Guide to waiting time for au pair permits


Information about how long you have to wait for an answer to your application for an au pair permit.

The information on this page is personalised for

What type of application have you submitted?: First time application (do not already have an au pair permit)

The waiting time is calculated from the date you handed in your documents to the police or the VFS Application Centre. 

If we need more information to process your application, we will contact you. If you call us, we will not be able to give you any further information regarding the waiting time than what you find here. 

Information for you who have applied for an au pair permit


After handing in your documents to the police or the VFS Application Centre, it may take up to 4 months before we go through your application.

  • If information or documents are missing from your application, we will contact you. 
  • If your application is complete and does not require additional investigations, we will process your case, and you will receive a decision from us. 
  • If your case requires additional investigation, this will be conducted. How long it will take to complete the investigations will vary. You can read more about what the additional investigations may involve. 

This information was last updated on 

25 January 2024

. It will be updated again on 

29 February 2024

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