Presidential Proclamation Suspends Au Pair Arrivals, BUT…

/Presidential Proclamation Suspends Au Pair Arrivals, BUT…

—- UPDATE AS OF 5/27/2021 —-

Au Pairs continue to arrive into the U.S. from our most popular countries:

  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • El Salvador
  • Colombia

Embassies worldwide continue to re-open after the expiration of presidential proclamation 10052. Other success from countries with travel suspensions such as South Africa, China, and Brazil are possible under the National Interest Exception.

—- UPDATE AS OF 2/23/2021 —-

Au Pairs continue to arrive into the U.S. from our most popular countries:

  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • El Salvador
  • Colombia

Over 65% of our available Au Pairs could join your family within 8 weeks of match.

We anticipate additional countries will open soon and have success from countries with travel suspensions such as China, Brazil and France under the National Interest Exception.

Our families agree… Au Pair child care is the best! Register for free today and start browsing Au Pair profiles.

“After years of stress and frustration, and many different nannies, we decided to look for an au pair. When Veronika arrived on January 2, 2016 our lives were forever changed. We had no idea that a real life Mary Poppins had just arrived!”

Carrie • Host Mom, Au Pair in Excellence Runner-up

“I can honestly say that bringing her to live with us as our au pair has been the best decision we could possibly have made. She has afforded us so many priceless “intangibles” during her time here that I can’t begin to quantify her contributions to our family.”

Jennifer • Host Mom

—- UPDATE AS OF 1/12/2021 —-

Update to Presidential Proclamations extending J visa suspension 
On December 31, 2020 the White House issued updates to Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052 extending both Proclamations until March 31, 2021.  Visas will continue to be approved under the National Interest Exception (NIE) in countries where travel suspensions exist.  Visas will continue to be approved under the Preliminary Injunction in countries where embassies have resumed operations and travel to the U.S. is permitted.

Learn more about Au Pair arrival by country: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services (FAQ)
Learn more about travel restrictions: Matched Au Pairs Arriving into America (FAQ)

—- UPDATE AS OF 10/12/2020 —-

Preliminary Injunction Issued

On October 1, 2020 a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the June 22, 2020 Presidential Proclamation 10052 suspending J1 Visas.  On October 9,2020 the State Department confirmed the scope of the injunction applies to named plaintiffs only.  Go Au Pair is not a named plaintiff, therefore our Au Pairs are still subject to the terms of the proclamation including the National Interest Exception.  The State Department reiterated limitation of routine services provided at Embassies worldwide as they continue the phased re-opening and re-staffing post by post.

Although we are not included in the injunction Go Au Pair is encouraged by the judge’s ruling and confidence that Proclamation 10052 will be overturned.  In the meanwhile, Go Au Pair continues to experience some success with Au Pair arrival under the National Interest Exception and preparing for 2021 arrivals.  We look forward to the removal of travel restrictions and resumption of visa services across the world.

Original Proclamation Suspending new J visas
On June 22, 2020 the White House issued Presidential Proclamation 10052 temporarily suspending NEW J nonimmigrant visas for Au Pairs until December 31, 2020 (recently extended).  This proclamation is a continuation of proclamation 10014, issued on April 22, 2020.
On July 16, 2020, Go Au Pair received guidance from the U.S. Department of State (via the Alliance for International Exchange) clarifying National Interest Exception waivers to the proclamations.  See below for more information or take next steps Next Steps for National Interest Exception Waiver (FAQ).

The temporary suspension means NEW J visas will not be issued to Au Pairs during the suspension period, currently slated to start June 24, 2020 and expire on December 31, 2020 (recently extended).  U.S. Embassies worldwide have suspended routine services in response to proclamation 10014.

The following Au Pairs are delayed in obtaining a visa:

The following Au Pairs are NOT impacted by the new suspension:

  • Au Pairs matched with families still in their home country with approved visas (see options here: Matched Au Pairs Arriving into America (FAQ))
  • Au Pairs currently in the U.S. either in their first year, extension period
  • Au Pairs currently in the U.S. under a COVID-specific, one-time, exceptional extension period
    • 60-day extension
    • Second, 6-mo extension

Some Au Pairs Have Arrived Under the National Interest Exception.

Success with Au Pair Arrival

Au Pairs have arrived from two countries since the J1 visa suspension began  (representing over 100 Au Pairs available now), and three other countries have approved Au Pair J1 visas!  We are closely monitoring the progress of Au Pairs applying in additional countries and encourage families to contact our office for the latest updates.

We are thrilled with the opportunity the National Interest Exception offers to families who depend on Au Pair child care to provide medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19, to research COVID-19, or to support a child who requires special care.  Visa approval and travel into America remains ever-changing but we encourage qualifying families to pursue Au Pair arrival this year.

How to Qualify for Au Pair Arrival

We assist Host Families interested in pursuing the National Interest Exception through all three steps of the exceptional process leveraging our recent experience and success.  Families are encouraged to speak with a representative from our office to confirm their qualifications under the National Interest Exception and to understand the current situation unique to the Au Pair’s home country for Embassy Interviews and travel to the U.S.

Step 1: Gather documentation that best explains your situation

Most likely, your Au Pair has one opportunity to present to the Consular Officer at the Embassy the details of your situation and reason for exemption.  And, the Consular Officer is the only person who decides if the visa is granted.  Securing the best documentation to explain your situation is critical and we are here to advise you on presenting the best information to secure a visa approval.

