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Au Pair in USA: J1-visa information

The only way to go to the US as an Au Pair is with a valid J-1 visa! This visa can only be obtained if the participant is placed through a US Department of State designated Au Pair program and thereby follows the J-1 visa rules.

With the help of our US partner agency Agent Au Pair, it’s possible to register with us and apply for the program. Together, we will help Au Pairs find a Host Family.
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The US Department of State has strict rules regarding the Au Pair program. In order to become an Au Pair in the United States, the candidate will need a J-1 visa.

To apply for a legal J-1 Cultural Exchange Visitor Visa, the candidate needs the following documents:
  • A passport (valid until 6 months after your stay)
  • The DS 160 form
  • A biometric photo, 51 x 51 mm in size
  • The appointment confirmation
  • The DS 2019 form (will be in the info package)
  • Confirmation that the candidate paid the SEVIS fee (will be in the info package)
  • Confirmation that the candidate paid the visa fee ($160/120€)
  • Proof that the participant plans to return to their home country and can afford the flight back
  • The Au Pair and Host Family agreement
  • The invitation letter
The Au Pair needs to make an appointment at the closest US embassy or consulate to their hometown. Usually the applicant will get one within a couple of days. At the day of the appointment it is really important to think of all the documents needed, otherwise the applicant will have to get a new appointment.

At the embassy the applicant will present all the documents, have a small interview in English and fingerprints will be taken. The embassy will keep the participant’s passport for the visa. Within a week the passport including the visa will be sent to the Au Pair by mail.

The fee for the visa is $160. To become an Au Pair in the USA you can also fill out this form:

Become an Au Pair in the USA

Families and Au Pairs are part of the program for a year. Participants have the opportunity to extend their stay for another 6, 9 or 12 months.

Please, do not, under any circumstances, try to take part in the Au Pair program without an agency. It is illegal for families to invite someone to become their Au Pair and for an Au Pair to participate without an agency. It is not possible to participate with a Tourist Visa or ESTA form! Please follow the rules, otherwise you might be unable to enter the country.


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Eleanor
Mar, 06, 2020 - 08:03 pm
Does someone with a Zimbabwean passport qualify?
Julia, Aupair.com | Mar, 10, 2020 - 10:03 am
Hello Eleanor,

Thank you for your message! In general, the requirements focus more on personal qualities than on nationality. In order to check if you're eligible for the US program, you should get in touch with our US partner organization Agent Au Pair: https://www.aupair.com/en/agent-agent-au-pair-2/index.php They will help you with the process!

Your AuPair.com team
Annika
Mar, 12, 2020 - 04:03 pm
If I want to be an au pair in the states. Can I apply for a second job there?
Maryann, Aupair.com | Mar, 13, 2020 - 11:03 am
Hello Annika,

Thank you for you message! The J-1 visa in the US doesn't allow you to have a second job. You can find more information on the Au Pair program in the US here: https://j1visa.state.gov/programs/au-pair

Kind regards,
Your AuPair.com Team
Lucy
Mar, 19, 2020 - 05:03 pm
How can i get an agent....
Felicia, Aupair.com | Mar, 24, 2020 - 01:03 pm
Hello Lucy,

Thank you for your comment! You can get in touch with Agent Au Pair, our partner agency which works in the US: https://www.aupair.com/en/agent-agent-au-pair-2/index.php

Kind regards,
Your AuPair.com Team
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