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Au pair requirements for the United States

Learn more about the basic requirements for both au pairs and host families to enter the au pair program in the United States.


Au pair requirements

  • You are 18 to 26 years old.
  • You have at least a B1 level of English.
  • You have never been married and have no children.
  • You want to stay in the US for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months.
An au pair plays with some toys with her host child, an infant, in the living room. Au pair requirements for the United States.

Host family requirements

  • You have at least one child under the age of 18.
  • You are a US citizen or legal permanent resident.
  • You are fluent in spoken English.
  • You have a private bedroom in your home for the au pair to live in for at least 12 months.
  • You have sufficient income to finance your au pair’s stay.
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Conditions and visa requirements for the United States
Two au pairs pose in front of the Empire State building in New York City during their au pair stay in America.
Conditions to au pair in the United States
Click here to read more about pocket money, lodging, holiday time, and other conditons.
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Visa requirements for the United States
Click here to learn more about the entry requirements and visa needed for your nationality.

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