Working As A Nanny in Korea: Full-Time and Part-Time

Do you want to work as a nanny in South Korea? As foreigners began immigrating to South Korea in higher numbers, many babysitting jobs have opened. Some choose to bring their own babysitter along, while others will choose a new one. However, even some Korean families prefer having English-speaking babysitters and bring their children up in a multicultural environment. If you are looking for a full-time or a part-time babysitting job, or are looking to hire or sponsor a babysitter, here is what you need to know.



In order to work as a nanny in South Korea, you must have an appropriate work visa. If you are looking to hire a babysitter or sponsor one, the eligibility criteria for sponsoring a visa is the following.

If on a D7 or E7 visa, the gross income of the sponsor must be at least 3 times the one of the Korean national average. Ar the present time, that amount is 75mil KRW. Moreover, the age of your child should be under 13 years old.

If on a D8 visa, besides the sponsor’s yearly income having to be at least 75mil KRW, the sponsor must also have an executive status in the company for investments of at least $500.000, and the company must be in the High-Tech (science) field for investments between $100.000 and $500.000.



In order to be able to immigrate to South Korea as a foreign nanny, you will have to meet certain criteria. You age must be between 20 and 58 years old and you must have graduated high school. If you have experience in working as babysitter in your native country, make sure you can provide your new employers with recommendations.

Visa Application Procedures

A visa issuance application must be filed by the sponsor at the local Immigration Office. The necessary forms are to be obtained from the Immigration Office. After the application was filed, the Office will investigate the application. This should not take more than two weeks to one month.

Once approved, the sponsor will be sent through regular mail the visa issuance permission number. He must send this to the nanny through regular mail (meaning an original hard-copy, not a scan).

Using the visa issuance permission number, the nanny will apply for a visa in their country of residence, at the Korean Embassy or Consulate. It is advised that the applicant calls the Embassy/Consulate first, as there might be differences as far as the required paperwork is concerned.

Once the nanny’s visa has been issued, she is eligible to relocate to South Korea. The time the Embassy or Consulate will take to issue the visa will differ from country to country – ask how long you need to wain when applying.

After arriving in South Korea, the nanny must apply for an Alien Registration Card within 90 days. This can be done at your local Immigration Office.


Live In/Live Out

A live in nanny makes less money than a live out one. However, when living with a family, they will cover your lodging and your food. Additionally, you can expect to have your own room. Moreover, some families pay the cell phone bills of their nannies and put cars at their disposal. On the downside, live in nannies are usually assigned housekeeping duties. Housekeeping duties are not paid very well.

A good percentage of the families who hire live-in foreign nannies are related to the army. It could be that both parents work in the army so they are looking for a stable nanny. If you get chosen by a dual military couple you’re in luck! You don’t have to worry about the stability of your job for a while.

As a live out nanny, you cover your own room and board but you have more independence and privacy.  You can also expect to earn more money. Additionally, you will have a more stable schedule than a live in nanny.

General Wages

The minimum wage is around 1mil KRW up to 1.5mil KRW. This will be depending on whether you are a live-in or live-out nanny and the number of children under your care. Moreover, if your duties include tidying up or cooking you can expect to be paid more.


A live-in nanny generally has only one day off, this can be a weekday, but it will most likely be a Sunday. A live out nanny will work 10-12 hours at most.


More Than A Nanny

Families can ask you to do some cooking and cleaning for them. You will be paid more for this, and it will not generally be too hard. Some of the tasks nannies are usually assigned are:

  • Laundry and ironing for the children
  • Tidying up the children’s room
  • Cleaning up toys
  • Cooking the children’s meals

However, if they want you in charge of housekeeping we recommend that you ask to be remunerated accordingly.

Part-Time Babysitting

If your Visa status allows part-time work or if you are a student in South Korea (including exchange students) you generique du viagra prix can get a babysitting job. While babysitting comes with a lot of responsibility, it also comes with a lot of free time. If you are babysitting during evenings the chances are the little ones are asleep by 9 which leaves you plenty of time to study.

Where To Find Work

You can contact an agency which will interview you and put you in contact with families in need of babysitting services. Alternatively, you can have a go at it yourself. There are communities  where families directly post ads for nannies.

When getting a job through such communities a really big help is having recommendations from previous employers. Since you did not undergo an agency screening this is the only way the parents can check your abilities before hiring you.

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