Families pursuing the exception for employment reasons have provided letters from employers detailing job title and responsibilities and confirmation of COVID-19 related medical care or research.  Company-wide communications discussing the COVID-19 situation at the institution and anonymous patient information demonstrating COVID-19 diagnosis have also been successful at demonstrating the exception is met.

Families seeking Au Pair arrival for a child who requires special care have provided documents from medical experts describing the child’s medical issue and a personal letter from the host parents explaining the necessity of the Au Pair to provide care.

Families who join the Go Au Pair Community receive detailed instructions on what types of documents to include and what information should be included in each to best influence a successful outcome,

Step 2: Agree with your Au Pair

Both Family and Au Pair must mutually agree to pursue an Embassy Interview under the National Interest Exception.  The Au Pair must thoroughly understand the supporting documentation gathered in the first step to ensure confidence and accuracy during the interview with the Consulate Officer.

Step 3: Prepare for the Embassy Interview

Our international partners around the world closely monitor the U.S. Embassies in their country.    We regularly communicate and receive updates on embassy openings, interview appointments scheduled, interview appointments cancelled or delayed, visa approvals or denials, paperwork and administrative delays and anything else expected or unexpected happening related to obtaining a J1 Au Pair Visa.  We work hard to manage family expectations on risks in obtaining a visa and around travel to the U.S.  Families who join the Go Au Pair Community have access to updated information by country on the embassy and travel situations.

What is the National Interest Exception?

Section 3 of the Presidential Suspension states “the suspension…shall not apply to… any alien whose entry would be in the national interest as determined by the Secretary of State, he Secretary of Homeland Security, or their respective designees.”

On July 16, 2020 Go Au Pair was provided a copy of a communication from the U.S. Department of State to congressional offices regarding Bureau of Consular Affairs guidance clarifying National Interest Exception waivers to the various Presidential Proclamations.  We currently understand the National Interest Exception to apply to Au Pairs in the following situations:

Childcare services provided for a child with medical issues as diagnosed by a qualified medical professional where the Au Pair possess special skills required to care for a child with a particular need (e.g. medical, special education, sign language).

Childcare services provided for a child whose parents are involved with the provision of medical care to individuals who have contracted COVID-19.

Childcare services provided for a child whose parents are involved with medical research at United States facilities to help the United States combat COVID-19.

Impacts of the Suspension

On June 22, 2020 the White House issued a proclamation temporarily suspending NEW J non-immigrant visas for Au Pairs until December 31, 2020.  This proclamation is a continuation of proclamation 10014, issued on April 22, 2020.

The temporary suspension means NEW J visas will not be issued to Au Pairs during the suspension period, currently slated to start June 24, 2020 and expire on December 31, 2020.  U.S. Embassies worldwide have suspended routine visa services in response to proclamation 10014.

The following Au Pairs are delayed in obtaining a visa:

  • Applying and Available Au Pairs
  • Au Pairs matched with families still in their home country without visas

The following Au Pairs are NOT impacted by the new suspension:

  • Au Pairs matched with families still in their home country with approved visas
  • Au Pairs currently in the U.S. either in their first year, extension period
  • Au Pairs currently in the U.S. under a COVID-specific, one-time, exceptional extension period
    • 60-day extension
    • Second, 6-mo extension

Go Au Pair’s Perspective on the Suspsension

Go Au Pair and the entire cultural exchange community opposes the inclusion of J-1 Exchange Visitor Programs in the proclamation.  We firmly believe in the value the Au Pair Program adds, not only to the U.S. economy through participant spending and enabling American Host Parents to work, but also through the invaluable relationships which positively influence Au Pairs, Parents and Children for the rest of their lives.

Although we cannot predict the future and everything is subject to change, there are a handful of positive possibilities for Au Pairs around the proclamation which will be explored in the upcoming weeks.  First, there is a stated expiration date.  Unlike the travel suspension proclamations which only accounted for time frames for review and continuation, this proclamation has a hard fast expiration date stated.  Secondly, there are set time frames for review and recommendations for modifications (within 30 days of effective date, every 60 days thereafter).  Thirdly, an exemption exists for anyone who is “necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States” which may be broadly defined and is at the discretion of the Secretary of State, Secretary of Labor and Secretary of Homeland Security.  Lastly, there are many opponents to the perspectives in the proclamation and legal actions are possible.

What can Host Families Do?

If you are saddened to see our amazing Au Pair program degraded by perspectives that say Au Pairs are a cheap labor program, here are ways you can make your voice heard:

  1. Sign the Change.org petition to Save J1 Programs
  2. Share your perspective on social media using hashtag #SaveJ1 to unify your voice with others who value the Au Pair Experience
  3. Contact the White House.
    1. https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
    2. You have 2,000 characters to state your opinion
  4. Contact your Congressman:
    1. Search by state: https://www.house.gov/representatives
    2. Search by zip code: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
  5. Contact your Senator
    1. Locate by state: https://www.senate.gov/senators/index.htm

We encourage our American Host Families to express their opinions on how the Au Pair Program strengthens the U.S. economy and labor market, especially now, following the coronavirus outbreak.

By |2021-05-27T12:45:59+00:00September 21st, 2020|News|

About the Author:

Devon is the Executive Director of Go Au Pair, working closely with all departments to ensure successful placements for Host Families and Au Pairs.
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