Here’s an issue I know absolutely nothing about– whether or not to help an au pair change her visa status. Here’s our host mom’s question:
I am a first-time Host parent with a second year Au Pair. She has been with us for 8 months and has decided that she’d like to change her Visa status after she has completed her year with us. She’d like to have a Student Visa and says that she needs a sponsor to do so. She asked my husband and I to be her sponsor. Of course we’d like to help her if we can, but I am unclear as to what a sponsorship entails. While I want to help her follow her dreams, I must make sure I am doing the best for my family.
I don’t even know where to get counsel on this one. Before this sponsorship thing arose, she did indicate to me that she would like to change her Visa status. So I contacted my LCC to she if she had any advice. My LCC told me that the agency’s policy is to not get involved on changing Visas.
Has any of your Host Parent readers ever been approached by their Au Pair to be a their sponsor? What did your readers decide to do and why?
Any direction, advice or comments are appreciated. Thank you in advance.