Hello and Welcome to the United States
I am here to help you with anything you might need during your time in beautiful Colorado! I am very excited to work with you and help you experience the best possible year as an
Step 1: Print I -94
Print I-94 cbp.gov/I94 I-94 card (which should be in your passport) (An I-94 is a form denoting the Arrival-Departure Record of particular aliens used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) use Form I-94 ) The I-94 record is required for Au Pairs to apply for a social security card and driver’s license.
Step 2: Social Security Information:
Complete your application with the Social Security Administration (SSA) for a Social Security Number.
What do you need to bring to your Social Security Application Appointment?
- Get Social Security Card
- Letter from Cultural Care stating that you live with your host family (this can be found in your online account)
- Social Security card is mailed to your home, usually arrives within 1-2 weeks (Keep the envelope the social security card comes in)
- DS-2019 form (This form or “certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status” is the primary document used in the administration of the exchange visitor program.)
Social Security Administration:
8000 Southpark Lane, Littleton, CO 80120
Open Monday through Friday, 9am-3: 30 pm
*Located between Broadway and Santa Fe, South on Mineral Avenue
Step 3: Bank Account and Stipend Payments:
One of the first things you will need to do after arriving is set up your bank account. All banks are different to what is required to set up an account. Please check with your host family’s bank to see what is needed. Please use your Program Participation Letter from your online account.
- Au Pairs should expect to receive your FULL stipend each and every week of your program year on the same payday each week, i.e., Friday or Monday.
- Your stipend payment is $195.75 each week and funds cannot be withheld from this amount FOR ANY REASON. You will receive 51 stipend payments during your program year. **The stipend cannot be pro-rated. If you work 1 hour or 1 day in your work week, you must still receive the full stipend for the work week.
**Au Pairs and Host Families: It is STRONGLY encouraged and in your best interest that all stipend payments are tracked, so there are no questions about when/how payments are made.
Step 4: Driver’s License – Required by Colorado****
Schedule the written and drive test at the DMV HERE. **MUST SCHEDULE THE DRIVING TEST – THE SCHEDULE IS 6-8 WEEKS OUT** IT IS RECOMMENDED TO SCHEDULE THE WRITTEN TEST TOO**
You need to study for your written driver’s license test. You can also stop by a driver’s license office and pick up a book. I urge you to study it and get very familiar with Colorado’s driving laws. It is a requirement of Colorado for you to take a written and driving test to obtain your license within 90 days of your arrival. (NOTE: Before you get your driver’s license, you MUST get a social security card.)
Download this APP to your phone – DMV Genius: Car, Motorcycle & CD… Elegant eLearning APP
When you go in to take the written test, you will need the following documents:
- Social Security Card
- International driver’s license
- DS-2019 Form
- Two pieces of mail listing your host family’s address
- Examples listed below are acceptable to show proof of address
- Save the social security card envelope when you receive it by mail
- Print your program participation letter from your online account
- Bank statement
- Have a typed stipend receipt from your host parent with your name, address, and date of payment
- Examples listed below are acceptable to show proof of address
- Written Test –You will take a quick eye exam and written multiple choice exam. Once you pass, they will ask for $14. (cash or check, i.e., no credit cards) They will take your picture and issue you a permit.
- Driving Test –A car to use for the driving test, that car’s registration, car insurance papers, 2 types of proof of address, $28 in cash, permit that you got from the Driver’s Motor Vehicle department after passing the eye and written test.
German & French Au Pairs: Take your license and IDP to the Driver’s License office, pay the fee of $27.50 to receive your Colorado license. You do not need to take any of the state tests. You should not hand over your home country drivers license to the DMV. Keep it!
Cultural Care Au Pair strongly urges all au pairs to obtain a state license, as it is the only way to make sure that their ability to drive legally in the state is not called into question.
Most au pairs arrive in the U.S. with a valid home country license and an international driver’s permit (also known as an IDP).
In the state of Colorado, the au pair, excluding German & French, have 90 days to obtain a Colorado driver’s license followed by a 30-day grace period. If the au pair has a valid out of country driver’s license and an IDP, she will want to obtain a Colorado state driver’s license within the 90 days. If she is pulled over, she may be ticketed for not having a Colorado state driver’s license. An IDP along with an expired out of country license is not a driver’s license, you will get a ticket.
The benefit of an IDP: – International Driving Permit provides a translation into multiple languages so that foreign countries’ police and other authorities can easily read your license in their own language.
The IDP has no official status and does not confer any legal privileges. Only a government issued driver’s license grants driving privileges.
Most schools start classes in August and January, but there are some classes you can start taking right away. Take a look at the link on the side of this web page under education. You will find a list of some of the more popular choice schools in the Denver Metro area. There are other choices, but keep in mind when selecting a school that must be accredited. If you are uncertain, please call me.
Step 5: Education Classes
Step 6: Au Pair monthly meetings are mandatory
These meetings are MANDATORY, and every effort MUST be made to attend. I try to plan the meetings, at least several months in advance, so that you and your host family can plan accordingly. These meetings are for you to have fun, meet other au pairs and bring up any problems or concerns that you may have. I will try to keep the cost low for our meetings, but if we go to an event or restaurant, you are responsible for your expenses. Again, these meetings are for YOU, and I encourage you to let me know what you want me to schedule. Our meeting dates vary depending on the event.
Step 5: TAXES
Tax Information for Au Pairs
Every Au Pair has to file taxes between January and April every year.
I suggest you put away $15 every week for your taxes so that when you do have to file you are prepared to pay. A great way to save for this is to open a savings account along with your checking account and deposit the $15 out of your weekly stipend into the savings account. You will earn a small interest on the money in the account and in most cases, you will have enough or more money then you will need for taxes.
Step 6: Last but not least
Go out, make friends and have fun.
Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns, and I am always happy to help!
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Monday, 14 November 2016 7:48 PM