If the person in question meets certain requirements, it will be easier for agencies to find a family.
What Are the Requirements to Get the J1 Visa and Work As a Nanny?
- Being 18-26 years old.
- Being healthy.
- Having no criminal record.
- Having completed, at least, the secondary education.
- Being able to prove that you’ve worked 200 hours babysitting.
- Not having been previously in the United States as an au-pair, i.e. a nanny.
- Speaking at least intermediate English.
- Committing to live with an American family for a minimum of one year. This period may be extended for three, six or twelve months.
These are the requirements that agencies generally look for when choosing a candidate:
- Being a woman: a man can also be selected though. The fact is that there is a preference for women.
- Having a driver’s license.
- Being flexible in terms of the geographic area where you want to live and also in relation to the number of children of the host family.
- Being a non-smoker.
Important: You can only spend a season as an au pair in the United States, participating in the program through authorized government agencies.
Young people from other countries who want to spend a season in the United States working and learning English can apply for different types of programs, for example:
- Internships in an NGO.
- Professional internships.
- Working at a Summer Camp.