General Program Information Screening and Matching Living with an Au Pair
Q. What is the difference between an Au Pair and a Nanny/Home tutor?
A. Nannies and home tutors are employed to provide you professional household, educational services; while your family as an extended family member invites Au Pairs. Au Pairs take part in the Au Pair China program to experience and share your family life as part of their cultural exchange experience in China. Through hosting an Au Pair, your family, especially the children, will gain unparalleled emotional awards and cultural experiences that one cannot get from a nanny or home tutor.
Q. Are Au Pairs all girls?
A. No, some male applicants are qualified; however, a majority of the Au Pair candidates is females.
Q. How long can Au Pairs stay with our family?
A. According to the rules and regulations of China Au Pair Association and the terms that a Chinese F visa (for business and cultural exchange purposes) sets forth, Au Pairs are allowed to stay in China between three to twelve months.
Q. Where do these Au Pairs come from?
A. Currently, LoPair recruits Au Pairs from over 10 countries, such as, Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador.
Q. Are we allowed to choose Au Pair’s country of origin and the language spoken?
A. Yes, you may. However, you should be aware that the selection process might take longer than usual if you have limited preferences. The more open you are, the quicker the process!
Q. What type of selection do Au Pairs go through?
A. All LoPair Au Pairs go through strict background checks and pre-screening. In addition to the application forms they turn in, they have to attend an in-person interview that is conducted by our International Partner or a LoPair Overseas Representative. They will also have to submit non-criminal records, a medical report that is signed and stamped by a licensed doctor, and an education certificate of the applicant’s highest degree obtained. At least one non-family reference will be provided to recommend the applicant’s childcare experience and character. All these documents will be verified by International Partners and turned to LoPair for your references.
Q. How long does it take from the application process to the Au Pair’s arrival?
A. Every host family goes through a family visit, interviewing, signing an agreement, preparing application materials, and a matching process. The entire processing time depends on the family’s preparation pace, their selection time for the Au Pair candidates, etc. Overall, it takes roughly 2-4 months before you are welcoming an Au Pair at your door.
Q. What type of visa is an Au Pair holding in China?
Foreign Au Pair are granted with an entry F visa to take part in a cultural exchange program in China, which usually lasts for 30-90 days. LoPair will issue paperwork for the invitation and additional paperwork to assist our Au Pairs visa extension towards the expiration date of their visa expirations.
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to read more information regarding F visa terms and conditions at Entry and Exit Administration Beijing.
Q. How should we select candidates?
A. Selecting wisely and making the “correct” match is always top priority in your year as a Host Family. LoPair will assist you as much as we can in finding the right match. We will help you prepare a question sheet before the interview with your potential Au Pair and act as a liaison when there are communication misunderstandings. When you have finalized your match, we will guide both parties to finalize their duties and rights in the Host Family Au Pair Agreement.
Q: What is a pre-match placement?
A: A pre-match is when an Au Pair and a Host Family already matched prior to contacting an international agency to begin the application process. Host families typically find these au pairs through independent Au Pair websites, friends, or referrals. As with any placement, the Au Pair may not be related in any way to the host family that they are matching with. Pre-match placements must undergo the same application and pre-screening process as any other Au Pair.
Q. Are Au Pairs accessible for housework?
A. Yes, Au Pairs are obliged to share part of the lighthouse work with the Host Family. You should discuss this with your Au Pair upon finalizing the Host Family Au Pair Agreement or after arrival.
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Q. Can Au Pairs earn payment through a second-job?
A. No. By doing so, the Au Pair will be violating the terms and conditions of a Chinese F visa. This may lead to deportation procedures.
Q. What if we don’t work well with our Au Pair?
A. Most families and Au Pairs have wonderful experiences. LoPair also strives to maintain high-level prescreening and matching services. Nevertheless, in case the match is not ideal, you should follow our Grievance Policies. Usually a Local Coordinator will be in touch and try to mediate between the two parties. When this is proven unsuccessful, LoPair will assist both parties to enter a re-match process (i.e. we will find another qualified Au Pair that might be a better fit for you), with no additional cost.