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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Opening a Bank Account

What documents do I need to take with me to open a bank account?

Obtaining a Social Security Card

What is a Social Security number (SSN) and card? Do I need to get an SSN?

How do I apply for a Social Security number?

How do I locate the nearest Social Security Administration office?

What documents do I need to provide to Social Security Administration (SSA) officials to prove my immigration status?

How long will it take to get a Social Security number?

Educational Requirement

What is the educational requirement of the au pair program?

Can I choose to not complete the educational requirement?

What is an accredited educational institution?

What is meant by post-secondary?

How do I find out if it is an accredited U.S. post secondary institution?

What is meant by an "academic credit or the equivalent?"

Which classes/subjects can I take?

Proof of enrollment - How do I document the education I am taking?

Applying for Extension

Is an au pair who turned 27 years old during the course of the original program year eligible for an extension?

Can an au pair apply for an extension if he/she has not atended all of the monthly meetings?

Can an extending au pair change family placement?

How long can an au pair extend for?

Can an au pair apply for an extension if he/she has not completed the educational requirement?

What happens after I have submitted the extension application?

How long does it take for an extension to be approved?

What is considered proof of completed education?

 

Extension Program Participation

Is an extension au pair subject to the same program regulations during the extension program as for the first au pair program year?

When does an extending au pair receive his/her return ticket?

When will an extending au pair be allowed the 30 days "grace period" ("travel month", "13th month")?

Is there a "grace period" between the first au pair year and the extension period?

Should an extending au pair take a vacation between year one and the extension program?

 

Visa and Travel Questions

What is the difference between a DS-2019 form and a J-1 Visa?

My J-1 Visa has expired, am I legally in the U.S.?

Can an extending au pair travel abroad and return to the United States?

Can an extending au pair travel in the U.S. without a new J-1 Visa?

Can an au pair travel outside of the USA and re-enter if she/he has a new DS-2019 form (since the extension has been approved by the Department of State) but the J-1 Visa has expired?

Is the au pair's J-1 Visa expiration date the same as the end date for the au pair's first program year?

How can an extending au pair renew his/her J-1 Visa?

When should an extending au pair schedule the trip to renew the J-1 Visa?

Can an extending au pair apply for a new J-1 Visa in a third country (country other than the home country)?

Is there any risk of the J-1 Visa being denied?

Can an extending au pair get a new J-1 Visa in the US?

 

What documents do I need to take with me to open a bank 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)

 

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


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.

 

What is the educational requirement of the au pair program?

The United States Department of State (DOS) requires that each au pair participant register and attend classes offered by an accredited U.S. post secondary institution for not less than six (6) semester hours of "academic credit, or the equivalent" during his/her 12-month au pair program. The educational requirement is, as it states, a requirement for participating in the au pair program and spending a year in the US under a J-1 au pair visa. By participating in the au pair program, you have agreed to complete the educational requirement.

Can I choose to not complete the educational requirement?
No. The educational component is a requirement by the United States Department of State and is an important part of the au pair program. If the educational requirement is not met, you may forfeit your deposit and be required to pay your home flight ticket. Also, the host family may be ineligible for future participation in Au Pair International’s program. Education is an important part of your year in America. At the end of your au pair year, you must provide proof of having completed your educational requirement. In order to extend your visa, you must have completed your educational requirement for the first year.

What is an accredited educational institution?
An accredited institution is one that has been granted accreditation by a regional or national accrediting commission of schools and colleges. Being "accredited" means the school reached a standard level of educational quality. This means that you must enroll in classes at an approved school or program. Classes taken at a church, health club, library or other non-accredited educational institution will not be approved.

What is meant by post-secondary?
Post-secondary literally means "after secondary". Post-secondary means the institution offers at least a one-year program of college-level studies. In America, secondary school ends after grade 12, usually when a person is 18 years old (grades 9-12 are often referred to as "high school"). Most au pairs attend a community college. Some enroll in technical or junior college, or college or university.

