Essentials of a Maid Visa in Dubai

Obtaining Maid Visa – Procedures in Dubai

Maid Visa is a visa that is required for sponsoring residency permit for Domestic Helpers. Maid Visa as the name suggests, is only meant for females.

Maid’s visa can be sponsored by a person (Specially head of the family). However, men or women can sponsor whose monthly salary is more than 6K or 5K plus accommodation are eligible to sponsor maid’s visa.

This option is open to families that live in Dubai. To sponsor Maid’s Visa, sponsor should have a valid UAE residence visa. Maid’s nationality can only be India, Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Ethiopia. Also note that maid or nanny can be sponsored only married people and not bachelors or single.

The process of sponsoring Maid is vary from one emirate to other emirate in UAE. Opens in a new tab.

For detailed and latest process you may visit the respective immigration. This article will provide you the overall required documentation and process.

Note: When sponsoring the full time house maid in Dubai, the sponsor has to bear the airfare to their home country.

Documents required for sponsoring House Maid visa or servant visa

  1. Passport copy of the Sponsor with Valid Residence Stamp
  2. Attested Labour Contract for those who work in private sector OR sponsor’s original Salary Certificate in Arabic for those whose visas are direct from immigration.
  3. Attested Tenancy Contract by Ejari. Minimum two bed-room apartment is required.
  4. Passport copy of Maid (Passport must be valid for at least 6 months).
  5. Recent passport size photo with white background (at least 4).
  6. Affidavit from respective Embassy/Consulate certifying non-relationship, if maid is from same country of sponsor.
  7. Application duly filled from authorized typing centre.

Note: Carry these documents with you whenever you make a trip to immigration.

obtaining maid visa in dubai

Procedure/Steps to apply Housemaid Visa

There are basically 3 steps in obtaining residence visa for maid.

  1. Entry Permit
  2. Medical Check up/Emirates ID/Labour Contract
  3. Residence Visa stamping

Entry Permit for maids:

In order for you to apply for UAE residency visa for the maid, she will need to enter the country. This is why you will apply for Entry Permit.

  1. Go to the authorized typing center and get the maid visa application typed.
  2. You will have to pay AED 110 plus typing charges. If you want it urgent you will have to pay additional 100 Dirhams.
  3. Submit the typed application to the Immigration or General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai to get the entry permit.
  4. Pay AED 2,000 along with typed application as a deposit
  5. Send the original or copy of the visa(Entry Permit) to the Maid. If you are sending copy please deposit the original in Visa Desk at the Airport.

Medical check for maid

After entering UAE you need to take your maid to medical fitness tests in any of visa recognized government medical center. Medical test to be done within 30 days after the maid arrival into Dubai.
All maids will have to be screened for HIV, Hepatitis B, Pregnancy, Syphilis, TB and Leprosy.

The 3 doses for Hepatitis B vaccination will be given. One immediately, followed by one month and booster after six months.

All maids will have to do Blood Test plus X-Ray.
After completing the medical tests the medical fitness results will be sent to DNRD electronically. The sponsor will get and SMS with this regard on the mobile phone. And may proceed for further process.

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Emirates ID

After getting the medical result take your maid to submit the fingerprints and application to the Emirates ID authorized center.

Labour contract

This is the official contract between you(sponsor) and the employee(maid). This will list the terms including the salary that is to be paid on a monthly basis.

  1. Sponsor must declare to the officer what salary you propose to pay your maid as this will be entered into the contract.
  2. It is preferable to take your maid with your to save time.
  3. Sponsor will receive 3 printouts of the unified contract which is to be signed by sponsor and Maid.
  4. Request Maid to sign the contract.
  5. The same is to be counter signed by the Officer.
  6. The Officer will give two copies of the contract one to be given to the Maid and one to be given Sponsor.

Residency Visa

  1. Go to the immigration with the following documents to stamp the residency visa on Maid’s Passport:
  2. Stamped and signed  employment permit
  3. AED 5,100 annual Cost for Residency stamp on Passport
  4. Medical Report of Maid
  5. Original Passport of Maid
  6. Original Passport of Sponsor
  7. Salary certificate or labour contract of Sponsor
  8. Tenancy Contract
  9. Contract signed by Maid and Sponsor
  10. A residency stamp with one-year will be placed in your maid’s Passport and domestic worker Card.
  11. Your deposit of AED 2000 which you have kept with immigration while applying for entry permit will only be refunded when your housemaid permanently leaves the country. Keep all records of Maids visa plus sticker which is issued from immigration. The same can be use this to get a refund or show it to the residency officer as proof of deposit in any case.

To get the National ID or Emirates ID, you need to show the residency stamp to the typist to update the application or call EIDA and give them residency number.

Renewal of Maid Visa:

On a mutually agreed terms and if the servant would like to renew the visa, you will need to do the following procedure to renew the maid’s visa.

