Your “Dear Au Pair” letter is a chance to tell your potential Au Pair everything not specifically asked for in the application and to reiterate to your potential Au Pair what’s most important to you. Suggested topics to write about include:
Your “Dear Au Pair” letter is completed as part of your online application and although you can save your progress at any time, Go Au Pair recommends you first draft your letter outside of the online application.
To best accommodate Host Families, Go Au Pair automatically and without additional charge, separates total program fees into two payments. The first program fee installment is due when you match with your Au Pair. The second program fee installment is due 30 days before your Au Pair arrives. The time difference in between payments varies depending on the visa process and when you want your Au Pair to arrive. In country Au Pairs sometimes follow a different structure, contact our office for details.
Families who need program fees separated into more than two installments and allocated across a greater time frame take advantage of our flexible payment plan. Visit payment options for more details.
No, Au Pairs cannot have pet care responsibilities. Au Pairs can only provide child care related services and cannot be required to care for a pet.
Au Pairs can however, assist with pet care when it pertains to child care. For example, your Au Pair can assist your children who have pet care responsibilities. Some Au Pairs become so embedded into your family’s life that they voluntarily care for your pet(s) in addition to your children. Au Pairs can willingly assist with pet care, but it cannot be a formal responsibility or duty.
Au Pair applications contain information about pet restrictions the candidate may (or may not) have.
A Placement Coordinator is your dedicated support representative at our headquarters office who assists you during your entire Au Pair child care experience, start to finish and everything in between. Every Host Family is assigned to a dedicated Placement Coordinator.
Your Placement Coordinator supports you in the following ways:
Officially, Au Pairs can come from any country which has positive diplomatic relations with the United States. However, Go Au Pair does not grant the J-1 visa for your Au Pair and constantly monitors and tracks visa denials across the world. Sometimes certain countries experience an unusually high volume of J-1 visa denials. This high denial volume could be temporary or long standing depending on the country and situation.
As a result of high visa denial rates, Go Au Pair sometimes recommends families do not match with Au Pairs from certain countries or charges a non-refundable visa fee for families who want Au Pairs from these high denial countries. We know from our 20+ years of experience it is easier on families and their children to not consider an Au Pair from a certain country than to experience a disappointing visa denial.
Visa denial rates are constantly changing. Contact our office for the most recent information on high denial countries and learn what options you may have.
Currently Go Au Pair recommends against Au Pairs from the following countries due to high J-1 visa denial rates: