Domestic Employees of Diplomats

Required Documents for 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 A3, G5 or NATO-7 visas, depending on the visa status of their employer. You will need to submit the following documents:

  • Original national passport valid for at least six months from the date of departure from the United States, and any expired passports with previous U.S. visas.
  • One recent (less than 6 months old), full-face clear photo (in color only) with white background (must be 5x5cm) per applicant. photo requirements (
  • If you are not a Swiss citizen, a copy of your Swiss residency permit or Carte de legitimation.
  • One confirmation page of the DS-160 ( for each person traveling, including one form per infant and child. Only forms filled out online will be accepted. Incorrect, incomplete and erroneous forms will lead to delays.
  • Original official request from the organization to which his/her employer is accredited.
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope.
  • Additionally, the applicant is required to submit both an English language contract and (if the applicant does not understand English) a language understood by the applicant, signed by both employer and employee that at a minimum must include the following:
    • Hours of work
    • Overtime work
    • Remuneration
    • Description of duties
    • Transportation to and from the United States
    • Other Required Terms of Employment
  • Prior to the appointment, the employer (foreign mission or international organization) must register the employee into the domestic employees database.

A personal appearance is required for an A3, G5 and NATO-7 application. Appointments can be made by sending an email to

A3, G5 and NATO-7 applicants do not have to pay the visa application fee.