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A3/G5 Visa

Domestic Employees

Personal or domestic servants who are accompanying or following to join an employer who is a foreign diplomat or official are eligible for A-3, G-5 or NATO-7 visas, depending on the visa status of their employer. This category of persons includes, but is not limited to, cooks, butlers, chauffeurs, housemaids, parlormaids, valets, footmen, nannies, au pairs, mothers' helpers, gardeners, and paid companions. Please refer to the appropriate section for further information.    
Accompanying an A-1 or A-2 Visa Holder    
Personal or domestic servants of an employer who seeks admission to, or who is already in, the United States in A-1 or A-2 status may be issued A-3 visas.    
The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu accepts for processing the visa applications of domestic employees of all diplomatic passport holders accredited to their missions in Nepal.    

Accompanying a G or NATO Visa Holder    
Domestic employees and personal servants of persons holding G-1 through G-4 visas may be issued G-5 visas and servants of persons holding NATO-1 through NATO-6 visas, may be issued NATO-7 visas. An application for a G-5 or NATO-7 visa cannot be processed without an official request from the organization to which his/her employer is accredited. This is sent either to the applicant or the Embassy. If the request is being sent to the Embassy, you should confirm receipt by calling 977-1-4007200 before applying for the visa.    

Applying for the Visa    
A completed DS-160 electronic visa application form  is required for each person traveling, even children and babies listed in parents' passports. Please bring your printed DS-160 confirmation page to your visa interview. The visa applicant is required to appear in person for an interview with a U.S. consular officer.   

In addition to the visa application confirmation page, the applicant is required to furnish his or her passport, color 2”x2” photograph, a copy of the employer's diplomatic visa (for A visa employers) and a Note Verbale (for A visa employers). The Note Verbale should list the name of the employee, give the employer's title or official status. It should also specify the date of departure from Nepal, and the purpose of the trip and length of stay in the United States.  For G or NATO visa employers, the applicant is required to bring to the interview a copy of the employer's visa.    

When applying for the visa the applicant must be able to show that he/she will receive a fair wage comparable to that offered in the area of employment in the United States, and that the wage is sufficient to provide financial support for them and their dependents. Additionally the applicant is required to submit  the employment contract in English and in the language the applicant understands, signed by both employer and employee that at a minimum must include the following:    

  • hours of work   
  • medical insurance   
  • a guarantee that the employee will be compensated at the state or federal minimum or prevailing wage, whichever is greater. Any deductions for food and lodging must be no more than reasonable and voluntarily agreed to on the part of the employee;   
  • the employee will not accept any other employment while working for the employer; and
  • the employer agrees not to withhold the passport of the employee.    

Visa processing and issuance fees    
Diplomatic passport holders are exempt from paying visa fees for all types of visas. Official passport holders are not charged for official visas, but are required to pay visa application and reciprocal issuance fees, if applicable, for all non-official visas. For Nepali citizens, there is currently no issuance fee for A3 or G5 visas.

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