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Hiring Au Pair, Non-EU Family in Zurich

Hi There,

I plan to hire a live-in Au Pair to help our family with our small children. We are non-EU citizens in Zurich on a B permit.

I am aware of the information regarding Swiss Au Pair requirements as set out below and have found a few suitable applicants we would like to interview, but we need help with the step-by-step process of getting this done. Who do I call, what forms do I need and what is the process?

I have a contract that was written by a colleague and accepted by the authorities, which we are planning to adapt. Once we have found a suitable person and have an agreed contract, do I visit the Office of Emigration? Then what? What issues have people come across that I should be aware of or look out for?

Thank you in advanced for your help!

Known info:
[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']Aupair Visa Switzerland - Au Pair Program in Switzerland[/FONT]
[FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']General Visa Conditions:[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']You will receive room and board with a host family in exchange for approximately 25-30 hours of weekly work (housework, baby-sitting, etc.)[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']You have the right to 1 ½ days off per week (at least one Sunday a month) and 4 weeks' vacation per year (5 weeks if you are less than 20 years old).[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']You will be paid between 600 and 700 CHF per month depending on the age, experience and hours of work.[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Employee’s share of of social costs "AVS" can be deducted from the salary. This amounts to 7% of the salary (including the payment in nature, so room and board accounted at about 30 sfr per diem), so a total salary of about 1400 sfr. /month, for a cost to the EE of about 100 SFR. (although, many families will bear this cost, but it isn't an obligation).[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Your employer is required to enroll you in a language school within 4 weeks of entering the country, and will cover 50% of these expenses. There is a legal obligation of adjusting the au pair time schedules so that she can participate in language courses.[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Tax at source, employee’s contributions to the OAP/II/EO/UI, half of the premiums for health insurance and the total premium for non-occupational accidents may be deducted from the aupair’s pay. The aupair is obligated to pay taxes on income in the year the 19th birthday is attained. [/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']The insurance is assumed paid by the au pair, EU insurances will be valid in CH. An accident insurance will be payable by the employer. No additional health insurance will be paid by the employer.[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']The housewife or houseman does not have the same mother tongue as the au pair.[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']The guest family’s child or children are under 16 years of age.[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']The housewife or houseman is present during at least half the au pair’s working hours.[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Families and individuals who have no children may not employ au pairs.[/FONT]
[FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Rules for EU citizens seeking AuPair Jobs in Switzerland[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']EU nationals are between the ages of 18-30.[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']EU nationals do not need a special visa, only a residence permit.[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']EU nationals can extend their stay in Switzerland up to 2 years.[/FONT]
[FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Rules for Non-EU citizens seeking AuPair Jobs in Switzerland[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Non-EU nationals are between the ages of 18-25[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']All nationalities are accepted, however, families hiring non-EU citizens must work with a licensed Swiss agency to obtain the required visa and work/residence permit. [/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Non-EU candidates can stay for one year only, and the aupair must leave Switzerland at the end of the 1-year contract period.[/FONT]
  • [FONT='Verdana','sans-serif']Permits for au pairs from abroad are issued subject to quota regulations. Limits are placed on the numbers of individuals from specific countries who may come to Switzerland.[/FONT]
Source: http://aupair-visa-switzerland.greataupair.com/
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