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I’m currently an aupair...

I’m currently an aupair in the US and I mistakenly extended my program for 6 instead of 12 months and the department of State says there is nothing that can be done to ractify this mistake,would there be any other way I could stay longer as an aupair for my current host family?

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the U.S. government?

No none yet... I just didn’t know what steps I had to take

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer about this?

No

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I plan on applying to college though that course would take longer than what my DS2019 allows

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Immigration Law
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ANSWER: Unfortunately, no. There is only one program or visa type that is available for an au pair: the J-1. And you cannot just use some other visa type for the purpose of working as an au pair.

I think your best bet at this point might be to apply for a change of status to B2 visitor to buy you some time after the J-1 ends, and then to apply for a change of status to F-1. Ideally, going from J-1 to F-1 would be the best thing to do. But if timing is an issue, perhaps the J-1 to B2 to F1 is the way to go.

I will say that the USCIS is suspicious of people who go from B2 to F1; especially if it happens fairly quickly. So keep that in mind, when timing out when you plan to apply.

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