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Current Au Pair Resources

Find information for current au pairs below, including how to extend your program year with AuPairCare, insurance information, important visa details and travel opportunities.

Extend Your Stay in the U.S.

If you are enjoying your year as an au pair, you may want to consider the benefits of extending your program and staying longer. You could earn nearly $10,000 USD, receive up to $500 USD towards studying and enjoy another year in the United States.

You can extend your stay in the United States as an au pair for another 6, 9 or 12 months after your current program ends. Most extending au pairs choose to extend with their current family. However, you can also choose to extend and find a new host family, as many host families are eager to match with au pairs who have proven experience.

How to Extend:

  • Talk to your current family about extending your stay with them. Here are some tips on how to have the conversation
  • If you and your current host family decide not to extend with each other, talk with your Area Director about extending with a new family

Important Reminders about Extending!

  • Complete your education requirement before applying. The Department of State requires you to complete at least 6 credits or 60 hours or its equivalent at a U.S. post-secondary institution and have submitted evidence to AuPairCare before we are able to request your extension from the Department of State. To find an accredited school in your area login to Au Pair Room. 
  • AuPairCare verifies au pair education by contacting institutions and confirming au pair participation. 
  • Extension applications must be submitted 40 days prior to your program end date. A complete list of deadlines can be found in the 2019 Extension Deadlines Document. Additional information about how to extend will be available in your Au Pair Room account six months prior to your program end date. Late applications cannot be accepted by AuPairCare.

For more information about extending, please log into Au Pair Room.

Travel and J-1 Visa Renewal and Extension Information

During the extension program, if you wish to travel outside of the United States, you may need to renew your J-1 Visa or obtain an additional tourist visa. An au pair must have her extension approved by the Department of State prior to the visa renewal appointment at a U.S. Embassy.

Please note: Au pairs from certain countries may be required to obtain a tourist visa to enter a foreign country. The J-1 Visa for the United States does not automatically grant entry into other countries. You are responsible for checking the requirements for your home country.

Au Pair Travel and Accident Insurance

Insurance Overview:

All current au pairs are covered under a travel and accident insurance policy arranged by AuPairCare as part of their au pair benefits package and will be automatically enrolled with United HealthCare. For details of your coverage, insurance card, or to search the network of preferred provider doctors log into the Student Zone site. You can also visit your Au Pair Room account for frequently asked questions and other important insurance information. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the policy coverage and exclusions.

More information is available in your Au Pair Room Portal.