Here’s one of those “finer points” of the Host Parenting situation where we need some of you Agency experts to weigh in.
The US State Department (not the Au Pair Agencies themselves) “(1) Require that the host parents are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents”.
What happens when one parent IS a citizen but the other parent is not?
It seems like there ought to be a way for this potential Host Mom to work around the issue of Host Parent citizenship. After all, if a single parent who is a US citizen can qualify to host an Au Pair, can’t a family with a single Host Parent citizen and another adult also qualify?
Dear AuPairMom —
We’re sold on the idea of having an au pair and had been very excited to apply. We have two young kids that have had nannies in previous countries that we have lived in and were hoping to find an au pair from my husband’s home country (in Europe so that our two children would be able to continue practicing that (European) language with another person.
As I was signing up with agencies, I read the finer print that states both parents must be US citizens or green card holders. I am a US citizen but my husband is living in the US on a two-year work visa. His visa will be valid for longer than the period that we were planning on having the au pair but it is not a permanent resident visa.
I’m very disappointed that it sounds like we won’t be able to get an au pair, particularly as my ability to do the type of work I do depends on having flexible child care.
Do you have any suggestions or recommendations?
Some friends have suggested that I apply without my husband as a “single parent” but that just feels completely wrong and dishonest.
Part of the attraction in matching for someone would be that my husband is also from that country and we are very interested in a multi-cultural household that celebrates the two cultures.