Department of State Au Pair Exchange Program Brochure
The Au Pair Exchange Program was established in 1986 as an educational and cultural exchange program with a strong child care component. “Au pair” is French for “on par,” reminding host families that, although an employee, their international visitor is to be treated like a member of the family. Agent Au Pair and our Local Representatives have the responsibility for administering the program, within the regulations set by the Department of State.
Read these Department of State documents to learn about the Au Pair program and answer some frequently asked questions:
Agent Au Pair encourages all of our host families to start off on the right foot by providing your au pair with a household guide specific to your family. We suggest that you edit this Au Pair Household Guide to reflect your family's specific needs and expectations. We ask that our hosts email this document to the au pair and local representative prior to the au pair’s arrival and that you thoroughly review it together during the matching proceess and two-week orientation to encourage a successful placement. Your Agent Au pair support team will refer to your Au Pair Household Guide should any placement issues arise so can provide the best level of support.
Introductory Video to the J-1 Au Pair Program
Through the Au Pair program, participants and host families take part in a mutually rewarding, intercultural opportunity. Participants can continue their education while experiencing everyday life with an American family, and hosts receive reliable and responsible childcare from individuals who become part of the family.
Agent Au Pair offers multiple program options to meet your family's needs! The first step to becoming a host family is to select the program that best accommodates the needs of your family
- Au Pair Program - up to 45 hours of childcare per week
- Infant Care Au Pairs - up to 45 hours of childcare per week for children 3-24 months
- Pro Au Pair - up to 45 hours of childcare per week
- TutorCare Au Pair- up to 30 hours of childcare a week
- Au Pair Extention- extend for another 6, 9, or 12 months
Agent Au Pair infuses Renzulli teaching methods into our program to elevate its learning benefits. Renzulli has helped millions of children to develop advanced learning skills and higher academic performance. The unique training in Renzulli methods provides our host families with valuable educational benefits for their host child(ren) that no other au pair program can offer!
How will Renzulli Learning Benefit Au Pairs:
- Enhance your child(ren)'s educational experience by utilizing Renzulli Learning with your au pair
- Understand your child(ren)'s interests, learning styles, expression styles and creativity to achieve higher academic performance with the Renzulli Profiler
- Expand your children's knowledge base through interest-based activities and online resources
Learn more about Renzulli Learning by visiting: www.renzullilearning.com
Agent Au Pair's Tax ID: 94-3407180
Since taxes vary in every state, Agent Au Pair recommends that host families and au pairs speak to a professional tax advisor or directly with the Internal Revenue Service for answers to specific tax questions.
We have provided some general tax information from the IRS and useful links below to help host families and au pairs to complete their taxes:
Most au pairs fill out the 1040NR-EZ form, which is for U.S. Income Tax Return for Certain Nonresident Aliens With No Dependents. Since au pair wages are paid for domestic service in a private home, they are not subject to mandatory U.S. income tax withholding and reporting on Forms 941 and W-2. However, au pair wages are includible in the gross income of the recipients, and au pairs are required to file U.S. individual income tax returns. Please visit the IRS Website linked below for more information.
Traveling Internationally During Extension Year
Agent Au Pair does not recommend au pairs traveling internationally during their extension year.
Au Pairs are not recommended to travel internationally during their extension year because their Visa is expired. Au Pairs are extended in SEVIS and receive an extended DS2019, however their Visa expiration date is the last day of their first year. With Federal Agents inspecting documents, au pairs might not be allowed to come back into the United States because of their expired Visa.
The only way to guarantee the au pair gets back into the United States if if they return to their home country and renew his/her Visa before re-entering the United States.