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J-1 Visa Cost and Process for US Families

US Families choosing to hire international aupairs are required to go through an Au Pair Agency designated by the US Department of State to obtain a legal J-1 visa for their Au Pair. J-1 partner agencies give GreatAuPair families a pre-matched discount that more than covers the subscription fees. Agencies provide visa processing and year long support to candidates and host families. Non-US families without green cards are restricted to hiring US citizens. Please see the requirements under Au Pair Visa Requirements by Country.

Through our Full-Service AuPair Agency Program, agency fees are posted. Be sure you understand all the costs associated with hiring an aupair, whether you go through an agency or whether you hire an aupair directly. See Au Pair & Nanny Salary.

To begin hiring your aupair through an agency, the process is as follows:

  1. We verify that you and your chosen aupair are eligible for the Aupair J-1 program. Not all agencies service all states and countries. And not all aupairs meet the requirements.
  2. Once eligibility is determined, GreatAuPair makes the introduction on your behalf and has a representative assigned to you that understands how to work with pre-matched families and aupairs from GreatAuPair. If you call the agencies directly, the person on the phone will not likely now about our special program.
  3. Interviews and background checks are done to comply with government regulations for the issuance of the J-1 Visa.
  4. The aupair arrives in 6-8 weeks for a 3-4 day training program in NY, then is flown at your cost to the airport nearest you.

There is also a $500 Educational Fee that the family must pay toward their aupair's education while in the US.

The Program Fee paid by the family includes background checks on the aupair, medical record checks, reference checking, round-trip airfare from the aupair's home country to New York and Back. The aupair also goes through a 3-day aupair training program while in New York. Half of the aupair's health insurance is covered by the Program Fee, the other half is paid by the aupair.

See which agency is right for you, click to visit our Au Pair Premiere Program

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