(National visa, category D, long term/permanent)
Au-pair visas are intendend for applicants who have an au-pair contract in Germany. In addition to providing documentation regarding the au-pair assignment, the applicant will also need to show German language skills (minimum A1 level).
To apply for your visa at the German Embassy Nairobi:
- Check if you can apply at the German Embassy Nairobi
- Make sure you have the required German language skills
- Make sure you have all the necessary documents
- Book your visa appointment online
- Come to the German Embassy Nairobi for your appointment
- Wait up to 9 weeks for approval of your visa request
- Make travel arrangements only once you have your visa
- Welcome to Germany!
Who can apply at the German Embassy Nairobi?
Please note that all long term visa applicants will have to apply in person at the German Embassy Nairobi, as finger prints need to be taken of each applicant. It is therefore no longer possible to send applications via courrier services to the German Embassy.
Yes. The German Embassy Nairobi will issue long term category D national visa to applicants residing in Kenya (Kenyans and other). Nationals other than Kenyans will have to show a valid resident-permit and re-entry pass.
Please note that the Honorary Consul in Mombasa cannot issue long term visa.
Yes. The German Embassy Nairobi will issue long term category D national visa to applicants residing in Seychelles (Seychellois and other). Nationals other than Kenyans will have to show a valid resident-permit and re-entry pass for the Seychelles.
Please note that the Honorary Consul in the Seychelles cannot issue any visa.
Documents required for an au-pair visa
The following documents are required for an au-pair visa. Please note that only complete applications will be accepted. Incomplete applications, forged documents and false information will result in immediate rejection and might lead to prosecution.
Kenyan and Seychellois nationals, residing in their respective country: original passport of applicant and 2 copies of the same. The passport must still be valid for a minimum of 6 months. The passport must have at least two empty pages and cannot be older than 10 years.
Proof of German language competence, at minimum of A1 level. Any of the following certificates will be recognised:
A1 certificate from Goethe Institut Nairobi,
KCSE certificate from KNEC, with minimum grade of B minus, not older than 4 years and TestDAF recognised
Au-pair contract (original and two copies)
Letter from the host in Germany, giving a guarantee that all costs will be met by the host, including a guarantee for a return flight to Kenya.
In addition, a copy of the ID (passport or national ID card) of the German host. Copy must include the signature page.
Proof of age (birth certificate). The applicant must be 17 years at the youngest and 26 years at the oldest at the time of application.
For minor applicants: declaration of consent by parent having the custody and care of the child, together with a certification of a Notary Public (original and two copies).
School leaving certificate (plus KCSE certificate from KNEC).
If applicable, proof of previous academic studies and/or professional trainings.
Original and one copy of medical insurance for the duration of stay, with minimum cover of EUR 30,000 and valid for the whole Schengen area.
Please note: the following list of insurance companies only lists the Kenyan insurance companies which fulfill the Schengen requirements for medical insurance. The insurance can also be purchased from any other insurance company operating in any Schengen country if fulfilling these requirements.
List of Schengen approved insurance companies [pdf, 77.64k]
Book your visa appointment now!
Visa appointments can only be obtained online. Please note that processing of a category C Schengen visa (e.g. business, visitor's, medical) will take 7 working days (in exceptional cases up to 15 working days). The processing of a long term category D visa (e.g. marriage, family reunion) can take up to 9 weeks.
Online visa appointment
Schengen visa (short-term):
- Adult (12 years and above): EUR 60,-
- Minor (6-11 years): EUR 35,-
- Child (0-5 years): exempted
National visa (long-term):
- Adult (18 years and above): EUR 75,-
- Minor : EUR 37,50
- By credit card (international cards only)
- Cash, payable in Kenya Shillings, at the Embassy's current exchange rate
Exemption of fees (all categories, free visa):
- Spouses and minor children of German or E.U. nationals
- Parents of German or E.U. minor children