Au-pair visa

(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:

  1. Check if you can apply at the German Embassy Nairobi
  2. Make sure you have the required German language skills
  3. Make sure you have all the necessary documents
  4. Book your visa appointment online 
  5. Come to the German Embassy Nairobi for your appointment
  6. Wait up to 9 weeks for approval of your visa request
  7. Make travel arrangements only once you have your visa
  8. 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.

  • Kenya residents: yes

    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.

  • Seychelles residents: yes

    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.

  • Passport

    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.

  • Photographs

    Two identical biometric photographs, passport size (3.5cm x 4.5 cm), no older than 3 months, bright background, one attached to application form and one loose.

    Biometric photograph instructions [pdf, 550.79k]

  • Proof of German language competence

    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

    Au-pair contract (original and two copies)

  • Letter of obligation and ID from the host in Germany

    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 (age limit for au-pair visa: from 17 to 26 years)

    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 certificates

    School leaving certificate (plus KCSE certificate from KNEC).

    If applicable, proof of previous academic studies and/or professional trainings.

  • Medical insurance

    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.

Visa fees

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

Payment options:

  • 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

Download your au-pair visa check-list

You will find all information regarding application procedures and the list of required documents on this check-list:

Checklist au-pair visa (Kenya residents) [pdf, 98.99k]

Contact the visa section

Visa section

Telephone service of the visa section (information only):

Tue and Thu 15:00-16:00 hrs (Kenya)
(Summer CET + 1h, Winter CET + 2h)

Kindly note that all visa inquiries must be directed to the below-mentioned e-mail address. Please do not use the contact form for visa inquiries.

+254-(0)20-4262 140
+254-(0)20-4262 129

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