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Au Pair in USA

United States

Do you want to be an au pair in the USA?

Here you can find tips on how you can find the right host family in the USA, how you should apply as an au pair in the US, whether you need a visa or not.

Everything you need to know to be an au pair in the United States here.

Au pair in America

A stay as an au pair in the United States is a unique opportunity and has many advantages. Your focus as an au pair in the U.S. is learning the world language: namely English!

On top, you can get to know the American culture and its endless possibilities for a whole year.

Sightseeing, shopping, Halloween or Thanksgiving? Everything is waiting for you!

As an au pair in the United States your working hours, free time and your tasks are clearly regulated. Should any difficulties occur during your stay as an au pair in the U.S., there are numerous places that provide quick help.

Additionally, there is a wide range of language schools and language courses for Au pairs in the United States that help you deepen the knowledge of the English language.

Au pair requirements for the United States

    • Age of au pair:

      18 – 26 years

      Language requirements of the au pair:

      Your English skills (school English) should be sufficient. If you want to get an initial assessment regarding your  English language level , you can do an online based English test under  http://www.sprachtest.de/. Driving in the US: Owning a  driver license  is a great advantage for the au pair placement in the USA, as the car is the No.1 transportation there. Whether you need a national, European or international driver’s license, you can get to know via  au pair agencies  or immigration authorities. You can find more information on driver license rules on the side of ” Transportation and Public Works “.

 Weekly working hours in the United States

    • You should be willing to  work  up to  45 hours per week.

      Some au pair even spend up to 10 hours a day with the  children . Leisure time in the US: Your free time in the United States consists of  1.5 holidays per week  (or one free weekend per month), on which you have time to explore the area and organize  meetings  with other au pairs..

      Vacation Entitlement in the US:

      As an  au pair in the US . you are entitled to two weeks paid vacation. You can participate in a joint family holiday or even go on your own vacation (here you bear the travel and meals costs yourself). During this time the host family has to go on paying your  pocket money .

Weekly Pocket Money in the United States

In the U.S. the au pair receives $ 195.75 per week for 45 working hours.

 Duration of the au pair stay in the USA

In the US, short-term stays are not permitted. The minimum  duration  of an  au pair stay  in the United States is 12 months.

After this time you can stay another four weeks for traveling through the United States.

Health insurance in the United States

    • In most cases, the au pairs are insured by an agency which they choose for their transfer to the United States. You can get more information about  insurance  in the US at a selected agency.

Costs for an au pair stay in the US

    • The following  costs  have to be considered for an au pair staying in the USA:

      • Placement (depending on agency)
      • Cost for the visa $160 (about 122 euros)
      • Travel costs

      If required : costs for an additional Au Pair  insurance If desired : tuition fees for attending  college courses  (approximately US $ 400-600 per course)

      Visa for au pair

      Mandatory for all au pairs who wish to travel to the  United States , is the placement via agency and a visa! Only through an officially US approved agency you can get an au pair  visa  for the United States. Nevertheless, there is the possibility of finding a host family through the internet yourself. However, when you have found a host family you have to contact an au pair agency that organizes your stay, placement and visa.

      Warning! Privately arranged  au pair stays  (without agency) are illegal. You risk a prison stay, fine, and even the expulsion from the country and a ban on re-entry into the United States. Do you want to search the host family in the US on the Internet? You have the possibility to search for a  host family on the internet . Then you have to choose with your host family one of the  15 approved for the  USA Aupair Agencies. The officially approved agencies you can find at the following link: http://j1visa.state.gov/participants/how-to-apply/sponsor-search/?program=Au%20pair

Au pair information about the United States

Population in the US:

  • 81 billion (as of 01/09/11)

Area USA:

  • 357,022 sq km

Capital of the United States:

  • Washington, D.C

National Language of the United States:

  • English

Currency in the United States:

  • US dollars (USD)

Climate in the United States:

In the north it is rather cool and in the south people are already talking about a tropic climate.

major cities

Very popular  are au pair stays  in the US around the big cities.

Here you can find a lot of useful information on the major US cities:
  • U.S. New York City
  • los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington, D.C
  • Miami
  • Atlanta
  • Boston