Have you passed the three stages already? Well, good for you! If not, you can read more about them here. So, what does this last stage mean for the future au pair? Feelings! You will have so many feelings at this point and think about whether or not you’ve made the right choice moving across the globe. Family nights and dinners with your friends will probably mean so much more at this moment and you’ll want to suck it all in. Other than that, you will receive what I like to call the “Care Package”. In this you will get your DS-2019 (more about that later), your insurance card, a luggage tag, some additional information and congrats to the match and the last thing is a letter to your family, explaining the journey you are going to take. Because now you have decided to say yes to a family and there is a date set for your departure. If you already have sent in your health and police record, then all you really have left is the visa application. And, trust me, you’ll think it’s a tough process.
You will get all the help you need for the application from Cultural Care and you can easily call them if something comes up. Just follow their instructions and it will go as it is supposed to. The Swedish office in Stockholm sends out information about the application and where you pay, book your meeting at the embassy and apply. Following that list saved my future visa. In fact, I have my appointment the 8th of july, in just one week!
So, the first thing you do is to apply for the visa. This takes a while, so clear up your schedule! After that lengthy process, it’s time to pay for your application. For this, you will have to make an account on the embassy’s site and locate your application. The cost is, gasp, 1440 Swedish kronor or about 156€. After you’ve paid your fee, you will be able to book your appointment! You will then need the following papers for your interview:
When you get your passport back in about a week or two, remember to call your agency so that they know that your visa is correct and without any misspelling.
Now that you have your visa, you’ve submitted all papers to your agency and found a family, it’s time to say goodbye. This will be hard, but you will do it because you are probably going on the journey of your life. So have a go away-party and invite everyone you’ll miss. Exchange Skype-names and have a great time before the day comes and you have to pack your bags and go to the airport. Meet your fellow au pairs and fly to the big city, or should I say, apple?
Tips and tricks:
- Print out photos of your home, your family and friends and everything you’ll miss about your home country. Put them in a photo album and bring it with you to the USA.
- Send a care package to your host family with a letter and something special. Try to stay in touch with them before you go to let them know how excited you are.
- Buy presents for your host family for when you arrive to their home. I will tell you more about what I got for my host family in another post, but a tip is to buy something typical for your country.
- Don’t forget to exchange money so that you have dollars with you and see what options you have in activation your card for international travel.
- Buy luggage with TSA-locks. This lets the TSA open your bag if they want to inspect something without breaking the bag.
Do you have any questions or did I miss something? Please comment below!