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Housemaid Recruitment from India to UAE (Visa & Indian Consulate Procedures)

What are the procedures to bring Indian Housemaid to Dubai/Abu Dhabi, UAE?

An expatriate can sponsor a housemaid if the following conditions are met:

Salary: Sponsor's monthly salary should not be less than Dh6,000 or Dh5,000 plus company provided accommodation
Yearly Fees: Sponsor should pay Dh5360 as an annual fee at Immigration (every year to be repeated. Typing Charge extra)
• The Sponsor should be a resident in the UAE living with his/her family

Deposit: Dh2020 to be paid in Cash at Immigration after approval. This amount will be refunded after Maid's Visa cancellation and exit.

Visa Application Fee: Dh310 should be paid at Typing centre for Entry Permit Application (Typing Charge extra). Dh220 should be paid for file opening at Immigration and Dh120 for Labour Contract attestation at Immigration (if not attested before). No need attestation for Government and Free Zone employees.

Age Criteria: The housemaid and the Sponsor/spouse should not be related. Proposed Maid's age should not be less than 30 years.

Indian guarantor: (not related to either maid or employer) should visit Indian Consulate Attestation Centre (IVS Global) with his/her original passport to sign the guarantee form. Housewife also can stand as guarantor.

If the Maid is inside UAE on Visit Visa, Dh1230 to be paid extra for Status Change (Dh680 to issue visa inside the country and Dh550 for status amendment). In this case no need Nepal Consulate related procedures after get issued the visa. But No Relation Certificate from Nepal Embassy is must if the Maid is from same nationality of the Sponsor. This certificate is required at the time of applying for entry visa. No need No Relation Certificate If the sponsor is different national.

• If the Maid is on Tourist Visa, she can get visa inside country on payment of Dh680, then she must exit to Oman or neighbor country and enter on new maid visa. Visa change package is available from Fly Dubai and some other airlines. In this case no need Indian Consulate related procedures after get issued the visa.
NOTE: Special approval required to get maid visa if she is inside country on Tourist Visa.

Previous Visa Cancelled: If the maid staying in UAE on her previous visa cancelled stage, she can get new maid visa and change status inside country on payment of Dh1230 (Dh680 to issue visa inside the country and Dh550 for status amendment).

• Dh9200 to be deposited at Indian Embassy/Consulate (IVS Global).
• Maid below 30 years is not allowed for Emigration permit.
• Applicant’s personal presence is required at the time of application submission.
• Maid's minimum salary must be Dh1100 per month.
• A Mobile Phone with SIM Card should be provided to the Maid on arrival.
• Return air ticket every year.
• Nine hours working day.

• Make No relation Certificate from Consulate
(This is applicable only if the Maid is from same nationality of the Sponsor). Affidavit Fee Dh80 at IVS International. If the sponsor is different national, start from the next step
• Prepare maid visa application from Typing Centre. Fee: Dh310 to be paid at Typing Centre (typing charge extra).
• Attach all the documents and submit at the Immigration

After got visa issued, prepare Maid's Employment Contract both in Arabic and English from typing centre and get it attested from Notary Public. The Employment Contract should have legal translator's seal on it. 

Documents required at Notary: Typed contract (3 copies), Passport and visa copies of maid and sponsor. Original visa of maid and original passport of the sponsor should be shown there. Notary will return two original copies of the contract. One copy for your file and second one only needs further attestations.


• Al Qusais, Al Tawar Centre, First Floor, Tel: 04-2639000, Nearest Metro station (Al Qusais - Green Line). Timing: 8am to 8pm (Sunday to Thursday)

• Al Barsha, Traffic Department, Nearest Metro station (First Gulf Bank-Red Line), Tel: 04-3111300. Timing: 8am to 8pm (Sunday to Thursday)

Fees at the Notary: Dh400, then attest the same contract from  Ministry of Justice, Al Qusais, near Al Tawar Centre, Fees: Dh55 (Payment in Ministry of Justice through E-dirham only).

Third attestation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has an attestation Centre at Al Tawar Centre, Ground floor, inside Tas'heel Centre. Or you can go to Ministry's main office in Karama, near Indian & Pakistan Consulates. Fees at Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Dh155
Nearest Metro Station
: Burjuman (Red line).

• Prepare the below mentioned Consulate forms from typing centre

FINAL SUBMISSION @ Indian Consulate Attestation Centre

• Then go to IVS Global Services Private Limited, Business Atrium Building, Office No. 201, 202 on 2nd floor, Opposite Al Nasr Club, Oud Metha, Dubai (Near Prime Supermarket, next to big parking area) Tel: +971 4 357 9585, along with all documents and guarantor (with his original Passport). Nearest Metro Station: Oud Metha (Green Line).

• Get the documents attested from IVS and deposit there Dh9200
• Attestation fees at IVS: Dh155

NOTE: Handwritten forms will not be accepted

• Send the attested Contract and immigration clearance authorization form to the Maid in India for immigration clearance formalities.

