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Sponsoring a Housemaid by an Expatriate Sponsor-Dubai

What are the procedures to sponsor a Housemaid/Nanny in Dubai/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)

Deposit: Dh2020 to be paid in Cash at Immigration after approval. This amount will be refunded after Maid's Visa cancellation and exit. Dh220 should be paid at Immigration as file opening fees. 
• The housemaid and the Sponsor/spouse should not be related
• The Sponsor should be a resident in the UAE living with his/her family

New Entry Permit for Housemaid Sponsored by an Expatriate

Required Documents:

• Prepaid Application Form (can be typed from Typing Centre). Fee Dh310 to be paid at Typing Centre (Typing Charge extra).
If the sponsor is Investor/Partner, the application fee is: Dh360 (Typing Charge extra).

• Maid's passport copy (colour) + one photograph with white background.

• Copy of the sponsor's and spouse's passport (colour).

Labour Contract: If the sponsor is a private sector employee, the Employment Contract has to be attested from Immigration on payment of Dh120. This can be done at the time of submitting visa application. You can get Labour Contract true copy print from Tas'heel Centre. Fees: Dh53.

If the sponsor is a Government/Semi-government/Free zone Employee, his/her Salary Certificate does not need attestation.

Investor: If the sponsor is an Investor/Partner: Copy of the Contract showing his shareholding, copy of the Trade License and Partners List (for LLC).

Tenancy Contract: Copy of residence Tenancy Contract consisting of minimum two bedrooms. It has to be attested through Ejari online system of Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA). Out of Dubai residents can submit their Tenancy contract and Electricity bill without Ejari registration.

• Copy of Electricity and Water Bill in the name of applicant or spouse.

Affidavit from the Consulate stating that the Maid is not related with the Sponsor and spouse. Separate Affidavit to be made for both Sponsor and spouse. (This is applicable only if the Maid is from same nationality of the Sponsor).

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). If she 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, Air Arabia and some other airlines. Tourist Visa cannot be changed inside country without exit. In this case no need India, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka Consulate related procedures after get issued the visa. But No Relation Certificate from Consulate is must if the Maid is from same nationality of the Sponsor. This certificate is required by UAE Immigration Department at the time of applying for entry visa.
Special approval is required to get maid visa if she is inside country on Tourist Visa.

• Make No relation Certificate from your Consulate
(This is applicable only if the Maid is from same nationality of the Sponsor)
• Prepare maid visa application from Typing Centre. Fee: Dh310 (typing charge extra)
• Attach all the above mentioned documents and submit at the Immigration

After got visa issued, prepare Maid's Employment Contract (from the concerned Consulate. Eg: India, Nepal) and send it to her home country for immigration clearance

Click here for the procedures of after entry

Maid's Visa will be issued same time at the counter if the requirements are completed.

• Labour Contract (3 copies) will be issued along with the Maid Visa and that has to be signed by both the sponsor and Maid at the time of stamping her visa. Immigration employee will ask the salary of Maid at the time of issuing visa to enter the amount in the Labour Contract.

• Maximum age limit to apply for Maid Visa is 58 years old (varies case to case).

• Bachelors are not eligible to sponsor a Maid.

• If a family needs more than one maid, the DGDRFA reserves the right to decide depending on the size of the family, income levels, etc.

Wages of Maids
Currently, maids can be obtained only from India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Ethiopia, each of which has its own stipulations for minimum wages, age and other working conditions.
For example, Indian maids command a minimum salary of Dh1,100. A prepaid mobile phone with SIM card should be given to the housemaid upon arrival. The sponsor is required to sign an employment contract attested by the Notary Public, Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read more

The rate for Filipina is Dh1469 ($400), Sri Lankan Dh825, Indonesian Dh800, Nepali Dh900 and Bangladeshi Dh750. To sponsor a Nepalese Maid, the employer also needs a Police Clearance Certificate. Read more

Medical from Home Country: Maids from Ethiopia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka are required to take a medical fitness test in their home countries before applying for the visa.
Read more

Refundable Deposit at Embassy/Consulate: India: Dh9200, Nepal: Dh5000, Sri Lanka: Dh3675. Philippine, Bangladesh, and Indonesian missions do not require security deposits.

Affidavit / No relation Certificate from Indian Consulate
• If the sponsor is an Indian, Affidavit can be made from Indian Consulate/ Embassy. Required documents: 1. Passport copy of Sponsor, Spouse and Maid. 2. Original passports of Sponsor and Spouse. 3. Affidavit Form can be collected from Consulate and filled by hand. 4. Fees Dh60. Attested Affidavit will be delivered the same time. Indian Consulate Timing: Sunday to Thursday 8am-12noon. Location: Bur Dubai, Karama, near Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

NOTE: Dh50,000 is what you may have to cough up in fines for hiring an illegal maid.

To prepare your Maid Visa application 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).

Dubai Immigration Help Line No. 800 5111
Special rules in Abu Dhabi for Maid sponsorship
• You cannot apply for Maid Visa from your own nationality. 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.
If the sponsor is an Indian Resident, more procedures to be completed from Indian Consulate/Embassy for immigration clearance. read more

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