To obtain a Social Security number, an au pair must go to the nearest Social Security office with her/his passport, I-94 card, DS-2019 form, and Social Security Letter from Cultural Care Au Pair (available in your online account). She/he will have to fill out an application form, which is available at the Social Security office nearest you
In order to grant the Social Security number, the SSA must verify the au pair’s visa status. If an au pair is told that she/he is not in the database yet or cannot be verified, she/he should ask to have her/his status verified through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) instead. Her/his Social Security number application will then be faxed to a central office to be verified. This process may take several days or weeks.
As part of you J-1 visa status and being an Au-Pair, you are required to take 6 credit classes in an accredited institution. Online and Adult Schools are not accepted, it absolutely has to be a local college; an accredited institution. Even if the class does not give you credits, you can count hours towards your fulfillment;
1 credit equals 12 hours – 6 credits equals 72 hours of class time
The following list of schools/colleges are accredited institutions you may take classes in. There are others, but this is in the immediate area. Please consult with each school individually. Below each school you will see the classes some of the Au-Pairs in our group have taken. This is just to help you get an idea what is offered, there are other options and different courses you may choose from.
Au-Pairs need to schedule the classes around the families schedule and the family is responsible for getting them to school, whether it is letting the Au-Pair use the car, dropping and picking the Au-Pair up or paying for public transportation the Au-Pair needs to use to get to classes. If Au-Pairs are sharing rides, please make sure the family is okay with it and use common sense!
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 1:09 PM