My Au Pair year end: Should I Stay or Should I go?

After a great year with the Host Family, many Au Pairs want to stay in the U.S. to travel or to stay for another year here.  Au Pairs have many options after the first year in the Au Pair program.

As Au Pair successfully completes her year in the Au Pair program, she is given 30 days to travel throughout the United States before having to return home. Go Au Pair’s exclusive Bed and Breakfast program allows Au Pair to travel to various states and stay in former Host Families’ homes, rather than paying for a hotel. Contact Go Au Pair for more details about this great program.

Many Au Pairs prefer to extend with their current Host Families, but Au Pairs also have the option to extend with a different Host Family and see another part of the country, make new friends and family.

Au Pairs who successfully complete their first year are able to extend their Au Pair program for additional 6, 9 or 12 months. In order to qualify for the extension program, An Au Pair must complete all the educational requirements and remain in good standing with the program. Read more about End of Year Options

And if you decided go home – you are  welcome back  – with a new Au Pair Again program.

The Au Pair Again program allows former Au Pairs to return to the U.S. again with their original family or with a new one.

Au Pairs traveling outside of the USA

One of the fantastic opportunities the Au Pair program offers to Au pairs is the chance to travel with their host family or friends outside the USA.

Au pairs are allowed to travel outside of the USA during their 12 month stay. Go Au Pair does not recommend traveling outside of the US during the last 2 months of the year. Even though the Au Pair has a valid visa, sometimes immigration officers question why the au pair traveled outside of the country so close to the expiration date of her visa.

Also the dates on the Au Pair’s visa often are different from the au pair’s actual arrival into the country. If you want to know what an Au Pair needs to do in order to travel outside of the United States read this post.

Travel outside of the U.S. during the au pair’s 13th month is not permitted by the J-1 visa. If an Au Pair leaves the  USA during this month, she will not be allowed to re-enter the USA.  Au Pair may travel to Hawaii in their 13th month.

It is the responsibility of the Au Pair to check to see if a tourist visa is required for the country she is visiting.

Travel to Canada: please follow this link to find out if the Au Pair needs a tourist visa: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp. Travel to Mexico: please follow this link to find out if the Au Pair needs a tourist visa: National Institute of Immigration Mexico
For all other countries, please visit www.embassyworld.com for a listing of embassies for various countries. If the au pair travels without the appropriate documents, such as a tourist visa, she may be prohibited from boarding the plane and/or denied entry into the country.

There are a few travel restrictions for Au Pairs while they are in the US on a J-1 visa. For more information please read Where can an Au Pair travel?

Go Au Pair agency asks Au Pairs and Host Families to contact the agency several weeks before traveling outside the country so that all appropriate documentation may be done in time.

Au Pairs traveling in the USA.

Au Pairs have a terrific opportunity traveling throughout the U.S. during their program year or a 30-day grace period after their year in the program. There are many sites and places that aupairs would like to visit. Many Au Pairs keep a list of all the things they would like to see.

Philadelphia is one of  the top destination for tourists, the city is full of history, culture and arts.

Au Pairs can plan a short trip during their two and a half days off or even one day trip. They can enjoy visiting a lot of places  in Philadelphia. Au Pairs also can go to New York, Washington DC or interesting places in New Jersey or Delaware  which are not very far driving or using train or bus even for one day trip.

Here are a lot of place to visit which need at least several days and additional housing accommodation.

Go Au Pair has a Bed and Breakfast program and our Au Pairs can travel and stay with host families around the U.S. for free. Go Au Pair’s exclusive Bed and Breakfast program allows you to travel to various states and stay in former Host Families’ homes, rather than paying for a hotel. Contact Go Au Pair for more details about this great program.

As Au Pairs successfully completes their year in the Au Pair program, they are given 30 days to travel throughout the United States before having to return home.

Au pairs may consider traveling together with  friends. Traveling together Au Pairs will be able to save money on hotels, food, and rental cars, to have a lot of fun together and to make unforgettable memory with friends.

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