Personalized services
We handle everything
Pre-screened families
U.S. based support
Official partner of designated J1 sponsors


  1. Application: Apply on our website.
  2. Intake: We will invite you for a Skype interview during which we will check your eligibility.
  3. Payment: If you wish to start the program, you will be asked to pay the application fee of €350. This will then be deducted from the full program fee charged upon placement with a host family.
  4. Collecting Documents: After the application fee is received, Stage-USA will begin collecting your documents such as passport and reference letters to begin creating a profile  
  5. Placement Process: When the profile is complete, we will begin the placement process with a host family.
    - We will make your profile available for families to view.
    - A family that is interested in your profile will contact you.
    - If you feel that the family could be a fit, then respond to the host family's e-mail. Subsequently, you and the host family will proceed with at least two Skype interviews to determine if there is a match.
    - If there is a good match the next step of the process can begin
  6. Contracts: A contract between you and the host family will be created as well as visa-supporting documentation issued.
  7. Program cost: Invoice for the remaining program cost (€200) issued
  8. Training:  Completion of the Au Pair Progam on-line training and orientation is required by all participants prior to their arrival in the U.S. You will be issued with login credentials to access the site.  
  9. Visa preparation: Stage-USA will coordinate your visa application process. This includes an on-site interview at the USA embassy or consulate.
  10. Book flights: After your visa is approved, we will book your flights.
  11. Arriving in the USA: Upon arrival in the U.S., you will be picked up from the airport by your host family.
  12. Orientation: A local coordinator will provide an orientation to begin the program as an au pair in an American host family. 
  13. Enjoy: Enjoy your time as an au pair in the USA!