Student Visa as "au pair"


The Consulate General in Miami has jurisdiction over the following States: Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. If your permanent residence is in one of these States you must apply at this Consulate. If your permanent residence is in another State contact the Consulate that has jurisdiction over your State.
Honorary Viceconsulates of Spain are not allowed to issue visas. 

An applicant will be considered an “au pair” when there is not a working  but a collaborative relation with the family  characterized by the following:
a) The “au pair” will have the address of the family with whom she/he  will live.
b) These services or housework will be only complimentary to the main purpose
c) The au pair will not receive a salary for these services.

Must apply for a visa in person. For minor children  must be made by your parent(s)/legal guardian(s) bring original and copy of parent's driver license, Birth Certificate of the minor child with the Apostille Certification and a notarized permission to travel. Final judgment of dissolution of marriage and the custody agreement concerning the children of divorced parents.

The applicant must be between 17 and 30 year of age.
The process to get this type of visa might take 4 weeks aprox. This General Consulate recommends not to purchase plane tickets until your visa has been approved.
At the time of you appointment please bring the following documents:
1. National Visa Application form, completed and signed.
2. Two recent pictures, passport size pictures (white background) glued to the application forms.
3. Passport valid for one year and at least two empty pages. Original and copy.
4. Permit to return to the United States of America in the form of: a resident card, or a student/work visa that is stamped on the passport and is valid for a period of three months beyond the expected stay in the Schengen area, or the period of validity of the visa, whichever is longer. (N/A TO US CITIZEN) Original and copy.
5. Driver License and School I.D. with current address. Original and copy.
6. Official certificate of admission addressed to this Consulate, in Spanish, issued in Spain, verifying enrollment as a full-time student, leading to a degree or certificate in a educational institution authorized in Spain.  This letter must mention: name of the program, duration (starting date and ending of the program), school's address, the name and phone number of the person to contact at the school in Spain. Copy.
7. Proof of health insurance: the applicant must have a private insurance against disease. Half of the private insurance will be covered by the host family and the person  interested in an au pair placement.
8. Proof of means of support: the applicant must have secured the financial means to cover living expenses and to return home

9. Au pair placement Agreement between the two parties must state the Rights and obligation of the “au pair” person and the host family respectively. It should contain:
a) duration of the placement agreement, with a maximum of one year which may be extended by another year.

b) participation in services or chores, no more than 5 hours a day.

c) provision of one full day off per week. At least one of the days off each month will be a Sunday and the au pair must be given the best facilities to participate in religious activities.

d) the address which the placed “au pair” will share with the host family, and enjoy a certain negree of indipendence.

e) commitment of the host family to allow the person sufficient time to attend language courses and to improbé their cultural and professional with knowledge (facilities schedule).

f) the pocket Money concept “amount that the au pair will receive monthly”.

g) the agreement must allow both parties to terminate the contract by giving a two weeks notice.

10. A notarized invitation letter from the host family in Spain.
If the duration of the stay in Spain is longer than six months:
11. Local Health Certificate with letterhead, stamp, and signature of the Doctor translated into Spanish.

Effective immediately, June 2009, health certificates submitted to this office must verify that applicant/patient is free of any illnesses that could have serious repercussions to public health and that could easily spread internationally.
The first list includes smallpox, poliomyelitis by wild poliovirus, the human influenza caused by a new subtype of virus and the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The second list includes cholera, pneumonic plague, yellow fever, viral hemorrhagic fevers (e.g.: Ebola, Lassa, Marburg), West Nile Virus and other illnesses of special importance nationally or regionally (e.g.: Dengue Fever, Rift Valley Fever and meningococcal disease).

For this reason, the mandatory health certificate that should be submitted with residence visa applications and student visa applications for more than 180 days of stay, must verify the information listed above in a manner similar to the following:
"This health certificate verifies that Mr. /Mrs. /Ms (...) does not suffer from any illnesses that could cause serious repercussions to public health according to the specifications of the international sanitary regulation of 2005."
This certificate cannot be older than 3 months from the application date.

12.  Original certificate of good conduct (police clearance) issued by the US Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
 Contact FBI at (304) 625-3878 or at

              Currently, the applicant may choose to bring, instead of the certificate from FBI, the State “Public criminal background check” issued by the Department of Law Enforcement” of Florida, Georgia or South Carolina.

        This document, either the FBI one or the Department of Law Enforcement one, has to be translated into Spanish and legalized with the Apostille Certification where police clearance letter was issued.

If the applicant has spent six month or more during the last five years in another country, he/she must submit the police record from that country, legalized with the Apostil Certification and translated into Spanish. If the country is not part of the Haye Convention the document must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then by the Spanish Consulate of that country.

This certificate cannot be older than 3 months from the application date.

13. Visa Fee, payable with MONEY ORDER to the order of "CONSULATE GENERAL OF SPAIN". 

Passports must be left at this Consulate for processing. Apply at least five weeks before your trip to allow enough time to process your visa.

If you have time to wait for your passport to be returned by mail, bring a prepaid US Postal Service Express-Mail Envelope with appropriate postage and completed mailing label form. Other express delivery service, certified or registered mail are not accepted. Tracking of mailed items is the responsibility of the applicant.


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