How do I find out if it is an accredited U.S. post secondary institution?
Ask: The easiest is to ask the school to sign the Proof of Attendance form before attending classes.

Search: Some, but not all, accredited U.S. post secondary institutions are listed at this search. Double-check all schools that you find to make sure that the school you choose is post-secondary accredited. To do this, have the proof of attendance form filled out prior to the start of class. There are many major approved schools that do not show up on this list despite that they are approved and others that are on the list, but do not have the right accreditation: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.asp

What is meant by an "academic credit or the equivalent"?
An academic credit is generally equal to 12 hours of class time. A class which meets for 3 hours each week for approximately 4 weeks (a total of 12 hours) would be the equivalent of one (1) credit course.
To complete the requirement six (6) semester hours of "academic credit, or the equivalent", you must at a minimum complete 72 hours of class time. However, please note that the number of hours needed to complete an academic credit may vary from one school to another, one class to another and to between states. If your school is not able to provide you with the hours required per credit, please use 12 hours of in-class lecture time per credit.

Which classes/subjects can I take?
You can choose a subject of your choice as long as it is offered by a post-secondary educational institution. If you are not fluent in English, we recommend that you start with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.

Proof of enrollment - How do I document the education I am taking?
All au pairs are required to get the Proof of Attendance form (attach) signed at the top before they start classes. This is to make sure that the class is accredited as a post-secondary institution from the beginning. Once they have completed the class, the au pair will then have the teacher sign the bottom of the form documenting the number or credits or hours.

 

Is an au pair who turned 27 years old during the course of the original program year eligible for an extension?

Yes
 

Can an au pair apply for an extension if he/she has not atended all of the monthly meetings?

Yes. However, an extension requires that you have followed the regulations governing the program, including having a monthly contact with your Area Director each month during your first year.
 

Can an extending au pair change family placement?

Yes. However, we encourage au pairs to continue with their current host family. An au pair can opt to extend with a differenc family; however Au Pair Inernational cannot guarantee that a new host family will be found. If a new host family cannot be found within a reasonable amout of time, the au pair will have to return to his/her home country. Au pairs that would like to find a new host family for the Extension Program should notify Au Pair International as early as possible and apply for the Extension Program as early as possible.
 
How long can an au pair extend for?
 
An au pair can apply for a 6, 9 or 12 month program extension. Note: An au pair can only apply for the extension program once and the extension length cannot be changed once submitted. Most au pairs choose to extend their program for a 12 month period.
 

Can an au pair apply for an extension if he/she has not completed the educational requirement?

No. The education requirement of 6 credits or the equivalent (minimum 72 hours noncredit hours of classwork) education at a post-secondary, accredited US educational institution must be completed at the time of submitting the extension paperwork. Documentation of educational requirement completion must be submitted with the extension application.
 

What happens after I have submitted the extension application?

After processing the application, API will send the extension request to the Department of State. The DOS confirms that the au pair is in good standing, and approves the au pair for an extension by changing the au pair's end date to the new extension end date. This process may take up to 30 days. API is informed when the extension has been approved. Once the extension has been approved, API can mail out the au pair's new DS-2019 form reflecting the updated end date.
 

How long does it take for an extension to be approved?

It can take up to 30 days to approved the extension request. However, normally Department of State processes extension requests sooner than the 30 days window (usually 2 weeks). The DoS cannot expedite an extension approval.
 

What is considered proof of completed education?

Any proof of education must show the number of credits earned or number of hours of class work attended. Valid documentation includes:
  1. API Proof of Class Attendance Form (preferred) (see copy at the end of the extension application), or
  2. School Transcipts or Diploma with the total number of completed hours/credits, or
  3. Signed letter from the school or professor on school letterhead stating that the au pair completed the required number of hours, or
  4. Combination of 1, 2 and 3.

