My niece will be coming in a few weeks to work as a nanny. She has a job lined up to start in Novemember. She is a montesorri teacher and has a degree in clinical psychology. What steps does she have to take to work here in the US and obtain a social security number. How long does it take. Do you forsee any problems. She is 34 years old and is coming from Costa Rica.
I am sorry. But, I don't see a way for her to do this legally.
Normally I would suggest that she participate in a J-1 nanny/au pair program. But, I believe that she is too old for most of the programs.
If at all possible, try to convince her not to work for cash and off-the-books.
It might be possible for her to get a visa to come and 'intern' at a Montessori school in the US. But, she couldn't be a nanny.
PS For more information on her options/limitations, please consider a private consultation with an attorney. Most of us can do Face-to-Face 3-way Skype calls.
PPS .... she could also explore the possibility of getting a higher degree in child/clinical psychology and working at a day-care center that is run by the University.
If she has a visa which allows her to work as a nanny [and not a tourist visa], then she should be able to start work, and apply for a social security card upon her arrival. If she is coming to the U.S. on a tourist visa, and she tells the truth at her port of entry that she is coming to the U.S. to work, they will send her back to Costa Rica.
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