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BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) provides opportunities for qualified foreign nationals to travel and gain experience in the US through a wide range of programs for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.
BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) Au Pair is for foreign nationals who come to the United States for the purpose of residing with an American host family and participating directly in their home life, while providing limited childcare services, and fulfilling an educational requirement.
• Foreign nationals:
• Age 18 to 26
• Proficient in spoken English
• A secondary school graduate or equivalent
• Capable of fully participating in the program as evidenced by the satisfactory completion of a physical
• Personally interviewed, in English, by an organizational representative who shall prepare a report of the interview which shall be provided to the host family
• Successful in passing a background investigation that includes verification of school, three, non-family related personal and employment references, a criminal background check or its recognized equivalent and a personality profile. Such personality profile will be based upon a psychometric test designed to measure differences in characteristics among applicants against those characteristics considered most important to successfully participate in the au pair program

• Participants continue their education while experiencing everyday life with an American family, and hosts receive reliable and responsible childcare from individuals who become part of the family.

• School credit: Complete at least six hours of academic credit or equivalent in formal educational settings at an accredited US post-secondary educational institution
• Financial value: Receive up to $500 toward the cost of required academic course work; room and board plus compensation for childcare work

Maximum 12 months; possible extension of 6, 9, or 12 months

• Host family stay: Live with a family for 12 months, with the option to extend 6, 9, or 12 more months.
• Professional training: Receive 32+ hours of childcare training the program start date
• Childcare experience: Provide up to 10 hours a day/45 hours a week of childcare

• No families that have an infant less than three months old unless a parent or other responsible adult is at home
• No homes with children under two years of age unless the Au Pair has at least 200 hours of documented infant childcare experience
• No homes with children under two years of age unless the Au Pair has at least 200 hours of documented infant families with a special needs child(ren), as identified by the family, unless the au pair has identified his/her prior experience, skills or training in the care of special needs children and the host family has reviewed and acknowledged the au pair’s prior experience, skills, or training in writing childcare experience
• No homes of relatives