• Maid or agent can submit the papers along with Insurance papers at the Protector of Immigrant's (POI) office and pay the insurance fees there. POI will put immigration clearance stamp on Maid's passport and she can fly legally. Travel agencies also arrange POI stamp if you handover the attested documents.
ECR: This rule is only applicable to holders of ECR (Emigration Check Required) passports.

This insurance is must to get Immigration clearance from POI. Policy amount: INR 309 (Approx).
Policy coverage: Personal accident covering death & permanent total disability: INR 10,00000. Policy is available through different agencies like Iffco-Tokio General Insurance Co, Reliance..etc.

• If the Maid previously completed three years as Domestic Servant in the same gulf country, it is not necessary to get stamp of POI. But Consulate attested Employment Contract is must to show at the airport.

Click here for the procedures of after entry

• Application in the format prescribed (Annexure - I)-1 Copy

• Consulate permit form (in triplicate) (Annexure- II)

• Employment Contract (Annexure-III) (should be filled both in English and Arabic) which should be attested by Notary Public of Dubai Courts, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs  and Indian Consulate (IVS Global) and a photocopy thereof.
Attestation Fees: Notary; Dh400, Ministry of Justice; Dh50, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dh150 and Indian Consulate (IVS Global): Dh155.

• Authorization for payment of Security deposit (in duplicate) (Annexure-IV)

• Undertaking by the Employer (Annexure –V)

• Undertaking /Guarantee from an Indian national (employed and not related to either the Sponsor or the Maid) (Annexure-VI).

• The guarantor cannot be a person employed in the capacity of Maid/ Servant/ Nanny etc. The guarantor is required to sign the Undertaking/Guarantee in the presence of the Labour Officer at IVS Global Services Limited.

• No Objection Certificate for Recruitment of Indian Housemaids (Annexure-VII) : To be filled (in quadruplicate) if Maid/Servant is residing in any part of Andhra Pradesh.
(Annexure – VII is not to be filled for Immigration Departments in other states).

• Original Employment Visa and two photocopies thereof.

• Passports of the Employer and the guarantor in original along with photocopy.

• Income/Salary certificate/ Original trade license and copy thereof. The monthly income of the sponsor should not be below Dh10,000.

• Photocopy of the passport of the housemaid.

• If the sponsor has/had Indian Maid working with him, he is required to give full details in the format. In case the sponsor has/ had got the visa for the previous Maid cancelled, a copy of the cancellation papers is also required.

• All the above procedures to be completed except Indian Guarantor and form Annexure VI.

Indian Consulate Attestation Centre, Abu Dhabi: IVS Global Services Centre, Office No. 201, Second Floor, Sector E-25, Plot C-37, Al Nahyan Camp, off Muroor Road. The centre is located in the building next to the UAE Red Crescent Office. Timing: 8:30am to 3:30pm Sunday to Thursday. Tel: +971 56 332 9792

Conditions for Refund of Security Deposit

For refund of the Security Deposit, the following conditions will have to be fulfilled:

• The Female Household Service Worker (FHSW) should be brought in person to the Consulate General of India (between 1400-1600hrs) for Registration, along with the functional prepaid mobile phone provided to her, within two weeks of her arrival in UAE. Other Documents Required:
- Contract Paper
- Original Passport of the Maid
- Passport copy of Sponsor


• If the FHSW is sent back to India without clearing her dues then no refund will be made.


• On termination of the employment contract at any time by mutual consent, the employer along with the FHSW should appear in person in the Consulate General of India and submit a written application for refund of the Security Deposit before the final departure of the FHSW to India.  The FHSW should confirm in writing at the Consulate that all her dues have been settled. Documents required at the time of Exit Interview:
- documentary proof of salary record (bank transfer, purchases etc) paid to FHSW
- Cancellation Paper/document
- Passport of the maid
- Air Ticket


• Should the FHSW complain of non-receipt of her dues or if the Consulate has to incur any expenditure on her accommodation, food, local transportation, medical treatment etc. and airfare to India, these expenses would be deducted from the Security Deposit and only the balance amount would be refunded.

Timings At Labour & Welfare Section - Indian Consulate, Dubai.
1400-1530 hrs (Ramadan timings: 1400 – 1500hrs) Registration of Housemaids
1400-1530 hrs (Ramadan timings: 1400 – 1500hrs) Cancellation of Registration of Housemaids & submission of application for refund of security deposit

All queries with regard to the recruitment of FHSW from India/refund may be addressed to
Labour & Welfare Office
Phone: 04-3070708 (Direct) / 04-3971333 Ext. 208
E-mail : laboursection@cgidubai.com

• If the sponsor is Abu Dhabi resident, click here for the Maid Contract forms.


Sponsor's Office Tel.:
Tel. (residential):
Number of children:

Local residential address in UAE
Flat No.
Building Name:

Sponsor's annual income in AED:
Name of spouse:
Maid's contact Tel. No. In India:

Guarantor's address
Office Tel:
Residential Tel:
Documents required:
Passport copy of Sponsor, Spouse, Maid and Guarantor
Visa copy of Maid

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much is the expense for Maid Visa?
A: before entry Dh2750, out of this Dh2000 is refundable from Immigration after Maid's visa cancellation. After entry Dh5970 for Medical, ID and Visa Stamping.