 

Is an extension au pair subject to the same program regulations during the extension program as for the first au pair program year?

Yes
 

When does an extending au pair receive his/her return ticket?

A return flight will be provided at the successful completion of the extension program.

When will an extending au pair be allowed the 30 days “grace period” (“travel month”, “13th month")?

A 30 days grace period is allowed after the successful completion of the extension program.
 

Is there a “grace period” between the first au pair year and the extension period?

No. The 30-day greace period is deferred until the end of the extension program.
 

Should an extending au pair take a vacation between year one and the extension program?

The extension program allows the au pair to continue in the au pair program. It is not required that the au pair take a vacation between year one and the extension program. However, the host family and au pair are free to agree to time off/vacation any time during the first year program or extension program.
 

What is the difference between a DS-2019 form and a J-1 Visa?

J-1 Visa: The J-1 Visa allows an au pair to travel into the USA. The J-1 Visa is stamped inside of the au pair’s passport.

DS-2019: The DS-2019 form is issued by the DoS and signed by an Officer at API. It allows the au pair to stay legally in the USA during the dates listed. The DS-2019 form consists of two pieces of regular sized paper stapled together that read “DS-2019 (formally IAP-66)” in small font in the bottom left corner. A program extension application is essentially a request to extend the DS-2019 form. The au pair’s J-1 Visa will expire and the DS-2019 form will supersede the J-1 Visa document but only within the United States.
 

My J-1 Visa has expired, am I legally in the U.S?

Yes. The DS 2019 form allows the au pair to stay legally within the USA even if her/his J-1 Visa expires. Au pairs who extend their program do not need to apply for a new J-1 Visa unless they plan on traveling outside the USA during the extension program. To apply for a new J-1 Visa, the au pair must travel to his/her home country and interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
 

Can an extending au pair travel abroad and return to the United States?

Traveling abroad during the extension program requires that the au pair obtain a new J-1 Visa before returning to the US. This includes traveling to Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Caribbean and any other foreign country. To apply for a new J-1 Visa, the au pair must travel to his/her home country and interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
 

Can an au pair travel outside of the USA and re-enter if s/he has a new DS-2019 form (since the extension has been approved by the Department of State) but the J-1 Visa has expired?

No. The DS -019 form allows the au pair to stay legally within the USA even if her/his J-1 Visa expires. The J-1 Visa allows the au pair to travel into of the USA. If the J-1 Visa has expired, the au pair will not be able to re-enter the USA unless s/he renews the J-1 Visa before re-entering.
 
Valid DS-2019 = allows au pair to legally stay in the USA (even with an expired J-1 Visa). Valid J-1 Visa = allows au pair to enter the USA.

Is the au pair’s J-1 Visa expiration date the same as the end date for the au pair’s first program year?

No. An au pair’s J-1 Visa is usually valid from the date of issue. Since au pairs are issued the J-1 Visa at a different time than when they arrive in the USA, it usually expires at a different time than the au pair’s first program year. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for au pairs to check the expiration date on their J-1 Visa before they plan a trip outside the USA as the J-1 Visa may expire prior to the end of the au pair’s program year.

How can an extending au pair renew her/his J-1 Visa?

The process to renew J-1 Visa is:
The au pair should first ensure that their request for an extension has been approved and that a new DS-2019 form is in hand before leaving the USA. The au pair should plan to return to the USA before their original J-1 Visa expires, which means that the trip should be completed before the au pair's first program year ends.
 
It is not often that an au pair visa is denied a renewal J-1 Visa, but a decision to grant or deny a J-1 Visa is a the Consular or Embassy's sole discretion. For this reason, Au Pair International strongly recommends that the au pair returns to the USA while his/her current J-1 Visa is still valid. If the au pair is returning close to his/her J-1 Visa expiration date, he/she may be questioned by an immigration officer. The au pair can show the new DS-2019 form that proves the au pair has been approved to extend his/her stay within the USA even though his/her J-1 Visa will expire soon.
 
