Another way to establish yourself in NYC is by working as an au pair. An au pair is in charge of taking care of the children. He or she will get food and accommodation provided by the family free of charge, as well as a small allowance.
Au pairs are rarely professional child minders and will not be a qualified nanny. Although there are no set conditions to become an au pair in New York; American or European females between 19 and 30 are commonly preferred. Experience with children is likely to be demanded, as well as a conversational level of English. Spanish skills are often seen as a bonus.
Basic application criteria vary from agency to agency and families, but there are a few typical requirements to become an au pair in New York.
In addition to these requirements, it is common for families to ask for non-smoking, responsible and non-drinkers females.
The family has to welcome the au pair in thinking that she is not just an employee, but an important part of the family. They will make sure:
If you want to register as an au pair or as a family, you can contact:
You can also consult:
Usually agencies will ask for registration fees from the family, the au pair or both.
To become an au pair in the USA you are required to get a J-1 visa, which can only be obtained through one of the 16 designated US au pair agencies. The minimum length of an au pair stay as regulated by the J-1 VISA Exchange Visitor Program is 12 months.
When looking for an au pair position within the USA, this is the process you will need to follow:
Additional useful links and sources: U.S. Department of State regulations for the au pair program in the USA
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