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Affordable Rates. No Hidden Fees!

Our rates are very competitive at a cost of only $7.20 per hour. Whether you are a first-time or repeat host family, or looking to transfer from another agency, we have a discount just for you! In addition, we also offer a flexible payment plan that makes the au pair program even more convenient for your family!
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Meet Our Au Pairs

Meet Our Available Au Pairs

Candidates Available from over 60 Countries!

Not only are we a leading au pair agency, but we are also parents. This is why we offer only thoroughly screened, highly trained au pairs that we would entrust with our own children. With flexible arrival dates to meet your busy schedule you can welcome your new au pair in 4-6 weeks or less!
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Help When You Need It

Personal, One-On-One Service 

We are a family oriented agency dedicated to providing quality, trustworthy care for your children! If you have questions about the au pair program we will be happy to walk you through the process step-by-step from filling out your application to welcoming your new au pair. 
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Au Pair of the Year-Nomination Form

Annually, thousands of young people from all over the world embark on a special journey by becoming au pairs. Leaving behind the familiarity of their homeland for as long as one year, au pairs travel to distant countries, where they are welcomed into another culture as a part of their host family.
Nominating your au pair for this prestigious award is a wonderful way to give him/her much deserved recognition and credit for being an exceptional caregiver, and invaluable part of your family!

 

Note that while the 2017 contest is officially closed, we accept nominations all year long! Nominations submitted from now until January 15th, 2018 will be applied to our 2018 contest.

 


Nominee Eligibility

Nominations are based on an essay written by you, the host family, describing the characteristics that make your au pair exceptional.

The entry deadline for the 2018 Au Pair of the Year Contest is on Sunday, January 15th, 2018.

The young person being nominated for the award must be an au pair during the 2017-2018 year.

 

Additional Information

We are looking for compelling reasons why you believe your au pair is exceptional. Nominations are an excellent way of recognizing the dedication your au pair shows to your children. Au pairs should not only be nominated for excellence in their childcare skills, but also for taking full advantage of the cultural exchange aspect of the program. We encourage nominations for those au pair who strive to be an integral part of the family, and also take opportunities to experience American culture.

Host family essays must be at least 500 words in length and will be judged by a selection panel appointed by Au Pair International (and the International Au Pair Association, if selected for national submission). To ensure fairness and objectivity by the selection panel, the names of the au pair and the sending/receiving organization/s will not appear on contest entries.

Host family essays will be rated, and then three au pair finalists selected. In order to qualify, each finalist must write, in their own words, a short essay detailing his/her own au pair experience. The essay does not need to be in English.

All contest entries will become property of Au Pair International and the International Au Pair Association, including rights to edit and publish the material.

If submitted to the IAPA contest, the winning au pair will be required, all expenses paid, to attend the Association's Annual Conference, where he/she will be presented with a token prize and commemorative award.

The winning au pair will be notified by Au Pair International and receive a GoPro HERO5 Black Ultra HD Action Camera - 4K. The perfect way to record your adventures in the United States!


 

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Au Pair Information

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PLEASE COMPOSE AND SUBMIT AN ESSAY WRITTEN BY YOU, THE HOST FAMILY, DESCRIBING THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE YOUR AU PAIR EXCEPTIONAL, AND YOUR REASON FOR NOMINATING HIM/HER FOR THIS AWARD. ESSAY LENGTH SHOULD BE LIMITED TO BETWEEN 500 AND 850 WORDS. THE ESSAY SHOULD ONLY DESCRIBE THE AU PAIR’S EXPERIENCE, WITHOUT REFERRING TO THE NAME OF EITHER SENDING/RECEIVING AGENCY. YOU MAY ALSO CHOOSE TO CREATE A VIDEO THAT CONVEYS WHY YOUR AU PAIR IS DESERVING OF THIS AWARD. PLEASE INCLUDE THE VIDEO DOWNLOAD LINK BELOW.

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While completely optional, the following section is provided for you to share fun photos of your amazing Au Pair! (Please limit file size to 500kb and file type to .gif, .jpg, .bmp, and .pdf.)

