Foreign nationals wishing to work as au-pairs in Switzerland require a work permit. All applications must be submitted to the Office of Economy and Labour (AWA).
Non-EU/EFTA (third countries)
Applications relating to third-country nationals must be submitted to the AWA by a licensed and official Swiss au-pair organisation. Hence, au-pair families may not submit applications directly to the AWA. The Federal Office for Migration, reference 4.4.11 (PDF, 1.9 MB, in German only) has entrusted the official au-pair organisations with the duty of conducting the prior reviews.
EU-28/ EFTA member states (incl. Croatia)
Since au-pair applications are not subject to the Agreement on the Free Movement of People, respective applications including the contract must also be submitted to the AWA for au-pairs from EU-/EFTA member states.
A submission of the application by a licensed and official Swiss au-pair organisation is not required.
Please submit the completed application by post to the following address:
Office of Economy and Labour
Important note: Do not submit applications by e-mail!