Do you want to stand on the sunny beaches of California, explore historical sites in Washington, D.C., or go on a ski trip in Colorado? You can! During your au pair year, you can travel throughout the United States. Be sure to discuss your vacation dates with your host family early on in your program year to make the most of your time off. Any independent travel you do during your year is your responsibility and at your own expense.
During your first program year you should be able to travel internationally and return to the U.S. without any problem as long as:
If you opt to extend for an additional 6, 9 or 12-months, once your extension is approved, Au Pair USA will issue a new DS-2019 form reflecting your extended program dates. This form represents your legal status to remain in the United States as an au pair. Although your DS-2019 form will be updated, the J-1 Visa in your passport will typically expire at the end of your first 12-month program period. If you leave the United States and your visa has expired, you need to apply for a new J-1 visa before you can re-enter. The only exception is if you travel to countries that participate in Automatic Visa Revalidation.
Although your J-1 Visa will typically expire at the end of your first year as an au pair, Automatic Visa Revalidation should allow you to travel to Canada, Mexico or one of the Caribbean Islands and re-enter the United States during your extension period, although this decision is ultimately up to the Department of Homeland Security officers at the U.S. border. This decision is ultimately up to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers at the border. Please see the complete details about the Automatic Visa Revalidation .
At the end of your au pair program, you will have a travel period of up to 30 days. Both your DS-2019 form and J-1 Visa are expired during this time and you are no longer eligible for Automatic Visa Revalidation. If you leave the USA during this travel period, you will not be allowed to re-enter the USA.