Thank you very much for your response.
I appreciate your advice about applying for a permanent residency status first. This makes a lot of sense considering a much lower financial investment. Many thanks for a useful web link.
However, having worked as an aupair only means that I don't have a weekly or monthly evidence in form of slips. Being an aupair is not a formal job, wages are pocket money. I don't have the evidence that aupairing provides a low income as no formal documentation confirming such income has ever been required of me. Perhaps this is because I never claimed benefits or other forms of support.
In this situation do you think I could use my bank statements and letters from families I have worked for as a form of evidence instead of slips? I could provide some information about past transactions from my bank but I've had an account only for about 4 years as my family used to pay me in cash at the beginning
How could I obtain a formal evidence about obtaining a low income? For example, would the letters from the families suffice?
I will be thankful for additional information.
Thank you again for your reply. I haven't really thought it might help to get in touch with an accountant- this piece of advice is very appreciated.
So you are suggesting that from a legal point of view I could classify as a self-employed person? Perhaps I could also rely on the government approved official aupair organisation, BAPA, which mentions the amount of working hours of an aupair, specifies their income and tax exemption rights plus justifications for such exemptions. BAPA also gives more specific information about aupairs' more unique, non-employment status.
Do you think this could be useful?
These are my two last questions- I promise! I would be more than thankful if you could provide your final answers.