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 U.S., 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

amerika aupairA 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: 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 here.


Driving in the U.S.: Owning a driver license is a great advantage for the au pair placement in the USA, as the car is the Nr.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: 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: As an au pair in the U.S. 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 U.S., 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 U.S. at a selected agency.


Costs for an Au pair stay in the U.S.

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

  • Placement (depending on agency)
  • Costs 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 U.S. $ 400-600 per course)


Visa for Au pair

Mandatory for all au pair who wish to travel to the United States, is the placement via agency and a visa! Only through an officially U.S. approved agency you can get an au pair visa for the United States. Nevertheless, there is the possibility to find 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.


Caution! Privately arranged au pair stays (without agency) are illegal. You risk a prison stay, fines, 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 U.S. 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: 81 billion (as of 01/09/11)
Area: 357,022 sq km
Capital: Washington, D.C.
National Language: English
Currency: U.S. Dollar ($ USD)
Climate: The climate of the United States is very diverse, as there are several climate zones. 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 U.S. around the big cities: