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
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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