Important Information Regarding President Trump’s Proclamation on J1 Visas
As an au pair currently on the program, you are most likely aware of that President Trump issued a proclamation on June 22nd, 2020 that temporarily suspends arrivals to the US for certain non-immigrant visas in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Unfortunately, even though there was heavy advocacy on the part of families, sponsors, and members of Congress, the au pair program is included in this proclamation.
The visa suspension applies to those who are outside of the US and who do not have a visa as of June 24, 2020. If you are an au pair in the application process or currently placed with a host family waiting to arrive, please contact your local agent for the most updated information.
We do NOT believe that this proclamation impacts those au pairs who are in the U.S. We also do not believe that this order impacts those extending for their second year or for the special extension term.
We have asked the Department of State to advise as to whether au pairs who are currently outside of the U.S traveling on vacation will be allowed to re-enter the U.S. while the order is in effect. As has been the case for the past several months, au pairs are strongly urged not to leave the U.S. prior to the end of their program term, even for vacation, until we have clarity on whether their re-entry will be permissible.
While being included in the order is disappointing to so many, we remain hopeful that if the order is modified or when the order expires, embassies around the world will have fully reopened and other travel restrictions will have lifted and program operations can resume quickly.
Au Pair in America will continue to support all our au pairs and host families as they continue their program, extend for an additional term or complete their time together.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact your community counselor.
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