You may have some questions about whether international travel is possible, and if current travel restrictions relating to COVID-19 will impact your arrival. We have great news - AuPairCare has welcomed hundreds of au pairs this year from a wide variety of countries and continue to welcome even more this year and into 2022!
However, due to COVID-19 and to US Presidential Proclamation 10143, entry to the US is not currently permitted from select countries, such as China and South Africa. At the moment, au pairs from these countries can only enter the US if they meet the requirements for a National Interest Exception. AuPairCare has helped many au pairs and families successfully apply for a National Interest exception. Au pairs who are eligible for the NIE for entry to the U.S will apply for the Exception when applying for the J-1 au pair visa to enter the U.S. Watch the video below for a breakdown!
Frequently Asked Questions
Which au pairs are eligible for the National Interest Exception?
When does the au pair apply for the National Interest Exception?
What documentation is needed for the National Interest Exception?
Option A: Medical Provider Exception
Option B: Particular Needs Exception
The host family will send their cover letter and supporting documentation directly to their au pair for submission during the visa application process. The au pair will follow the local embassy processes for application and document submission. Au pairs and host families can also review this document as a guide for the process to apply for the National Interest Exception.
Support when applying for the National Interest Exception
We are hopeful that your request will be approved; however, we would like to note that AuPairCare does not have control over visa appointments at embassies and consulate offices around the world. Requesting a National Interest exception for your au pair is a request and not a guarantee. As always, visas are granted or denied at the discretion and direction of each individual consulate office and we still have to consider current global travel restrictions in effect as we plan your au pair's earliest arrival.
Have additional questions regarding the National Interest Exception?
Please feel free to contact your Matching Expert if you have additional questions regarding the process to apply for the National Interest Exception. You can find their information in the "Contact Us" section fo your Portal.