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Host Family of the Year - Nomination Form 


Nominee Eligibility

The host family being nominated must have hosted an au pair during 2017 or 2018.

Additional Information

  • You may either submit a nomination essay OR a nomination video. Be creative and show us how AWESOME your host family really is!
  • Essay length must be between 500 and 1000 words to be eligible.
  • Nomination essays and videos will be judged by a selection panel appointed by Au Pair International.
  • All nominations must be submitted by midnight on July 1st, 2018 to be eligible for consideration.
  • All contest entries will become property of Au Pair International, including rights to edit and publish the material.

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Optionally, you may also choose to submit a video nomination to tell us why you believe your host family is deserving of the Host Family of the Year Award. To submit your video nomination, you may use a free service such as www.wetransfer.com or www.sendbigfiles.com to email the video to . You may also choose to upload your video to YouTube.. Please remember to set your video privacy to public. Kindly provide the URL of your nomination video below.
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Obtaining a Social Security Card

 


The following questions and answers are taken directly from the Social Security Administration website and are provided to assist you in applying for a Social Security number. You will need your Social Security Card for identification purposes and to record the earnings you make as an au pair for tax purposes. Keep this, and all valuable documentation, in a safe place! If you have any questions about obtaining your Social Security Card please contact your local Area Director who will be happy to help!

 


What is a Social Security number (SSN) and card? Do I need to get an SSN?
A Social Security number (SSN) is a type of identification number used for Social Security. It is a nine-digit number resembling "123-00-1234" which is issued to identify an individual by the United States Federal Government. A SSN is intended to accurately record the earnings of the individual to whom it is issued. SSN’s also function as a general identification number in many situations. The identification number (SSN) assigned to the individual is then issued to the individual on a card. This card is referred to as the "Social Security card."


As a visitor, you will likely need a SSN to work in the United States, and to receive such things as a drivers’ license and Bank Account.
Recent provisions in US law have changed the rules for assigning a SSN and issuing a Social Security card. Review the New Rules for Getting A Social Security Number and Card.


How do I apply for a Social Security number?
To apply for a Social Security number (SSN), you should:
Wait at least 10 days from your arrival date in the United States before applying for your SSN. Doing this helps ensure that the Social Security Administration (SSA) can verify your immigration information with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

1. Complete an Application For A Social Security Card (Form SS-5)
2. You must take the completed application and original documents (listed below) to the nearest SSA office:
Passport
Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, with visa stamp
Original Form DS-2019


Things to remember when completing the Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5):

Fill in your name exactly as it is shown on your Form I-94 and passport. The name on your passport, Form I-94 and Form DS-2019 (if applicable) should all be the same.
Check "Legal Alien Allowed to Work"
Enter your date of birth in the following manner: month, day, year (MM/DD/YYYY).
Enter your mother's birth surname (maiden name).


How do I locate the nearest Social Security Administration office?
To locate the Social Security office nearest you, use the Social Security Office Locator and enter your zip code.

 

What documents do I need to provide to Social Security Administration (SSA) officials to prove my immigration status?
To prove your U.S. immigration status, you must show the original copies of:
1. current Form I-94,
2. Arrival/ Departure Record, issued to you when you arrived in the United States;
3. your passport;
4. Your Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status (Form DS-2019).


How long will it take to get a Social Security number?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) must verify your documents with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before a Social Security number (SSN) can be assigned to you. After receiving the verification from DHS, a SSN will be issued to you and the Social Security card (containing the assigned SSN) will be mailed to the address provided on the application (Form SS-5). Most of the time, documents can be verified quickly with DHS, online. If the documents cannot be verified online, it may take DHS several weeks to respond to the request. The SSA works closely with DHS to reduce these delays.

 

Opening a Bank Account

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The following information is provided to assist new au pairs in opening a bank account for use during their au pair program.  We highly recommend that your host family set up direct depost for your stipend, however, this is not required.  If you have any questions regarding opening your bank account please contact your local Area Director or Regional Director who will be happy to assist you!


