Immigration Rules: Au Pairs - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:58 pm on 8th November 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Hodgson of Abinger Baroness Hodgson of Abinger Conservative 2:58 pm, 8th November 2021

My Lords, the au pair scheme was formalised by the Council of Europe in 1969. It is an excellent scheme: it gives hard-working families the benefit of flexible childcare, and au pairs leave the UK with improved English and are great ambassadors, as well as giving business to our English language schools. Brexit has meant that there is no available visa route to bring au pairs to the UK. According to the British Au Pair Agencies Association, Caroline Nokes, the Immigration Minister in 2019, gave assurances that there would be a temporary visa work route for au pairs, but this has not happened. Can my noble friend the Minister inform the House of when we can expect this to occur and will she undertake to expedite this issue?