair and host family) will have been checked for au pair programme and immigration compliance by approved industry professionals. For families this includes the checking of your future au pairs DBS (criminal background check) and medical check.
  • Both sides will know the boundaries of the programme, what can be included and what not.
  • Having unlimited access to your agency's years of experience with au pair placements is invaluable, in terms of general advice and also in cases where there might be an issue.
  • Knowing that your chosen au pair agency follows strict procedural rules set down by their Association (BAPAA /IAPA) and work to an agreed Best Practice is a great comfort to host families and au pairs.
  • Au Pairs are given access to friend making apps and closed facebook groups. If an au pair still struggles to find other au pairs in their area your agency will contact fellow agencies to find them friends!
  • Au Pairs and Host families are also given a 'Welcome Pack' with written guidance for making your placement a success.
  • In a recognised agency families and candidates are 'matched'. This means that  although you as an au pair or host family will decide whom to engage, the initial matching will have been carried out already, according to your requests / circumstances and the au pair's own requests and attributes.
  • In the UK, BAPAA Au Pairs and BAPAA host families benefit from discounts on a wide variety of top entertainments and tours (eg. Alton Towers, Chessington, Madame Tussaud's)

Regulation, an au pair visa, means all au pair placements will only be made through an approved channel. This will not only protect all participants but will ensure that every participant will have the best experience and happiest experience possible. 

Au Pair agency fees in the UK are affordable for the vast majority of hosting families, many thousands of whom already value the benefits of using an approved agency.


Introduction of an Au Pair visa for the UK will also guarantee that this incredible cultural exchange, built around childcare, which is popular with tens of thousands of young men and women, will remain open to British au pairs going abroad and European au pairs coming to the UK after Brexit.

Thursday 30th November Sandra is live on BBC Breakfast, having been invited to speak about Au Pairs

Thursday 30th November Sandra is live on BBC Breakfast, having been invited to speak about Au Pairs

The Petition

Save au pairing in the UK

 AU PAIRING between the UK and EU is under severe threat from the uncertainty of Brexit, which could spell an end to au pairs from the EU joining families in the UK, and an end to UK young people joining families in the EU.

Au pairing is a unique form of cultural exchange for young people that is neither work nor holiday, and where visits last much longer than typical holidays. It therefore requires clear provision in immigration law for suitable rights that are different to work or holiday visas. These rights existed for 30 years before the UK joined the Common Market and will need to exist again after the UK leaves the EU. However, at present there seem to be NO PLANS for such arrangements in any Brexit proposals.

As a result, Europe’s oldest, simplest and most effective cultural exchange programme between the UK and EU countries could simply come to a halt.

This would mean an end to the mutually beneficial exchange that takes place between a young person and a family with children. An end to the tradition where a young person joins a family as a temporary family member, providing help with childcare and family activities in exchange for a secure place in the family and for pocket money. An end to the programme of individual learning (particularly of the host country language) and mutual cultural exchange.

It would also be a catastrophe for thousands of hard working families, as they struggle to adjust their work and living arrangements, and a hit on the productivity of UK plc.

This valuable experience needs to be protected, to give young people and families a clear and secure basis on which to continue to enjoy the benefits of au pairing.

We call on Theresa May, David Davis and UK negotiators, and on Jean-Claude Juncker, Michel Barnier and all EU Heads of State, to make clear and unambiguous arrangements that ensure the door stays open for young people throughout the EU to make extended visits to the UK and for UK young people to make extended visits to the EU for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of au pairing 

Save Europe’s oldest existing cultural exchange programme for the sake of young people and families.

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What do we need to save?

Au Pair Childcare

Thousands of British families depend on this form of cultural exchange, which is based around childcare, to enable them to to work. Au Pairs most commonly live with families with school aged children, where they are instrumental in managing family life. Au Pairs will take children to school and collect them again later. They also take children to their afternoon activities and many will even  prepare a simple meal for the children. This enables parents to work, which supports not only the family, but underpins the UK economy

Exploring Europe through Cultural Exchange

We have learned over the years that the world is a better place if we understand one another. Travel, meeting other people, experiencing different cultures and learning to speak their language makes people more tolerant and accepting of each other and of their different ways. 

This understanding renders us and future generations more capable of creating dialogue and collaborative working, as opposed to disagreements, wars and walls! 

Differences of opinion is a guarantee, it is how we deal with these that makes the world of difference.

Cultural Exchange

The Au Pair Programme is one of the safest and most inexpensive ways by which a young person can travel, learn another language and truly experience the authentic culture of a country. 

For many years after an au pair placement ends the au pair will continue to be an unofficial ambassador for that country, and will always seek to build bridges before building walls.

Au Pair comments

  

…recommend everybody to do it……best experience of my life…..enjoy what we do……fun experience…

Au Pair Yoli

 

"They are my family abroad"

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Maggie Dyer , BAPAA PR spokesperson

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Save Au Pairs is a campaign to save the Au Pair programme in the UK.


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