J1 Au Pair arrivals suspended through Dec 31, 2020
GreatAuPair and thousands of US families and au pairs from around the world were stunned by the Trump administration's proclamation on June 22, 2020 that suspends au pair arrivals through December 31, 2020.
Due to substantial advocacy efforts on the part of families, sponsors, and members of Congress, we had early indications that au pairs would be excluded from the proclamation. Unfortunately, at the last minute, the au pair program was included in the proclamation.
We strongly disagree with the inclusion of au pair J1 visas in the proclamation and we will continue with additional avenues for advocacy and modifications in order to mitigate the impact on the au pair program, families and au pairs. We will continue to stress the importance of the au pair program for working families in the US and the many benefits of cultural exchange.
While the J1 au pair visa being included in the executive order is disappointing to so many, we remain hopeful that if the order is modified or when the order expires, embassies around the world will have fully reopened and other travel restrictions will have lifted and program operations will quickly resume.
GreatAuPair will continue to support its au pairs and host families as they continue their program, extend for an additional term or complete their time together.
Au pairs already on program in the US with a valid J1 visa are not affected and may be eligible to extend their stay. For more information on extensions or if you have questions about your specific situation. Please contact your Coordinator, Program Advisor or Au Pair services.
We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications to our program during this time. We are still processing applications, but due to the volume, processing times could take up to 36 hours, so please know that we are here working on your behalf and we request your patience through this period.
Meanwhile, it's important to share the facts and support the Au Pair Program. Vocalize your concern. Feel free to utilize the following points.
- We oppose the inclusion of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) in the recent Presidential proclamation.
- J1 Exchange Visitor Program is an important cultural exchange program, not a work program.
- International exchange programs support the United States' national security interests. Exchange visitors' understanding and affinity for the United States supports our diplomatic efforts worldwide, which is especially important during challenging times like this one.
- Cultural exchange programs positively contribute more than $1.2 billion to the United States economy each year.
- These programs address unique needs in the United States. They enable American host businesses to remain open year-round. By law, participants do not displace American workers.
- We need to save these programs and will be sharing more information in the near future about how you can help.
Thank you for your continued support of GreatAuPair and the au pair program.