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The B-1 visa category is for nonimmigrant foreigners that wish to enter the United States temporarily for business purposes. Included in the B-1 category are domestic employees or nannies that accompany a foreign national employer to the U.S. Examples of those that are eligible for a B-1 visa include: nannies, chauffeurs, gardeners, housemaids, cooks, and other individuals that provide domestic services.
In order for a domestic employee or nanny to accompany his or her foreign national employer (also with a B-1 visa) to the United States, the domestic employee or nanny must have been working for the employer for at least one year outside of the United States, before applying for the B-1 visa, OR, the foreign employer must be able to prove that he or she has been employing domestic help regularly for the past several years. In addition, the domestic employee or nanny accompanying a foreign national employer that wishes to obtain a B-1 visa must also have at least one year of experience as a personal or domestic employee. This must be proven by submitting written statements from previous employers.
Domestic employees or nannies accompanying a foreign national employer to the United States must follow a complex B-1 visa application process. In addition to the regular documentation required of nonimmigrant visa applicants, the individual must also provide a detailed contract between him or herself and his or her employer. These B-1 visas for domestic employees or nannies may not be easy to obtain because they are only allowed for certain foreign national employers. They also come with strict requirements that must be met, both when the domestic employee applies for the B-1 visa and while (s)he is physically present in the United States.
If you are a domestic employee or nanny planning to accompany your foreign national employer to the U.S., or if you are a foreign national employer with a B-1 visa that wishes to bring your domestic employee or nanny with you to the U.S., contact an immigration attorney today for help applying for a B-1 visa. Because the requirements are strict for these B-1 visas and not everyone is eligible, it is wise to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer before applying. An immigration lawyer can help you collect all documents and proof that you will need, and can help you correctly submit your application. An immigration lawyer can be your best bet at successfully obtaining a B-1 visa for domestic employees or nannies accompanying foreign national employers.
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