What does President Trump’s executive order mean with regards to the au pair program?
President Trump’s executive order temporarily suspends the issuance of new visas for a number of programs through December 31, 2020, including the J-1 visa issued for the au pair program. For current placements already in the U.S., this will not affect your program participation.
How will this affect au pairs with no visa?
Unfortunately, due to the executive order, au pairs without a visa in hand will not be able to arrive before December 31, 2020.
How will this affect au pairs who have an approved visa and a scheduled arrival?
The executive order states that anyone who does not hold a valid nonimmigrant visa and does not have an official travel document outside the United States may not enter. If the au pair has a valid J-1 visa and a DS-2019 form, our interpretation is that her entry will be permitted.
Will au pairs still have the ability to extend after President Trump’s proclamation?
Yes! Please check your portal for more information on extension opportunities.
Do you anticipate an update to this executive order?
Yes, as stated in the executive order, within 30 days of June 24, 2020, the Secretary of Homeland Security in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Labor will recommend any modifications. We will update au pairs and host families accordingly.
We are hearing reports of potential waivers or exemptions to the presidential proclamation for au pairs. Is this true?
AuPairCare is reviewing these reports with contacts at the U.S. Department of State, the White House and policy makers to get clarity on these reports. As of now, we can only rely on the proclamation as stated. Should anything change, we will be sure to update you accordingly.
What does this mean for AuPairCare?
AuPairCare will continue to provide an excellent experience for thousands of au pairs and host families on program, and we will continue to do so as we believe in this cultural exchange program. We will also continue to advocate strongly for new visas to be issued to our international community and will keep host families updated of advocacy efforts and ways they can support these efforts individually
Will I still be able to apply for a January 2021 arrival?
Yes! We encourage au pairs to continue to apply for the program if they can arrive in 2021. We will have host families who will be ready to match with them. 2021 Virtual and Standard (in person) Academy dates are being added to the AuPairCare arrival date calendar now.
Do you think that these restrictions could be extended in the US?
AuPairCare does not anticipate an extension on the J1 visa restriction. As stated in the executive order, within 30 days of June 24, 2020, the Secretary of Homeland Security in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Labor will recommend any modifications. We will update au pairs and host families accordingly.