It is NOT OK to use somebody’s Visit Visa

Aug 24, 2016
It is NOT OK

It is NOT OK to use somebody’s visit visa, or to employ a domestic worker on her OWN visa. Its illegal, and can incur fines of up to AED 50, 000 (person involved in engaging them) with instant deportation for the domestic worker.( +life ban.)

The only legal visa for a domestic worker is via:

 (1.) Housekeeping Co full time package from AED2,300 per month OR

(2.) Via the 2 year domestic workers visa  ( sponsoring family have their own worker and  Housekeeping Co provides 2 year visa and payroll system


Trial Period and having Own visa

A trial period is legal only when the initial visa application has been made with Housekeeping Co.

IN regards to the misconception of maids having their own visa, or being sponsored by their husbands, this is incorrect and illegal. 


ARTICLE by Denise McGinty

I recently interviewed a girl from Kenya…...she had a 3 month Visit Visa, and came for an interview to secure a job as a Housekeeper.

She was already working and living with a family in a well-established gated community in Dubai. She hadn’t eaten for 2 days, was full of stress and consequently had lost  6 kilos…there was no extra fat on her already thin body.

She was evidently exhausted from not eating properly, and the effects of verbal abuse throughout her “employment”, meant that she was slow in being able to communicate effectively.

The family had taken her passport and promised to process her employment visa. She was only paid 30% of her salary in cash, and the balance was meant to be sent back home by the “employer”.

I knew that this “employer” were only using her Visit Visa status as a temporary measure before they would “dump” her on a flight back to Kenya, which inevitably would be paid from her salary.

This is wrong on so many levels.

It is never right to utilise the Visit Visa for a trial, (not even for 3 days paid trial period.)

It is incorrect ethically to use the expense of a migrant domestic worker, who has come into the UAE in search of work.  

She has saved the employer the cost of recruitment and deployment and paid her own Visit Visa.The migrant domestic worker, in coming to the UAE will have incurred debt, taken a loan with high interest repayments, and made promises to family members in sending remittances on a regular basis.

After giving sound advice on how best to handle the situation, this poor girl had no more energy to cope. She couldn’t bear the thought of enduring verbal and emotional abuse from the “employer” and decided to wait until her visa had expired, and they would inevitably put her on a flight back to her source country.

This is not where her challenges end.

If she goes back to her home, she will have to face the emotional pressure, abuse, and social stigma and burden of being debt ridden and failing in getting a job.

Many of these poor victims chose not to return to their families, for fear of retribution or out-casting. They try and get jobs in the major cities, and some inevitably end up dabbling in the oldest profession known.

It a vicious cycle. Think ethically and know your source!  

Housekeeping Co operates an ethical recruitment and placement protocol  government to government

Housekeeping Co is a registered MOHRE approved Tadbeer Service Center (beside EQUITI Metro Station (Exit 2) on Shk Zayed Road)  Call/ Whatsapp +971-4-706 0100

This article was originally published in 2016 and  has been updated 31/12/2019

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