Khaleej Times, Sunday, Jan 29, 2023 | Rajab 7, 1444
Explained: How to bring a domestic worker to UAE, documents required
Question: I read about some law changes when it comes to hiring
domestic workers in the UAE. I am from India and wish to bring someone from my
hometown to stay with us as a full-time maid. Can you please explain the legal
process to follow?
Response: Pursuant to your queries, it is assumed that you are married
and residing with your family in Dubai. It is further assumed that the domestic
worker whom you intend to recruit from India is a ECR (Emigration Check
Required) passport holder. The provisions of Federal Decree Law No. 9 of 2022
Concerning Domestic Workers (the 'UAE Domestic Workers Law') are applicable for
employment of domestic workers in the UAE.
The UAE Domestic Workers Law came into force on December 5, 2022. Article 11 of
the law states the obligations of the employers such as providing appropriate
accommodation, facilities to perform work, meals and clothing necessary to
perform the duties, timely payment of salary, bear costs of medical care,
respect and courtesy to the worker, incur costs of repatriation etc.
You need to register with the E-Migrant web portal (www.emigrate.gov.in) of
Government of India (‘E-Migrant’) and submit an application. Thereafter, you may
approach IVS Global Services (the ‘IVS’), a third-party service provider
approved by Indian Embassy in UAE and Consulate General of India – Dubai to
attest documents. At the IVS centre, as a sponsor of proposed domestic worker’s
employment visa, you may have to sign an affidavit confirming that you are not
related to the said proposed domestic worker and the same will be attested by an
official of Consulate General of India - Dubai.
Once the above procedure has been completed, you must apply for the employment
visa (entry permit) of the proposed domestic worker through the Ministry of
Human Resources and Emiratisation (the ‘MOHRE’). You should fulfil requirements
such as providing a copy of your passport; original Emirates ID; copy of
passport for the proposed domestic employee; passport size photo (with white
back ground) of the proposed domestic employee; copy of passport and Emirates ID
of your spouse; copy of your marriage certificate duly attested in India as well
as in UAE; tenancy contract and Ejari of the rented apartment (at least two
bedroom) or a copy title deed of your residential property which is owned by you
(at least two bedroom); utility bill issued by Dewa; copy of your bank
statement; copy of your employment contract and salary certificate issued by
Further, once you receive the offer letter issued in MOHRE-approved format and
the entry permit issued by General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners
Affairs - Dubai (the ‘GDRFA’), you must submit all relevant documents to IVS and
a refundable deposit as required by the Consulate General of India - Dubai. Once
the entry permit of the domestic worker is attested by IVS, an agreement will be
generated through E-Migrant and the said agreement will be sent to the proposed
domestic worker. Thereafter, the agreement with attested entry permit will be
sent to the Protector of Emigrants (POE), India, in order to get emigration
clearances for the proposed domestic worker to travel to UAE.
Finally, once the above is completed, your proposed domestic worker may travel
to UAE on the entry permit issued by GDRFA. You may then have to accompany the
worker to Consulate General of India - Dubai within two weeks from the date of
arrival for an entry interview. Thereafter, you need to make arrangements to
sign the MOHRE employment contract. Further, the proposed domestic worker needs
to undergo medical fitness examination and you need to apply for his/her health
insurance and Emirates ID.
For further clarifications on this matter, you may contact the MOHRE, GDRFA, and
labour section of Consulate General of India – Dubai. Alternatively, for further
information on hiring maids from India you may contact Pravasi Bharatiya
Sahayata Kendra (PBSK), a welfare initiative centre established by Government of
India for the expatriate Indians in the UAE on its toll free number 800-46342.