Can an extending au pair apply for a new J-1 Visa in a third country (country than the home country)?
 
While an appointment for a J-1 Visa renewal can be made in a third country, there is always a much higher risk of denial. Au Pair International strongly recommends the au pair apply for the new J-1 Visa in her home country.

Is there any risk of the J-1 Visa being denied?

It is not often that an au pair is dened a renewal J-1 Visa, but a decision to grant or deny a J-1 Visa is at the Consulate's or Embassy's sole discretion. If the application is denied, the au pair will not be able to return to the USA to finishe his/her extension program. It is therefore strongly recommended that an au pair schedules a return flight to the USA before the original J-1 Visa expires in case he/she is denied a renewal J-1 Visa.
 

Can an extending au pair get a new J-1 Visa in the US?

There is no possibility of obtaining a new J-1 Visa while in the USA.

When should an extending au pair schedule the trip to renew the J-1 Visa?

1) Apply for an Extension:
a. The au pair completes her/his education.
b. Submit the Extension Application to Au Pair International.
c. Receive the new DS-2019 from API when the extension has been approved.
 
 
2) U.S. Embassy Interview: Schedule an appointment with the U.S. Embassy in her/his home country. This can usually be done online at http://usembassy.state.gov. Au Pair International cannot set up an appointment for an au pair. Au pairs should schedule the appointment with the U.S. Embassy before travelling to ensure there will be enough time to complete the procedure and deal with any unforseen problems that may arise.
 
3) Prepare documents: The J-1 Visa application process is similar to when the au pair first applied for a J-1 Visa prior to going to the U.S.: the au pair must bring their documents to the U.S. Embassy appointment including her/his passport, API program participation letter and the old and new DS-2019 form that the au pair receives after the DoS has approved the extension. The au pair must have an original DS-2019 (not fax or copy) form signed in blue ink, which indicates an extension of his/her program. The new DS-2019 form will reflect the dates of the au pair’s first program year and extension term. Other documents may be required for the appointment and more information may be found on the U.S. Embassy website.
 
4) Attend U.S. Embassy Interview: The au pair scheduled and attend the appointment in person at the U.S. Embassy. It is solely at the discretion of the officer at the U.S. Embassy to grant the renewal J-1 Visa. API has no control over denied renewal J-1 Visas.
 
5) Returning to the U.S.: We recommend that an au pair schedules a return flight to the USA before the original J-1 Visa expires in case s/he is denied a renewal J-1 Visa.
 

Can an extending au pair travel in the U.S. without a new J-1 Visa?

Yes, an extension au pair may travel within the U.S. with an expired J-1 Visa. Trevelling abroad during the extension program requires that the au pair obtain a new J-1 Visa before returning to the U.S.

Au Pair Program Extension Procedures 


The first year of the au pair program goes by surprisingly fast and it is highly recommended to start thinking about extension procedures atleast 3-4 months before the end of your program. Below you will find information to assist you in extending your au pair program for a second year. Should you have any questions regarding your extension please contact your local Area Director or Regional Director who will be happy to assist you!


 

Where can I get the Au Pair Program Extension Application?

You will receive correspondence from your Regional Director regarding extension approximately 3-4 months prior to the end of your program. However, you may also download the Au Pair Program Extension Application from the following link:

Au Pair Program Extension Application

We highly recommend using the Foxit Reader to view and complete the application.

 

Applying for an Au Pair Program Extension

The Au Pair Program Extension Application consists of the following:

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  1. Signed Au Pair Program Extension Agreement
  2. Signed Host Family Extension Agreement (if au pair is extending with current host family)
  3. Education Summary Form (please see the last page of the Extension Application)
  4. Education Documentation! Applicant must document that the Educational Requirement has been completed by submitting documents issued by the educational institution where he/she completed their courses. This proof of education can be in the form of a letter, diploma, school transcripts, or by getting the Au Pair International Educational Proof of Class Attendance form signed by a school professor or administrator.

