Student “Au Pair” Visa
PLEASE NOTE: The consular jurisdiction of the Embassy of Spain in Canberra covers Canberra and Queanbeyan ONLY.  Applicants will be required to present proof of residence in this consular jurisdiction (driver licence, student card).

If you live elsewhere in Australia, for further information and to lodge a visa application, please contact the Consular Office of Spain in your place of residence, according to the list below:

For residents of NSW, QLD & NT   
Consulate-General of Spain in Sydney   
Level 24, St. Martin’s Tower    
31 Market Street, SYDNEY NSW 2000    
Ph: (02) 9261 2433                                   
Fax: (02) 9283 1695                                

For residents of VIC, SA, TAS & WA
Consulate-General of Spain in Melbourne
146 Elgin Street
Ph: (03) 9347 1966
Fax: (03) 9347 7330


An au pair student visa is a visa that allows for a collaborative NOT working relationship between the au pair and the family and is characterized by:
- Au pairs will live with the family
- The services will be complementary to the main purpose 
- Au pairs will not receive a salary
- Age requirement: applicants must be between 17 & 30 years old

PLEASE NOTE that Australian citizens do not require a visa to study in Spain for under 90 days.

Visa processing may take up to one month.  Applicants must lodge their visa applications in person and collect their visas, if approved, also in person. Approved visas that are not collected within one month from the date of written notification of approval, will be withdrawn. 

To lodge an application, please contact the Consular office at the Embassy of Spain by email at to make an appointment.

Please note that during the examination of a visa application, some additional documents may be requested in order to determine that all requirements to obtain the visa are met.  

You will be required to present original documents and a photocopy.  Originals will be returned after they are sighted at the Consular office.

For visas of over 180 days, if granted, the visa label is valid for 90 days so it must be presented at the Oficina de Extranjería (Immigration Office) or “Comisaría de Policía, Departamento de Extranjería” during the first month from the date of arrival in Spain to apply for your residency card which will replace your visa once in Spain. 

Please submit: 
1. National visa application form: The application forms must be filled in duplicate, signed and dated. 

2. Passport: Passport or travel document (with a minimum validity of the student’s intended stay in Spain) 

3. Two recent passport size photos: (White Background, 2x2in) One per application form (glued, not stapled). 

4. Original Letter of acceptance from a study centre recognised by the Spanish government, duration of the program (date of start & date that finishes); hours of study per week (20 at least). This course will have to have the same duration than your stay with the “au pair visa”. 

5. Planned travel itinerary (return flights, must be able to show proof of bookings)

6. Proof of financial means 
- Bank statements showing transactions of the last three months previous to the date of the application, 
- If supported by parents: Statutory declaration from parents or person assuming financial responsibility, which must be accompanied by parents/guardians ID and bank statements. 

7. Non-Australian citizens will have to provide evidence of their legal residence in Australia (E.g.: valid Australian residence visa). 

8. Proof of having international medical insurance with an insurance company authorised to operate in Spain. Must include hospital and medical, medical evacuation and repatriation of remains. Half of the Private Insurance premiums will be covered by the host family and the person interested in an au pair placement.

9. Au pair placement agreement a Letter of Agreement entered and signed between the two parties, which must state the rights and obligations of the "au pair" 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 degree of independence. 
e) Commitment of the host family to allow the person sufficient time to attend language courses and to improve 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. 
h) A letter of invitation sent from the host family in Spain to the applicant must accompany the au pair Application Form. This letter of invitation must be obtained from the local emigration Office by the host family in Spain. 

10. Minors (persons under 18 years of age) must present: 
Birth certificate 
A written authorisation to travel
A written legalised authorisation to travel to Spain from parents or guardians. The document must be translated into Spanish.
Proof of financial means
A statutory declaration from parents or guardians assuming full financial responsibility for all expenses incurred by the minor during his/her stay in Spain. 
Photocopies of parents/guardians ID (driver licence/passport) and financial records.

For stays of over 180 days: 
11. Police Criminal Record clearance: 
- From the Australian authorities (Australian Federal Police) (name and fingerprints) 
- From the appropriate authorities of any other countries where the applicant has lived during the past five years. 
Please note that:
Police clearances cannot be older than three (3) months from the date of the application.
Non-Australian documents must be translated into English or Spanish in their countries of origin and legalised by the appropriate Consular office of Spain or apostilled. 
12. Medical Certificate a statement signed by a doctor indicating that ‘the patient has been examined and found free of any contagious diseases according to the International Health Regulation 2005’. This certificate cannot be older than three (3) months from the date of application. 

- Please visit our website to check the most recent visa fees. We only accept cash as we have no ATM or EFTPOS facilities. 
- Please note that visa processing fees are non-refundable. 


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