Attending the Interview
When your online application is complete you will have a personal interview with your local interviewer. This is where you will discuss your expectations for the year ahead, your childcare experience and further information that will help build a good profile that will be presented to our host families. You will also be required to complete a personality questionnaire to help support your application.
Interviews take place all year round, so you can apply whenever it suits you, but you should allow at least four to six months before you want your placement to begin. Your exact departure date will depend on your host family’s requirements.
After the interview, your interviewer will submit your application to your local Au Pair in America Agency for final review before it is submitted to Au Pair in America. You will be notified by Au Pair in America once your application has been accepted and your profile will then be ready to be presented to our host families. How exciting!
Matching With Your Perfect Host Family
Our host families will be able to view your application online once you have been accepted to the program. You can keep track of which families are interested in you via your Application Site and the Au Pair App.
The families may now request to talk to you via telephone or Skype, and this will give you the opportunity to mutually make a informed decision about which family suits you best, and if you are a good match. This may depend on your childcare experience, their requirements, your mutual interests and compatible factors in general. How long it takes will depend on a variety of factors, it could be clear after one conversation or it may be longer than that.
Always be open–minded and consider the importance of finding the right family. Think about what it is you're hoping to gain from your au pair experience and if the family you are speaking to is going to help you achieve those goals. You are going to stay with them for a year, so you need to be sure that they are the right family for you! You can always contact your interviewer for advice if you are unsure.
Obtain your visa, pay the program fee and you're on your way to the USA!
After you have matched with a host family we are here to help you make an appointment at your local US Embassy to submit your J1 visa application. Au Pair in America arranges all your visa documents and your flight to the USA. We will not invoice you for the Au Pair in America Program Fee until you have matched with your host family. You will then pay the Program Free and select the Insurance Package you have decided on via your secure personal Application Site.
That’s it! You are now ready to live your dream as an Au Pair in America!