The educational requirement must be completed prior to applying for the extension program. Educational Requirement = 6 academic credits or the equivalent (minimum of 72 hours of class work).

 

When should the extension application be submitted to Au Pair International?

An extension application may be submitted as early as three months prior to the au pair's program end date given that the educational requirement has been completed. We encourage you to plan ahead and contact us early if you are considering extending your program participation. Please submit your completed extension application no later than forty five (45) days prior to the au pair program end date.

 

How do I submit the application?

Applications may be submitted by the following:

By e-mail (preferred): Fill out the online application and e-mail to your Regional Director for immediate processing. You may also send an e-mail to .

By fax (preferred): Fax your application to 720:221-0724. Please also send an e-mail to your Regional Director or to to ensure your fax was received.

By mail: Send the complete application in the mail to:

Au Pair International
4450 Arapahoe Ave, Suite 100
Boulder, Colorado 80303
 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Applying for Extension

Is an au pair who turned 27 years old during the course of the original program year eligible for an extension?

Can an au pair apply for an extension if he/she has not atended all of the monthly meetings?

Can an extending au pair change family placement?

How long can an au pair extend for?

Can an au pair apply for an extension if he/she has not completed the educational requirement?

What happens after I have submitted the extension application?

How long does it take for an extension to be approved?

What is considered proof of completed education?

 

Extension Program Participation

Is an extension au pair subject to the same program regulations during the extension program as for the first au pair program year?

When does an extending au pair receive his/her return ticket?

When will an extending au pair be allowed the 30 days "grace period" ("travel month", "13th month")?

Is there a "grace period" between the first au pair year and the extension period?

Should an extending au pair take a vacation between year one and the extension program?

 

Visa and Travel Questions

What is the difference between a DS-2019 form and a J-1 Visa?

My J-1 Visa has expired, am I legally in the U.S.?

Can an extending au pair travel abroad and return to the United States?

Can an extending au pair travel in the U.S. without a new J-1 Visa?

Can an au pair travel outside of the USA and re-enter if she/he has a new DS-2019 form (since the extension has been approved by the Department of State) but the J-1 Visa has expired?

Is the au pair's J-1 Visa expiration date the same as the end date for the au pair's first program year?

How can an extending au pair renew his/her J-1 Visa?

When should an extending au pair schedule the trip to renew the J-1 Visa?

Can an extending au pair apply for a new J-1 Visa in a third country (country other than the home country)?

Is there any risk of the J-1 Visa being denied?

Can an extending au pair get a new J-1 Visa in the US?

 

Is an au pair who turned 27 years old during the course of the original program year eligible for an extension?

Yes
 

Can an au pair apply for an extension if he/she has not atended all of the monthly meetings?

Yes. However, an extension requires that you have followed the regulations governing the program, including having a monthly contact with your Area Director each month during your first year.
 

Can an extending au pair change family placement?

Yes. However, we encourage au pairs to continue with their current host family. An au pair can opt to extend with a differenc family; however Au Pair Inernational cannot guarantee that a new host family will be found. If a new host family cannot be found within a reasonable amout of time, the au pair will have to return to his/her home country. Au pairs that would like to find a new host family for the Extension Program should notify Au Pair International as early as possible and apply for the Extension Program as early as possible.
 
How long can an au pair extend for?
 
An au pair can apply for a 6, 9 or 12 month program extension. Note: An au pair can only apply for the extension program once and the extension length cannot be changed once submitted. Most au pairs choose to extend their program for a 12 month period.
 

Can an au pair apply for an extension if he/she has not completed the educational requirement?

No. The education requirement of 6 credits or the equivalent (minimum 72 hours noncredit hours of classwork) education at a post-secondary, accredited US educational institution must be completed at the time of submitting the extension paperwork. Documentation of educational requirement completion must be submitted with the extension application.
 

