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Germany does not issue childcare visas

Germany does not issue childcare visas

The coron pandemic creates problems for young families in need of child care. Who will come as an au-pair to Germany can not get a visa at the moment.

There are around 15,000 young people working as au-pairs in Germany, more than 9,000 of them from outside the EU. Topping the list: Colombia and Georgia, followed by Ukraine, Russia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Brazil and Vietnam.

The term au-pair comes from the French and means "reciprocally", which means that young people who come as an au-pair to a German family have to take care of the children 30 hours a week and do light work house. For this work and help the family guarantees a separate room, food, pocket money 280 euros per week, the right to vacation and free time as well as attending a course in German. That is why there are many young people who consider the offer attractive because it enables them to know intensively the language and culture of the country where they go. 

But due to the pandemic, many young people from outside the EU find it impossible to come to Germany because they cannot obtain a visa. This is also a problem for German families, because when both parents work there is no one to take care of their children.

Great demand that opens paths to illegality

The Au-pair Mediation Association in Germany knows of cases in which young people from non-EU countries have entered the EU through France and then come to work as an au-pair in Germany. There are also many cases of young people whose contracts expire as au-pair and visas, but who are still in Germany, receive financially attractive offers on social media to stay and transfer to another family, even illegally.

Due to the increase in the number of crown infections in Germany, the government is not expected to decide before the spring of next year that young women and young people who want to come as an au-pair in a German family will have the right to obtain visas. ./DW