The Department of State (DOS) has issued a proposed rule to amend the Exchange Visitor Program regulations governing the au pair category to “clarify and modernize” the program. Among other things, the proposed rule would restructure the child care and educational components, replace the EduCare program with a part-time option, enhance au pair and host family orientation requirements, formalize standard operating procedures for rematching au pairs with new host families, and propose new requirements to strengthen au pair protections. 

DOS said it encourages public comment on the proposed rule, particularly on restructuring the au pair program and calculating weekly compensation. DOS initially said it would accept public comments on the proposed rule until December 29, 2023, but then extended the deadline to January 28, 2024.

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