  1. Go to the authorized typing center at the DNRD or UAE immigration Department and type the application for the renewal of Maid’s Residence Visa.
  2. Pay an amount of AED 5,100 for the renewal which is a annual cost of Maid’s Residence visa. In case if you want on urgent basis you need to pay an additional amount of AED 100.
  3. Go to the authorized government hospital for the medical tests for Visa.
  4. Submit renewal application along with the medical fitness result to immigration or DNRD branch.
  5. The officer from DNRD will issue three contracts which is to be signed by sponsor and Maid. (It is always better to take your maid).

After submitting all the necessary documents you will receive the domestic worker card plus passport of maid with necessary residence visa stamped.

Cancellation of Maid Visa

If you are not satisfied with the performance of the maid or you would like to terminate maid visa, you may do so at any point in time of visa validity. Follow the below process:

  1. You need to go to the authorized typing center at the DNRD or immigration department and ask the typist to type the residence visa cancellation for Maid.
  2. You will need to submit the copy of the maid’s passport and a one way ticket for the maid to her home country along with the sponsor’s passport and Maid’s Domestic Card/Labour Card.
  3. Go to the immigration and submit the typed application form/Maid’s original Passport and original Labour Card or Domestic Card, One way air ticket and sponsor’s Passport to receive the visa cancellation form.
  4. After getting the cancellation form take maid to the airport on departure day along with cancellation form, original passport of Maid .
  5. Submit one visa cancellation form at the DNATA cancellation counter and obtain the sticker. One to be used to get the refund of deposit of AED 2,000.
  6. Check in maid and obtain boarding pass at the airport.

Every Country(origin of the Maid) has its own rules and regulation regarding the salary and age criteria. It is always better to check with the consulate or embassy.

Important NOTES:

  • Do not lose the receipt for the deposit. This is a cumbersome task get the refund in case you lose the original. However it is possible.
  • The fees mentioned above may change depending on the time and emirate of your residence. You are requested to be careful and not take this article as final.
  • Sponsor may need to obtain E-gate card in Dubai.
  • The procedure to apply for maid visa is similar in other emirate as well. However, the requirement for documents might change.

Hope you find these procedures for applying for maid visa helpful.


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  5. Hi Deepak
    I work as a maid here in Abu Dhabi. Now it seems that i cant able to finish my contract, Im just working for 2 months and i want to quit..Do i have a ban?

  6. Hi a friend of mine had a maid from Philippines(she washere legally). She promised to come back after her vacation in december. Hence contract was signed by her and my friend renewed her visa but now she isn’t answering our calls and we feel she isn’t coming back. Who can she now contact in order to make a compaint in order to try to get back the money that was spent.

  7. Hi ted

    I have a friend who had worked as a maid dubai,she finished her two yrs contract went for one month vacation n came back under the same sponcer.
    Now she wants to terminate her contract after one yr.
    My question is,can she get a labour ban?

  8. Hi, we currently sponsor a maid (on my visa). We’d like to sponsor a nanny too (we’d like to bring our maid’s sister over from Philipinnes). Is it allowed to sponsor a nanny as well as a maid. We have children and a large house so can provide good accommodation.

    1. David,
      I think it will be possible depending on your income and accommodation.
      What I could suggest is to directly visit the immigration and seek information as this is a new scenario for me too.
      However, I have seen expats having multiple maids.
      Please update me once you find a solution.

  9. Hello thre we are in need of help and advice , i have had to changed my working visa from Dubai to Abu Dhbai recently and thats means i have had to cancel mymaids visa as well.My family and i intend to keep our Sir Lankan Maid but we have to reutn to the Uk for 8 weeks and have notime to apply for her new visa beofrw we leave.We intend to send her back home for her vacation without her visa and we need to know if she can come back on a visit visa in 8 weeks so that we can then renew her residents visa then? Please help..

  10. The immigration won’t allow us to sponsor our lovely maid because we have the same nationality (Filipino). Certificate of No-relationship has no bearing as well. We are in desperate need of nanny and do you know any legit agency here (Abu Dhabi) who can process our nanny’s visa? thanks 🙂

  11. Hi,

    Could you please tell me what;s the minimum salary required to sponsor housemaid in Dubai?

    Heard from some sources that it is 10 K? Is it so?



  12. Good Day Deepak,

    if my previous employer will provide NOC for me to tranfer the sponsorship, do i still get a 6 months ban from labour?

        1. Ted,
          You will have get ‘no relation’ certificate and deposit certain amount with Indian consulate.
          They will give you legal document which you could show to immigration.

  13. Normally at any of the indian airports will not allow woman who are travelling on servant visa if they are not recruited through registered agencies and not having consulate approval and visa proceedures. in this case how we will bring the servant if it is mentioned on the entry permit.

    1. LKT,
      The legal way is the only way you would be able to get the housemaid.
      You will have to go through normal procedure through Indian Consulate.

  14. Hi,

    Pls advise the age limit for a maid which need to be. V r planing to take a maid from srilanaka.

    1. Su,
      Not too sure. The age has to be above 30 and below 58 at the time of processing visa.

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