Au Pair Resources


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.

Required documents: 

  • 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.)
  • DS-2019
  • 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. 


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

Au Pair Departure Home

 After APIA receives your flight request form (and travel month insurance, if applicable), you will receive an email confirmation. If you don’t receive this confirmation within three weeks of sending your request, please contact Stefanie Mulé immediately at smule @aifs. com.

You will receive an email with your flight itinerary no later than 4-5 weeks prior to departure.

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