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Can Au Pairs enter the UK on a Visit Visa?

Posted by: Gherson Immigration

You must not hire an au pair if they're here on a visitor visa or visiting the UK for 6 months or less, the UK government says.

Recent changes to Home Office guidance in relation to visit visas have been implemented

Can Au Pairs enter the UK on a Visit Visa?

Key changes include:

  • Visitors are expressly prohibited from acting as an au pair in the UK;
  • Visitors are permitted to job seek and/or attend interviews in the UK, however, this should be with a view to securing skilled work which is capable of being sponsored under the Skilled Worker route;
  • Visitors are permitted to undertake installation, repair and servicing work in the UK, however, this should be for one month or less; and
  • Visitors should be more likely to be granted long-term, multiple entry visas where they apply for one, as Home Office guidance no longer refers to one needing to demonstrate a genuine intention to visit the UK on a regular basis.

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