Proposed Changes to the Federal Au Pair Program
On October 30, 2023, the U.S. Department of State introduced proposed regulations for the Au Pair Program. The public comment period, concluding on January 28, 2024, witnessed an incredible response with nearly 10,000 comments from diverse stakeholders, showcasing widespread support for this beloved program. A heartfelt thank you to all who shared their stories emphasizing the value of cultural exchange.
There are no changes to the existing regulations and obligations.
The Department of State proposes to ‘grandfather’ programs
that began prior to the final rule’s effective date
(i.e., 180 days from publication of the final rule).
We believe that, if implemented, the proposed rule would transform an international cultural exchange program, which has enjoyed nearly 40 years of success, into a domestic labor program. AuPairCare, in collaboration with fellow sponsors, worked closely with the Alliance for International Exchange and the law offices of McDermott Will & Emery to submit comprehensive, data-backed comment letters addressing key concerns and offering recommendations for improved regulations. These letters can be reviewed in detail below.
The Alliance for International Exchange also has further details on additional au pair advocacy efforts and media stories.
Now, during the post-comment period, the Department of State will meticulously review and analyze all received comments. This governmental process may take months or even years, as every perspective shared will be considered. The Department of State will ultimately decide whether to proceed with rulemaking, issue a modified proposal, or withdraw the initial proposal.
We remain optimistic that the collective efforts made over the past few months have influenced positive changes. As we await further developments, know that your voices have made a significant impact, contributing to the ongoing dialogue shaping the program's future.