How to Become an Au Pair
What Is an Au Pair?
An au pair is a young adult who stays with an American family for twelve months and provides live-in childcare in exchange for the opportunity to live in the United States. Au pairs usually work for a maximum of 10 hours per day and 45 hours per week and receive compensation for their labor in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Au pairs also take courses at accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institutions.
This is a valuable opportunity for young adults who wish to experience everyday life in America, improve their English, and gain experience in caring for young children.
Qualifications to Become an Au Pair
According to the U.S. Department of State, anyone who wishes to be an au pair in the United States must be:
- Proficient in spoken English
- Between 18 and 26 years of age
- A secondary school graduate or equivalent
- In good health, confirmed by adequate completion of a physical exam
- Able to successfully pass a background check or provide a personality profile
J-1 Visa Attorneys for Au Pairs in South Florida
In order to legally live, work, and attend school in the United States, young adults wishing to become au pairs must obtain an Exchange Visitor (J) non-immigrant visa. Obtaining a J-1 Visa requires you to locate and connect with a designated sponsor, who will supervise and guide you through the process. It also requires you to connect with a legal representative who can help you fill out the necessary paperwork appropriately, file it on time, and represent you in any and all interactions with the United States government.
In addition to helping you obtain your visa, an experienced immigration attorney can protect your rights as an au pair during your time in the United States. By law, every au pair is to be given a private bedroom, fair compensation (at least minimum wage), and a reasonable work schedule. However, if you arrive in the United States and find that your rights are being violated, it is important to be connected to an immigration attorney you can trust.
Call (888) 936-3228 to Speak to an Au Pair Attorney in Boca Raton
At Guerra Sáenz, PL, we can help apply for your J-1 visa so that you can live and work in the United States as an au pair. We are also here to protect you in the event your rights to fair pay, private space, and reasonable work requirements are breached by your host family or sponsor. Connect with a member of our team today to begin the process of becoming an au pair and find out how we can help.
Call (888) 936-3228 to talk to a J-1 au pair visa attorney in Boca Raton today.