J-1 Visa for Au Pair

Would you like to work as an Au Pair in the USA but you think it will be hard to get a visa? Do you think getting a visa is a long and exhausting process?

Don’t worry! AuPair.com provides you all necessary info about the J-1 Visa in order to work as an Au Pair in the United States. There are plenty of Au Pair jobs waiting for you out there!

What is the J-1 Visa?J-1 Visa Program

The J1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa for individuals approved to participate in a cultural exchange program in the United States. Visitors can have the J-1 Visa until the end of their program; the minimal and maximal duration depends on the specific J-1 category, which is supposed to define the purpose and type of exchange.

What are the requirements to apply as an Au Pair?

In order to get a J-1 Visa to work as an Au Pair, you must first have received an offer from a family. Once a family is interested in  you, make sure you fulfil all requirements:

  • You are 18 – 26 years old
  • You have very good English skills
  • You are healthy
  • You have childcare experience
  • You have at least secondary school education level
  • You don’t smoke
  • You have a police clearance report
  • You have an international’s driver’s license and at least 50 hours’ driving experience
  • You are willing to stay a minimum of 12 months abroad
  • You haven’t previously worked as an Au Pair in the USA

Here you will find further information about the J-1 Visa cost.

How does the program work?

If you are willing to work as an Au Pair in the USA and you need to get a J-1, here you can read some useful information to apply for the J-1 Visa Program.


In order to get a family, all applicants:

  • will be interviewed by a the sponsoring organization in their home country
  • will conduct a number of telephone interviews with potential host families
  • will get at least 32 hours of childcare training, provided by the sponsoring organization


If you work in the USA as an Au Pair, you will:

  • work a maximum of 10 hours/day (max. 45 h/week)
  • complete a minimum of 6 hours of academic credit at a US post-secondary educational institution
  • take care of the children (cook meals for them, bring them to/from school, help them with homework, help to keep their room clean).


In exchange for your work, families must provide you with:

  • a maximum amount of 500 dollars for the required academic coursework
  • a private room
  • three meals a day
  • weekly compensation for their child care support

Read here further information about the J-1 Visa

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