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.
Use the Quick Check to see if you fulfil requirements (age, nationality, etc.) to become an au pair in America (USA).
What do you have to consider before leaving your country? Which documents do you need?
What kind of support does your host family expect from you? How much holiday are you entitled to? Who pays your language course?
Do 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?
Find out the questions other au pairs have concerning the au pair stay in the USA.