Visa to work as an Au-Pair

07.02.2024 - Article

Here you will find information on the documents to be submitted for a visa application to work as an au pair

General Information

  • Documents that are not issued in German must be submitted together with a recognised German translation. This does not apply to the data page of the passport.
  • Certificates, diplomas, etc. must be submitted in the original with apostille/legalisation.
  • Flight bookings are not required to apply for a visa - please book only after you have received your visa.
  • The representation reserves the right to request further documents.
  • Incomplete documents will delay the procedure and may lead to rejection

Required Documents

To apply, you will need the following original documents plus one set of copies to present at your appointment at the Embassy. We highly recommend to use the information sheet as a checklist and bring it as a print out for your appointment.
Please pay attention that all Tanzanian documents issued by an authority of the state needs to be legalised.

Please sort the individual sets in the order listed below.
Information Sheet

In your application form (VIDEX) you enter all the information about your entry and your stay in Germany. You must complete this form and print it out once, sign and date it.

If you are a minor, your legal representatives must sign the application and declare their consent.

To the form

A recent biometric photo (3.5 x 4.5 cm with a light background)

Information on biometric photos can be found here

Your passport must be signed and valid for at least one year from the date your visa is issued.
Please note that the document must still have at least two blank pages (if the decision is positive, your visa will be affixed here later).

Do you not have Tanzanian citizenship?

If you are not a Tanzanian citizen, please provide us with your Tanzanian residence permit.

Proof of your residence in Tanzania can be, for example, a copy of your electricity bill, water bill or gas bill.or a rent contract.

For non- Tanzanian nationals: Tanzanian residence permit

Original and signed au pair contract according to the model published by the Federal Employment Agency (BA). A printout, Scan or fax copy will be accepted if the au pair relationship was arranged by an agency with the RAL quality mark).

Questionnaire completed by the host family as well as residence registration certificate of the guest family (copy)

Self-written letter of motivation with a copy; this should outline the expectations associated with the planned stay and the expected professional and personal benefits as well as future plans. (please provide confirmation of re-employment at a company or re-enrollment at a university if applicable)

Personally drafted complete curriculum vitae, detailing in particular training to date and, where applicable, periods of employment, and, if applicable, professional activity with a copy.

Information on the Europass format: Europass.

Proof of German language skills at level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g. the “Start Deutsch 1” certificate from the Goethe Institute, with the exception of German native speakers. (Proof by presenting a recognised certificate in the original and a copy). The institution issuing the language certificate must be ALTE-certifiedan ALTE-certified institution.

Proof of qualification, for example, diplomas, certificates, work log with translation

Persons with statutory health insurance cover are adequately insured from the first day of work. Please provide proof of your statutory insurance cover.
If you arrive before the statutory health insurance cover begins, you must take out appropriate supplementary insurance.
If a long or permanent stay is planned, some travel health insurance policies may exclude insurance cover in their terms and conditions. This restriction may also apply to an “incoming” insurance policy, so please ensure that your supplementary insurance policy provides adequate cover. Further information here

In certain cases, additional documents may be required.

Processing time:

Due to the regular need for approval from the authorities in Germany, you should generally allow eight weeks for your visa application to be processed (calculated from the time you submit the complete application documents to the diplomatic mission abroad).

Please do not request a status update – these will not be answered but ignored.



Appointments are made via an online system. It is not possible to make an appointment by telephone. You can find all information here

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