Please make sure you review the information on the Official U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Service website.
1. What do I do if I my passport is lost or stolen and has a valid or expired U.S. visa in it?
2. How do I abandon my residency in the United States (LPR status)
3. What categories of employers are eligible to bring their domestic employees with them on a trip to the United States?
A U.S. citizen who has a permanent home or is stationed in a foreign country, but is visiting or is assigned to the United States temporarily; or
A foreign citizen who is in the United States on one of the following nonimmigrant visa categories: B, E, F, H, I, J, L, M, O, P, or Q.
Important Note: Legal Permanent Residents (“Green Card” Holders) may not bring domestic employees holding nonimmigrant visas to the United States to work for them. Neither can Green Card holders employ these domestic employees once the nonimmigrant has arrived in the United States.
4. As a domestic employee, what type of visa do I need?
Domestic employees who wish to travel to the United States with their employers must qualify for a B-1 (business) visa. Any B-1 visa issued to a domestic employee will be annotated with the name of the employer. The employer named on the visa is the ONLY person authorized to employ the visa holder during his/her time in the United States, and the employee must depart the United States before or with the employer. Every non-immigrant visa applicant, including domestic employees, must qualify on his or her own for a non-immigrant visa, demonstrating strong ties to a country outside of the United States and a residence that they do not intend to abandon.
The domestic employee must come in person to the interview. The employer does not need to accompany them. In some cases, however, the consular official may request to speak with the employer personally.
5. Are there specific documentation requirements for the B-1 domestic employee visa?
Yes. Each domestic employee should:
- Demonstrate that they have at least one year of experience working as a domestic employee;
- Prove that they were employed by the current employer prior to applying for the visa;
- Present a work contract signed by both the employer and the employee, which guarantees that the employee will receive the minimum or prevailing wage for domestic employee services in the United States during their time working in the United States.
Minimum wage laws are posted online for your reference.