Wednesday, 28 August 2013

How to Sponsor Domestic Help in UAE

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People who need help with their household chores can appoint domestic help under their sponsorship in Abu Dhabi. Domestic help includes house maids, babysitters, cooks, drivers, servants, etc. For this the sponsor should be in the category with certain conditions set by the immigration department. The domestic help may be recruited through an authorized recruitment agency but the employing person should be the sponsor of the recruit and is responsible for arranging the visa for the domestic help. The costs involved for visa process and providing accommodation for the sponsored is also the responsibility of Sponsor. Expatriates can only get house maid visa.

Basically employing a domestic help in UAE involves two steps:

  1. Getting an entry permit for the worker to enter the country
  2. Stamping residence visa in the passport for him/her to live here

Sponsoring House Maid by Expatriates

The resident expatriates must have a minimum monthly salary of not less than AED 6,000 to sponsor a house maid. The sponsor should submit his work contract if he is employed in private sector or salary certificate for public sector, along with a list that give the details of the residence visa of family members under his sponsorship. If the house maid is from the same nationality fo the sponsor, then a letter is required from the sponsor’s embassy/consulate in the UAE to prove that there is no relationship (kinship) between the sponsor and the housemaid.

Expatriate residents can sponsor a housemaid only if they are living with their families, and the application will be rejected if there are no residence visas for all family members under the sponsorship of the head of family.
If the sponsor is an investor, the documents certifying that the fulfillment of the special conditions for business partners and investors are required along with the application for house maid visa. This includes a university degree for the sponsor in his area of activity or a bank guarantee of at least 70,000 Dirhams paid at General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs - Abu Dhabi (GDRFA).

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