May 17, 2016
To qualify for a J-1 visa as an au pair in the U.S., the applicant must be accepted to participate in a certified au pair exchange program who will act as the applicant’s sponsor in the U.S.
To participate in an au pair program, the applicant must be aged between 18 and 26, have graduated from secondary school (or equivalent) and have proficient English language skills. Some programs may require the applicant to have previous child care experience.
J-1 visa applicants may also be required to meet certain health and character requirements.