Personal or Domestic Employees B1
Please be aware that many domestic employee applicants do not qualify for a visa to enter the United States. The decision to grant a visa is based on the domestic employee’s personal situation, not on the needs or qualifications of the employer. The applicant must demonstrate strong family, social, economic or other ties to a second country to ensure that their visit to the United States will be temporary. Meeting this legal requirement can be difficult for domestic employees because many have already demonstrated a willingness to depart their home country to seek employment abroad.
Below is a summary of the application process. You must use our new appointment system (available beginning August 21) to complete the process.
1. Get a visa photo
- Photos must a .jpg between 600x600 and 1200x1200 pixels
- Photos must be less than 240kb
- Photos must not be digitally altered
- You must bring a 5x5cm photo to the embassy
- The photo must be no older than 6 months.
2. Complete the online application
3. Pay application fees and make appointment
The visa fee for B1 visas is SR608. This nonrefundable fee must be paid before you come to your interview. The instructions detailing the process are on the new appointment system page.
4. Prepare an employment contract
Each applicant intending to work in the US as a personal or domestic employee of another non-immigrant visa holder must bring a contract valid under U.S. law to the interview.
The contract must be signed by the employer and the applicant. If a representative is signing on behalf of the employer, bring proof to the interview that this individual has a legal power of attorney and is entitled to sign on behalf of the employer.
Each contract must be provided in English. If the applicant does not read English, then a copy of the contract written in the applicant’s native language must also be provided.
5. Go for the interview
What to bring:
- Passport valid for at least 6 months after intended arrival date in the US
- Copy of Employer's Visa
- Confirmation page(s) from the DS-160
- SAMBA receipt(s)
- Bank History for the past 3 months
- All previous passports
- Employment letter
- Proof of previous payments for work in the U.S.
On the day of the interview, only applicants with valid appointments are allowed to enter. Applicants may enter up to thirty minutes before the time listed on the confirmation sheet. Only a legal guardian may accompany an applicant into the waiting room. Other friends, relatives, translators, or employers will not be able to enter.
What not to bring:
6. After the Interview
After your interview, you will be told approximately how long it will take to process and print your visa. Please remember that this is only an estimate and wait times vary; many visas take up to three months to process. Issued visas will be available for pick up at the Aramex center selected by the applicant at the time the appointment for the interview is made.
If you need your passport for immediate travel, we recommend that you take back your passport at the end of the interview.
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