 

In an effort to reduce money laundering, U.S. financial institutions are required to verify the identity of every individual who opens a bank account. In compliance with federal regulations, all banks operating in the U.S. have established Customer Identification Programs (CIP) that they are to follow for anyone who seeks to open an account. While the specifics of the CIP may vary from one bank to another, Department of Treasury regulations found at 31 CFR § 103.121 set forth the following minimal information that the banks must obtain from you before allowing you to open an account:

1. Your name
2. Your date of birth
3. Your street address – no P.O. Box
4. An identification number

The regulations 31 CFR § 103.121(b)(i)A)(4)(ii) clarify that for a non-U.S. person the identification number shall be one or more of the following:

• A taxpayer identification number (see discussion below);
• Passport number and country of issuance;
• Alien identification card number;
• Or number and country of issuance of any other government issued document evidencing
nationality or residence and bearing a photograph or similar safeguard.

It is important to remember that banks establish their own customer identification programs and may ask for additional documentation than is described above because they are ultimately responsible for establishing the identity of their customers.


Documents you should take with you to open your account:

• Your unexpired passport
• Your I-94 card
• Your DS-2019
• Any secondary form of identification you may have
• Letter of Good Standing from Au Pair International (Optional, see below)

Taxpayer Identification Numbers
Banks are required to report any earnings you receive on interest earned on your account. For this reason they will ask you for a taxpayer identification number such as the Social Security Number (SSN) issued to those who work or the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service to those individuals who are not eligible for a Social Security Number. Although the banks would greatly prefer that you already have one of these numbers, you can still open a bank account if you do not have one. If you are eligible for a Social Security Number, we recommend that you apply for your Social Security Number as soon as possible. As a J-1 visitor you are eligible to apply for a SSN. If you have already applied for the SSN before you try to open a bank account, you should take a copy of the receipt notice with you. The receipt notice can serve as additional documentation that can help establish your identity. As soon as you receive your SSN, you should inform your bank. If you are not eligible for a Social Security Number, you should apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number and, once it is assigned, inform your bank of this number.

 

What Our Host Families Say

  • John - CO

    A little over two years ago, I lost my wife Patty to cancer. With a huge hole in our home from the loss of Patty, Svetlana stepped in and helped Bryce feel loved and cared for during a situation that is difficult to imagine and understand. She has seen us through many tears and sadness, but brought so much safety and comfort into our home. I honestly don’t know how we could have made it the past few years without her.
     
  • LindseyMary

    Lindsey - CA

    Mary Luisa or lulu as we call her entered our family at a challenging time in early July. I was 7 months pregnant and our son was starting to act out as he realized a new baby was on the way. Rocket met Mary and instantly fell in love. He was so excited his new best friend would be living in our house. From day one lulu stepped in and has been there for our son and helped make the new baby transition easier on the whole family.
     
  • Ornela

    Keith - MD

    It was a very terrifying thought for me to entrust my children to someone else, but I can say with whole hearted enthusiasm, we really "hit the jackpot" with Ornela. She has taken our twins from speaking greek words to being completely bilingual! To see the confidence and ability that they have is in a large part dedicated to her. We can truly see the pride and love that she has for Georgia and Peter. Ornela has really become a part of our family, not just an au pair.
     
  • NozomiStevenson

    The Stevenson Children - MD

    These past four months with our au pair have been the best experience ever! She even rode the Tower of Terror at Disney World with us three times. Tell us how many au pairs will do that for their host family kids! Our au pair is very special and we love her just like a family member. She does so much for our family and we just want to tell everyone how awesome she is to us!
     
  • Effie

    Patricia

    We feel fortunate as parents to have Effie in our family, especially in our busy lives when being away from home and the children during the day can often be very stressful. She makes our life easier, giving us the confidence that our kids are safe, in good hands and with the right direction!
     
  • Lissy

    Audrey - FL

    Lissy has exceeded every expectation we had for an au pair and has become just like another family member. I have said time and time again that you guys must do an amazing job screening these applicants. Although now I would have a hard time doing this again because I don't know if we could ever top Lissy!
     
  • MaureenSatoko

    Maureen - MI

    We have had several au pairs in our home and we feel very glad and are very lucky that Satoko came to us. I don't want to jinx anything because this is only the second week but I can tell you that Satoko is golden. We are grateful to Au Pair International for introducing her to us!