Imagine it — you have an au pair you love. She didn’t want to extend. Now she’s changed her mind, but the agency says it’s too late.
Is it really too late?
Dear Au Pair Mom–
We just ended the year with the world’s best au pair. She is a part of our family. The kids miss her terribly as do my husband and I.
We invited her to extend and she was very torn – and in the end decided to decline our offer. On her last day with us she sobbed and told us she wished she had extended. We were sobbing too. That was January 5.
Now she’s in her travel month. Cultural Care says they cannot extend her J-1 visa at this point because her “program” has ended.
What I want to know is this – what’s the deal with staying in the country with an expired J-1? Has anyone ever heard of a “reinstated” J-1? And has anyone ever heard of Cultural Care “reinstating” an Au pair in their travel month?
Do I need a friend at the State Department or is this a lost cause?
Thanks in advance for any help, thoughts, or information the you and the AuPairMom community might be able to offer –– FingersCrossed Host Mom