The kind folks at www.nannypro.com brought this article to my attention, as a Canadian, in order to help shed some light on the requirements and obstacles around hiring nannies in the US. The article link is below;
Once you get through this informative post you will come to the same conclusion that they did, and that it is a long, complicated process to hire a nanny from overseas to work in the US.
Some of the delays include;
Potential nanny employers in the US are legally required to verify a nanny candidate’s employment eligibility using form I-9 from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services.
The purpose of the form is for all U.S. employers to complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. On the form, the employer must examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s) an employee presents to determine whether the document(s) reasonably appear to be genuine and relate to the individual and record the document information on the Form I-9. The list of acceptable documents can be found on the last page of the form.
The form can be found here;
The handbook for the form is here;
The other key concern here is that in order for a nanny to legally accept work in the United States, she must be a citizen of the United States, a noncitizen national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work in the United States. As a result of this language and strict criteria, most nannies outside of the United States aren’t able to legally accept work in the United States.
Hmmm. Great law, eh?
As a result, many parents turn their attention to Au Pairs since the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs has a visa progran to bring over foreign nationals between the ages of 18 and 26 years of age who are a secondary school graduate or equivalent and who are proficient in English to continue their education and experience American life with a host family. Here is where it gets interesting… They can do this in exchange for room, board, and a stipend, Au Pairs provide limited child care.
This is unfortunately a short-term solution.
On the horizon, the U.S. Department of Immigration recently reclassified live-in nannies from unskilled to skilled workers, meaning some nannies in some countries may be eligible to secure a visa to work in the United States as a live-in nanny. Emphasis on the word “some”.
But if this appeals to you, this article recommends that these parents seek the services of an immigration attorney who specializes in securing visas for nannies, which makes sense.
So after all this if you are still interested in looking for a live-in caregiver, I wish you the best of luck and I encourage you to get moving on this process early.
Some parents register their kids for school while pregnant with that child and unless the rules and regulations lessen, hiring a caregiver in the US will be the next task.