The most important information for au pairs

Interested au pairs should be aware that all au pair placements in the USA must be made through a designated agency under the official J-1 Visa Program.

It will always be necessary to have a personal interview with representatives of the chosen agency before the J-1 visa application can be processed. No fees should be paid in advance of this contact. Requests for payment that are made without such contact should be ignored as scam attempts.

Can I become an au pair in the USA?

Do our Quick Check to find out if you can work as an au pair in the USAUse the Quick Check to see if you fulfil requirements (age, nationality, etc.) to become an au pair in America (USA).

How can I become an au pair in the USA?

Prepare your stay following our step-by-step guideWhat do you have to consider before leaving your country? Which documents do you need?

Pocket money, working hours, time off etc. in the USA

Find out more about the practical aspects of au pairing What kind of support does your host family expect from you? How much holiday are you entitled to? Who pays your language course?

Don't forget: the au pair contract, insurance etc. in the USA

Do not forget to sign an au pair contract and to have a valid insuranceDo you have insurance coverage while you are abroad? Will your driving licence be valid? Do you need to sign a contract with your host family? What can you do for your own safety?

Frequently asked questions on the au pair stay in the USA

View of Brooklyn Bridge and ManhattanFind out the questions other au pairs have concerning the au pair stay in the USA.

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.

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