J-1 (exchange visitors) AU Pair

United States
Cost of Living
Talent Migration


The J-1 classification (exchange visitors) is authorized for those who intend to participate in an approved program for the purpose of Au Pair.

Application Process:

Step 1: The U.S. Department of State plays the primary role in administering the J-1 exchange visitor program, so the first step in obtaining a J-1 visa is to submit a Form DS-2019.

Step 2: Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status, (formerly known as an IAP-66). This form will be provided by your sponsoring agency.

Step 3: An official who is authorized to issue Form DS-2019 is known as a Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO). Your RO or ARO will explain to you what documents are needed in order to be issued a DS-2019.

Step 4: After you have obtained a Form DS-2019, you may then apply for a J-1 visa through the U.S. Department of State at a U.S. embassy or consulate.



12 months





Processing time

6-8 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the J-1 (exchange visitors) AU Pair ?

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • You need to be between 18 to 26 years old.
  • You need a proof of English proficiency.
  • You need to be graduated from at least a secondary school.
  • You need to pass a background and personality check.

Which documents do I need to apply for the J-1 (exchange visitors) AU Pair ?

9 Document Required

  • Fill DS-160 form online.
  • 2 photographs as per the requirements.
  • Form DS-2019 provided by sponsors via the SEVIS system.
  • Form DS-7002 for interns or trainees.
  • Copies of valid passport.
  • Visa application fee payment receipt (those sponsored by a U.S agency are exempt from paying the fee).
  • Proof of valid health insurance.
  • Copies of contract with host family.
  • Proof of English proficiency.

Talent Migration data for United States

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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