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The J-1 visa permits Au Pair in America participants to reside legally
in the United States for 12 months while caring for children in a program-approved
host family. Au pairs and companions in good standing may apply for
an extension of stay to continue participation in the program for an
additional 6, 9 or 12 months.
J-1 visa conditions state that the au pair or companion must meet
her responsibilities to the host family, not accept paid employment
beyond the hours and duties specified by the program, and return home
at the end of her program participation. Providing child care assistance for an
American family beyond the 12-month or extended duration of stay is
Au pairs or companions who have successfully completed the program
in the past, have resided outside of the U.S. for at least two years
and are between 18 and 26 and a half, may return on the Au Pair in
America program for a second time on a J-1 visa.
Participants who leave the program early and remain in the United
States are in breach of visa regulations. If this happens, Au Pair
in America notifies the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
and The Department of State.
The DHS allows J-1 visa holders to take an additional month at the
conclusion of the exchange to travel in the United States. During that
time, participants are free to travel within the United States independently
of the program. They are not permitted to provide child care during
their travel month in the United States.
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