Q: Within how many days Maid has to enter UAE from the date of her visa get issued?
A: Within 60 days from the date of issue.

Q: Within how many days Maid has to complete Medical, ID and Visa Stamping?
A: Within 60 days from the date of issue.

Q: For how many years Maid visa is stamped?
A: One year if the sponsor is expatriate and two years if the sponsor is UAE national.

Q: How much is the expense for Maid Visa renewal?
A: Dh5970 for Medical, ID and Visa stamping.

• To prepare Maid visa application, Consulate forms and Maid contract; call

Hor Al Anz: (Deira): 04-265 8373, 050-744 7833, 050-715 0562

Bur Dubai: 04-358 6215

Qusais: 04-239 1302

Naif (Deira): 04-259 6260
Dos and don’ts to avoid trouble with maids

• Give the maid a true picture of what to expect before she comes to work for you. Make her understand she is not coming for a holiday abroad

• Choose a maid who does not have an ailing husband or small kids back home. They may have genuine concerns and can easily become homesick

• Wait for a month before you stamp the visa on the passport. That gives you enough time to study her behaviour and commitment to work.

• Don’t let your housemaid go out unaccompanied for a long period of time. You are inviting trouble.

• Always keep monthly salary slips and make your maid signs on them on their pay day. You may need to show proof at the embassy (GN).
Special rules in Abu Dhabi for Maid sponsorship
• You cannot sponsor maid from your nationality.
• To sponsor a Maid on Abu Dhabi visa will cost the equivalent of her annual salary. The minimum monthly salary should be according to the criteria set by the country where the maid comes from.
Indian: Dh1100, Filipina: Dh1469 ($400), Sri Lankan: Dh825, Indonesian: Dh800, Nepali: Dh900 and Bangladeshi: Dh750. That means the visa stamping fee for an Indian maid is Dh14000 for one year. This amount to be repeated every year. Apart from this, you have to complete formalities of concerned embassy/consulate. For Indian maid, you have to deposit Dh9200 at Indian embassy/consulate. For Nepali maid, you should deposit Dh5000. These amounts are refundable after cancellation of maid visa.

• Sponsor's salary should not be less than Dh10,000 plus executive profession.
Special rules in Sharjah for Maid sponsorship
• To sponsor a Maid on a Sharjah visa will cost the equivalent of her annual salary. The minimum monthly salary which you could declare is Dh700. It's going to cost at least Dh8,400 per year whereas in Dubai it is Dh5000 per year. This amount to be repeated every year plus other expenses like normal visa fee, Medical, Emirates ID.
• Sponsor's salary should not be less than Dh10,000 plus executive profession.

• Sharjah Immigration Address:  South of King Faisal Street (take SZR to Sharjah, exit on King Faisal Street, then turn right when you see the big mosque. Go one major block and it is on the corner - turn left and then an immediate right into the district). Tel. No.: 06 572 67 77. Click here for other immigration branch address.
Special rules in Ras Al Khaimah for Maid sponsorship
• To sponsor a Maid on a Ras Al Khaimah visa will cost the equivalent of her annual salary. The minimum monthly salary which you could declare is Dh800. This amount to be repeated every year plus other expenses like normal visa fee, Medical, Emirates ID.

Dubai Immigration Call Centre: 800 5111
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Additional booklet
Address Change
Affidavit to apply passport for children in India
Affidavit to Sponsor Dependants
Change of Name
Change of Address
Change of spouse in Passport
Correction of Date of Birth
Date of Birth Correction
Death Certificate Attestation
Death related documents required to repatriate body to India or to cremate in Dubai.
Documents required for bringing Servant
Emergency Certificate
Employment contract for unskilled labour sponsored by a company
FAQs Passport Rules
FAQs Consulate Procedures
Housemaid 'No Relationship' Affidavit
Indian Driving License attestation
Lost of Passport
Maid Visa
Sponsored by an Expatriate
Marriage Attestation from Consulate
Marriage Solemnization at Indian Consulate
Minority Certificate from Kerala Government
Name Change
Newborn baby's Passport
NRI Certificate
Out pass
Passport for newborn baby
Passport in lieu of lost
Passport Damage
Passport in Maiden name
Passport in Married name
Passport Renewal
Passport Validity extension
Photo Change
Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)
Power of Attorney
Protector of Emigrants
Refund of Security Deposit - Housemaid
Salary Certificate Attestation
Servant Visa-new
Servant Visa Renewal
Sponsorship Declaration
Spouse name Endorsement
Surrender of Indian Passport
Tatkal Service
TC Attestation
Tourist Visa on Arrival in India
Undertaking for Studies
Validity extension
Visa on Arrival in India
Visit Affidavit for Family Member
Wages of Indian Workers
Will Attestation

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