What happens after I have submitted the extension application?

After processing the application, API will send the extension request to the Department of State. The DOS confirms that the au pair is in good standing, and approves the au pair for an extension by changing the au pair's end date to the new extension end date. This process may take up to 30 days. API is informed when the extension has been approved. Once the extension has been approved, API can mail out the au pair's new DS-2019 form reflecting the updated end date.
 

How long does it take for an extension to be approved?

It can take up to 30 days to approved the extension request. However, normally Department of State processes extension requests sooner than the 30 days window (usually 2 weeks). The DoS cannot expedite an extension approval.
 

What is considered proof of completed education?

Any proof of education must show the number of credits earned or number of hours of class work attended. Valid documentation includes:
  1. API Proof of Class Attendance Form (preferred) (see copy at the end of the extension application), or
  2. School Transcipts or Diploma with the total number of completed hours/credits, or
  3. Signed letter from the school or professor on school letterhead stating that the au pair completed the required number of hours, or
  4. Combination of 1, 2 and 3.

 

Is an extension au pair subject to the same program regulations during the extension program as for the first au pair program year?

Yes
 

When does an extending au pair receive his/her return ticket?

A return flight will be provided at the successful completion of the extension program.

When will an extending au pair be allowed the 30 days “grace period” (“travel month”, “13th month")?

A 30 days grace period is allowed after the successful completion of the extension program.
 

Is there a “grace period” between the first au pair year and the extension period?

No. The 30-day greace period is deferred until the end of the extension program.
 

Should an extending au pair take a vacation between year one and the extension program?

The extension program allows the au pair to continue in the au pair program. It is not required that the au pair take a vacation between year one and the extension program. However, the host family and au pair are free to agree to time off/vacation any time during the first year program or extension program.
 

What is the difference between a DS-2019 form and a J-1 Visa?

J-1 Visa: The J-1 Visa allows an au pair to travel into the USA. The J-1 Visa is stamped inside of the au pair’s passport.

DS-2019: The DS-2019 form is issued by the DoS and signed by an Officer at API. It allows the au pair to stay legally in the USA during the dates listed. The DS-2019 form consists of two pieces of regular sized paper stapled together that read “DS-2019 (formally IAP-66)” in small font in the bottom left corner. A program extension application is essentially a request to extend the DS-2019 form. The au pair’s J-1 Visa will expire and the DS-2019 form will supersede the J-1 Visa document but only within the United States.
 

My J-1 Visa has expired, am I legally in the U.S?

Yes. The DS 2019 form allows the au pair to stay legally within the USA even if her/his J-1 Visa expires. Au pairs who extend their program do not need to apply for a new J-1 Visa unless they plan on traveling outside the USA during the extension program. To apply for a new J-1 Visa, the au pair must travel to his/her home country and interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
 

Can an extending au pair travel abroad and return to the United States?

Traveling abroad during the extension program requires that the au pair obtain a new J-1 Visa before returning to the US. This includes traveling to Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Caribbean and any other foreign country. To apply for a new J-1 Visa, the au pair must travel to his/her home country and interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
 

Can an au pair travel outside of the USA and re-enter if s/he has a new DS-2019 form (since the extension has been approved by the Department of State) but the J-1 Visa has expired?

No. The DS -019 form allows the au pair to stay legally within the USA even if her/his J-1 Visa expires. The J-1 Visa allows the au pair to travel into of the USA. If the J-1 Visa has expired, the au pair will not be able to re-enter the USA unless s/he renews the J-1 Visa before re-entering.
 
Valid DS-2019 = allows au pair to legally stay in the USA (even with an expired J-1 Visa). Valid J-1 Visa = allows au pair to enter the USA.

Is the au pair’s J-1 Visa expiration date the same as the end date for the au pair’s first program year?

