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Host Families - Au Pair in USA


Au Pairs and Nannies have provided millions of American families with flexible and affordable child care. AuPair.com offers a wide selection of candidates with varying levels of experience and skills from around the world, as well as from the USA.  

There are different regulations for hosting an Au Pair from outside of the USA or from within the USA, so we will explain both options, so you can decide what is best for your family.
 

Hosting Au Pairs from Outside of the USA


If your family is interested in hosting an Au Pair from outside of the USA, you MUST work with a US Government designated Au Pair Agency to obtain a legal J-1 Visa.
 
International Au Pairs and their host families MUST apply to and meet the requirements of their selected agency.  Au Pairs will arrive in the USA with a legal US Department of State issued J-1 Visa, which will allow them to be placed in the USA for one year, with the possibility of an extension or a total of up to 24 months.
 
Host families are required to:
 
  • Have at least 1 child under the age of 17 (most host families have at least 1 child under the age of 6)
  • Provide an appropriate suitable private room and three meals a day for the Au Pair
  • Pay a weekly minimum stipend based on the program option selected, which ranges between $145 to $250 per week in addition to the placement agency’s program fees
  • Ensure their Au Pair does not exceed 10 hours a day/45 hours a week of childcare work
  • Pay up to $500 toward the cost of the Au Pair’s required academic course work
  • Live in an area that is serviced by a designated agency, which requires a local representative of the agency be within 1 hour drive time from the host family residence
  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents fluent in spoken English
  • Give the Au Pair one complete weekend off each month (Friday evening to Monday morning)
  • Facilitate the care provider’s requirement to enroll in and attend an accredited post-secondary institution to fulfill her Educational Component requirement
  • Provide a minimum of two weeks paid vacation for each year
  • Include the Au Pair whenever possible in family meals, outings, holidays and other events
  • Host families and Au Pairs must sign an Agreement detailing the Au Pair’s obligation to provide child care prior to the Au Pair’s placement in the host family’s home
In addition, host families will coordinate their Au Pairs arrival their selected agency.  Agency program fees include Au Pair screening, background checks, reference checks, training, orientation, medical and liability insurance, professional local support and travel expenses from their country to the USA.  
 
The total cost of an international Au Pair through a US Government designated agency including agency fees, Au Pair pocket money and other associated fees generally ranges from $18,000 to $28,000 per year.  The average weekly cost ranges from $350 to $550 per week, depending upon the program and agency of choice.
 
AuPair.com has relationships with several J-1 designated organizations and we can help you to find the program that best suits your family’s needs.
 

Hosting Au Pairs/Nannies from the USA


Hiring an Au Pair or nanny that is a US Citizen or Green Card holder may offer even more flexible care than an international Au Pair, as they are not limited to 45 hours per week and a one year program duration. 
 
Au Pair and nanny wages will vary based upon where the host family lives and the experience level of the candidate and the number of hours worked.  
 
According to the International Nanny Agency (INA) 2012 Salary and Benefits Survey, the average weekly salary for a full time live-in US nanny/Au Pair is $652 or $33,900 per year, plus insurance and other expenses.
 
We encourage American families that hire an Au Pair or nanny from the USA to follow local and federal guidelines regarding employment.  Should you pay your caregiver $1,900 or more in a calendar year, you may be treated as an employer by the IRS.  This responsibility will include tax and payroll responsibilities.  We suggest you speak with a tax accountant or learn more about “Nanny Tax” guidelines in your area to ensure you are in compliance.
 
If you would like to hire an American Au Pair or nanny, please set your search criteria to USA to find your perfect match.  
 

What should my Au Pair do / NOT do?

 
The main task of an Au Pair should always related to caring for their host family’s children. Typical activities include:
 
  • Watching the children while their parents are at work
  • Playing with the children
  • Helping the children get ready for school and activities
  • Taking the children to school and activities
  • Preparing meals for the children
  • Washing the children’s clothing
  • Light housework related to the children
Au Pairs should NOT:
 
  • Clean the host parent’s room
  • Cook for the whole family
  • Take care of pets
  • Look after someone else's children
*Please note these rules may not apply when hiring a US Au Pair or nanny, as the host family and their caregiver will mutually agree to the household duties and associated wages. 
 

Additional Resources

 
Find out more information about hosting an Au Pair on AuPair-USA.net
 
Further information about regulations on visa application
 
For more specific information, on the J-1 Visa check the J-visa application!
Check the general costs of hosting an Au Pair in the USA on AuPair.net
To learn more about the requirements to become an Au Pair in the USA, click here: AuPair-USA.net
 
Our website cannot be held liable for any information, opinion or recommendation expressed here, so you are strongly advised to seek legal advice.

AuPair.com cannot be held liable for any information, opinion or recommendation expressed in this website, so you are strongly advised to seek legal advice