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Domestic Employees (B1 visas)
 

Personal or domestic servants who are accompanying or following to join an employer in the United States are eligible for B-1 visas. This category of persons includes, but is not limited to, cooks, chauffeurs, domestic employees, valets, nannies, au pairs, gardeners, and paid companions.

Accompanying a Nonimmigrant Visa Holder 

Personal or domestic servants who are accompanying or following to join an employer who seeks admission into, or who is already in, the United States in B, E, F, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, Q, or R nonimmigrant status may be eligible for the B-1 visa classification provided:

  1. The employee has been employed outside the United States by the employer for at least one year prior to the date of the employer's admission to the United States
  2. The employee has a residence abroad which he or she has no intention of abandoning

Accompanying an American Citizen 

Personal or domestic servants who are accompanying or following to join their United States citizen employer in the United States may be eligible for the B-1 visa classification if:

  1. The American Citizen ordinarily resides outside the United States and is traveling to the United States temporarily
  2. If the American Citizen’s employer is subject to frequent international transfers lasting two years or more and who, as a condition of employment, is going to reside in the United States for a stay not to exceed four years

It is not possible to qualify for a B-1 visa if the United States citizen will reside permanently in the United States, even if the individual concerned has previously been in the United States citizen's employ abroad.In addition,

  1. The employer-employee relationship must have existed for at least six months prior to the employer's admission to the United States or, alternatively, that the employer has regularly employed a domestic servant in the same capacity while abroad;
  2. The employee has had at least one year experiences as a personal or domestic servant by producing statements from previous employers attesting to such experience;
  3. The employer will be the only provider of employment, and will provide the employee free room and board and round trip airfare as indicated under the terms of the employment contract. 

 Required Documentation:

  1. Valid Passport
  2. The DS-160 application form confirmation page
  3. Original Bank Receipt for Application Fee
  4. The Employer’s valid visa (copy not permitted) or the Employer’s U.S. valid passport (copy not permitted
  5. A contract signed and dated by both employer and employee that at a minimum must include the following:
  • a guarantee that the employee will be compensated at the minimum or prevailing wage, whichever is greater;
  • provided with free room and board;
  • The employer will be the only provider of employment to the employee. 
  • In addition, if working for a U.S. citizen the contract must:
  • reflect any other benefits normally required for U.S. domestic workers in the area of employment; and
  • The employer will give at least two weeks notice of his or her intent to terminate the employment, and the employee need not give more than two weeks notice of intent to leave the employment.

Optional Documentation:

Optional documentation can vary depending on the applicant’s personal situation. The following are mere suggestions that may help the officer to assess your intentions to return to Mexico and is not an exhaustive list of what applicants should present to their interview.

  1. Passports containing all previous U.S. visas, even if expired
  2. Birth certificate (original or certified copy)
  3. Voter Registration Card (IFE) if 18 or over

Want to apply for a U.S. visa?  Check on How to Apply.