No. An au pair’s J-1 Visa is usually valid from the date of issue. Since au pairs are issued the J-1 Visa at a different time than when they arrive in the USA, it usually expires at a different time than the au pair’s first program year. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for au pairs to check the expiration date on their J-1 Visa before they plan a trip outside the USA as the J-1 Visa may expire prior to the end of the au pair’s program year.

How can an extending au pair renew her/his J-1 Visa?

The process to renew J-1 Visa is:
The au pair should first ensure that their request for an extension has been approved and that a new DS-2019 form is in hand before leaving the USA. The au pair should plan to return to the USA before their original J-1 Visa expires, which means that the trip should be completed before the au pair's first program year ends.
 
It is not often that an au pair visa is denied a renewal J-1 Visa, but a decision to grant or deny a J-1 Visa is a the Consular or Embassy's sole discretion. For this reason, Au Pair International strongly recommends that the au pair returns to the USA while his/her current J-1 Visa is still valid. If the au pair is returning close to his/her J-1 Visa expiration date, he/she may be questioned by an immigration officer. The au pair can show the new DS-2019 form that proves the au pair has been approved to extend his/her stay within the USA even though his/her J-1 Visa will expire soon.
 
Can an extending au pair apply for a new J-1 Visa in a third country (country than the home country)?
 
While an appointment for a J-1 Visa renewal can be made in a third country, there is always a much higher risk of denial. Au Pair International strongly recommends the au pair apply for the new J-1 Visa in her home country.

Is there any risk of the J-1 Visa being denied?

It is not often that an au pair is dened a renewal J-1 Visa, but a decision to grant or deny a J-1 Visa is at the Consulate's or Embassy's sole discretion. If the application is denied, the au pair will not be able to return to the USA to finishe his/her extension program. It is therefore strongly recommended that an au pair schedules a return flight to the USA before the original J-1 Visa expires in case he/she is denied a renewal J-1 Visa.
 

Can an extending au pair get a new J-1 Visa in the US?

There is no possibility of obtaining a new J-1 Visa while in the USA.

When should an extending au pair schedule the trip to renew the J-1 Visa?

1) Apply for an Extension:
a. The au pair completes her/his education.
b. Submit the Extension Application to Au Pair International.
c. Receive the new DS-2019 from API when the extension has been approved.
 
 
2) U.S. Embassy Interview: Schedule an appointment with the U.S. Embassy in her/his home country. This can usually be done online at http://usembassy.state.gov. Au Pair International cannot set up an appointment for an au pair. Au pairs should schedule the appointment with the U.S. Embassy before travelling to ensure there will be enough time to complete the procedure and deal with any unforseen problems that may arise.
 
3) Prepare documents: The J-1 Visa application process is similar to when the au pair first applied for a J-1 Visa prior to going to the U.S.: the au pair must bring their documents to the U.S. Embassy appointment including her/his passport, API program participation letter and the old and new DS-2019 form that the au pair receives after the DoS has approved the extension. The au pair must have an original DS-2019 (not fax or copy) form signed in blue ink, which indicates an extension of his/her program. The new DS-2019 form will reflect the dates of the au pair’s first program year and extension term. Other documents may be required for the appointment and more information may be found on the U.S. Embassy website.
 
4) Attend U.S. Embassy Interview: The au pair scheduled and attend the appointment in person at the U.S. Embassy. It is solely at the discretion of the officer at the U.S. Embassy to grant the renewal J-1 Visa. API has no control over denied renewal J-1 Visas.
 
5) Returning to the U.S.: We recommend that an au pair schedules a return flight to the USA before the original J-1 Visa expires in case s/he is denied a renewal J-1 Visa.
 

Can an extending au pair travel in the U.S. without a new J-1 Visa?

Yes, an extension au pair may travel within the U.S. with an expired J-1 Visa. Trevelling abroad during the extension program requires that the au pair obtain a new J-1 Visa before returning to the U.S.

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