If you have a legal or serious medical problem, notify your Community Counselor. If your Community Counselor is not available and you cannot wait for her return, call the 24-hour emergency service at 1-800-928-7247.
Au Pair Social Security Card
You can apply for your Social Security (SS) card four days after arriving in the US.
- Application For a Social Security Card Form SS-5 (In box 5 for citizenship information, check off “Legal Alien Allowed To Work.”)
- Unexpired passport with visa
- I-94 (Click on “Get Most Recent I-94” at the top of the page. Download and print your I-94.)
- As an au pair, you do not need to provide an employment authorization letter since au pair is a category of J-1 visa participant who has authorization to work.
- Important Update: the Social Security office at 2100 M Street is now permanently closed.
- Host families and au pairs have recommended the following location:
- 1300 D St, SW, Washington, DC 20024
- Use this link to confirm hours of operation and find other locations.
Au Pair Driver License and Identification Card
Au Pair Education
Au Pair Health Care (if you are sick and need to see a doctor)
Au Pair Money Matters
Au Pair Travel Inside the US
Travel/Tour Companies & Travel Websites
- AAA Bus Safety Reports
- Bolt Bus– trips between Baltimore, Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and DC
- Vamoose Bus – trips between NYC and Bethesda, MD, Arlington, VA, or Lorton, VA
- MegaBus – trips between Washington, DC and many destinations up and down the East Coast. New routes from DC to Virginia Beach beginning Summer 2017
- Super Shuttle– transportation to and from airports in DC and all over the US
- Happy-Cars -car rental for 18+
Places to Stay
Au Pair Travel Outside the US
- APIA Information on Traveling Outside of the US
- APIA Visa Information (including travel during your extension year)
- APIA Travel Validation Request Form (to obtain APIA’s signature on your DS-2019)
- Automatic Revalidation Fact Sheet (Canada, Mexico, & Caribbean travel for Extension APs)
- Do I need a Visa to travel?
- Washington DC Embassy Directory
- Visiting Canada