Au pairs who wish to extend do not have the full 12 months to complete the educational component. Cultural Care must submit all extension requests to the Department of State at least 30 days before the end of the au pair’s first year, and extension requests cannot be submitted without proof that the educational component is complete. There are no exceptions to this requirement; therefore au pairs who are thinking of extending should not wait to take classes.

In order to extend, the au pairs will need to follow an easy extension application process. Before they begin, they will need to consider several questions:

  • Talk to their host family and LCC about extending
  • Contact extend@culturalcare.com if they have any questions
  • Will they extend with the same host family or a new host family?
  • Will they extend for 6, 9 or 12 months?
  • Make a final decision about extending

Once they have made the decision to extend, they must log in to their account and fill out their extension application.

If deadlines have passed to extend, please contact extend@culturalcare.com to check if the extension is still possible. We will do our best to make sure each au pair is able to extend.

Procedure for Extending with Same Host Family

  • The au pair will fill out the extension application in their account 60 days before the end of their 1st year
  • The host family will fill out their extension application as well.
  • Au pair or host family will pay $283 extension fee with their credit card (online or via phone) or sends in a check to the Cultural Care office.
  • Au pairs will show educational paperwork to LCC to have educational component verified
  • Au pair will send educational proof to Cultural Care (either via fax to 617-619-2106, by email to extend@culturalcare.com  or via mail)
  • If the au pair has not finished with required 72 hours or 6 credits, an enrollment form showing that the credits will be completed by the end of the 11th month* is sufficient to complete the extension documents. Once the au pair completes the classes he/she must send proof of completion (a copy of certificates, official letter on school letter head paper or copies of school transcripts with a grade. The documents need to indicate that the class the au pair took and the dates and hours or credits earned) to Cultural Care either via fax to 617-619-2106, by email to extend@culturalcare.com  or via mail.
  • If all of these steps are confirmed the extension application is completed. The Au pair will then receive an email from extend@culturalcare.comindicating the documents are complete. The LCC and the host family will be copied on this email.
  • Once Cultural Care receives proof that the educational component has been completed the extension request is submitted to the Department of State. The extension DS2019 form typically will be available within 30-40 days.
  • The new DS2019 form for the extension term will be sent to the au pair at the start of the extension (typically a few days before the extension starts)
  • If the AP would like to purchase extended insurance the AP needs to purchase it before first year is over to guarantee continued coverage.

Procedure for Extending with New Host Family

  • The au pair will fill out the extension application in his/her account 75 days before the end of their 1st year
  • An email for a host family reference will be sent to the current host family
  • An email for an LCC reference will be sent to the current LCC
  • The au pair pays the $283 extension fee either via credit card (online or via phone) or sends in a check.
  • The Au pair shows educational paperwork to LCC to have educational component verified
  • Au pair sends educational proof to Cultural Care (either via fax to 617-619-2106, by email to extend@culturalcare.com  or via mail)
  • If the au pair is not finished with required 72 hours or 6 credits, an enrollment form showing that the credits will be completed by the end of the 11th month* is sufficient for now for au pair to be able to start the matching process. Once au pair completes classes he/ she needs to send proof of completion (a copy of certificates, official letter on school letter head paper, copies of school transcripts with a grade. The documents need to indicate the class au pair took, dates and hours or credits earned) to Cultural Care either via fax to 617-619-2106, by email to extend@culturalcare.com  or via mail.
  • Once all of these steps are confimed au pair receives an email from extend@culturalcare.com indicating the documents are complete. The LCC is copied on this email.
  • The au pair will become available for matching
  • The new DS2019 form for the extension term will be sent to the au pair at the start of the extension (typically a few days before the extension starts)
  • If the AP would like to purchase extended insurance AP needs to purchase it before first year is over to guarantee continued coverage

 *If the au pair’s 11th month date falls on Saturday or Sunday she/he must complete her/his education by the previous Thursday. 

 

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 6:55 PM

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