Posts Tagged ‘United States Department of State’

First Berlitz Language School in Providence, R...

First Berlitz Language School in Providence, Rhode Island 1878  (Photo credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

Go Au Pair’s presence in Austin, TX is exciting—and linked to growth opportunities for both Host Families and au pairs.

One educational opportunity for au pairs is the Berlitz Language Center. Berlitz specializes in Global Leadership Training, to allow individuals from multiple cultures to prepare for international career  assignments—and fit in like a native. A variety of instructional methods–private, group, and web-based–are available. Remember that for au pairs to receive education credits, instruction must be in-person.

Berlitz adult programs may be appropriate for au pairs who wish to increase their English language skills. The Berlitz Kids and Teens program may become an adventure for the entire family.

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AuPairCare (Photo credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

To many families the process of matching with and then receiving a Department of State cultural au pair into their home and family seems daunting—but there are many ways that Go Au Pair, one of the eight original au pair agencies approved at the beginning of the DOS program, can make the process easy.

Go Au Pair has nearly 300 au pairs (young adults between 18  and 26 years) around the world who have finished their training and are ready to match. If the au pair is in his/her native country, Go Au Pair’s international staff guides the process of completing the local embassy interview and acquiring the J-1 Visa needed to enter the United States. When the au pair is ready to fly to join his/her Host Family, the international staff coordinates with the Local Area Representative to make the process seamless.

Throughout the year of service, the au pair and the Host Family continue to be supported with necessary local information such as where and how to obtain a Social Security card and a driver’s license. Then, when it is time to return home, the international team springs into action again.

All of this planning  supports the making of wonderful memories for all concerned. Kids who have grown up with au pairs are different—in good ways.

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“I just entered the US. I have a visitor’s visa that says it is good for 10 years, but at the airport they stapled a card in my passport that says I was admitted for 6 months. How long can I actually stay in the US: 6 months or 10 years?”

The secret is the little card they stapled into the visa. That little card is anI-94, and the I-94 tells the date on which you must leave the US. An au pair’s visa may expire during her program without consequences. However, an au pair must not stay in the US beyond the date on her I-94; consequences will ensue.

To recap, if a J-1 visa has a stamped expiration date of 3 or 6 months, that means only that the individual (e.g., an au pair) must travel into the US within 3 or 6 months. The I-94 tells how long the au pair may actually stay in the US. If the I-94 says 12 months, then 12 months is when the au pair must leave.

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