The domestic servants of people coming to the United States on certain non-immigrant visas (B, E, F, H, I, J, L, O, P, Q and R visas) may, in some cases, qualify for a B-1 visa to accompany their employer.
Eligibility Requirements for B-1 Visas
To qualify for a B-1 visa, the domestic servant must have worked for his or her employer abroad for one year or have had an ongoing employment relationship with the employer over a period of years before applying for the visa. He or she must also have one year of experience as a domestic servant. The employer must pay the domestic servant the prevailing wage for domestic workers and must establish that he or she will be providing the domestic servant with free room and board. Domestic servants entering on B-1 visas must apply for and receive employment authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
after they arrive in the United States before they may begin employment.
Duration of Stay for Dometic Workers Holding B-1 Visas
B-1 domestic servants will be admitted for a period of no more than one year. They may seek extensions of stay for up to six months at a time. Domestic servants’ employment authorization is valid only for as long as they are authorized to stay in the United States.
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