Maid Visa also sometime referred to as Nanny Visa

Whether you are looking for a full-time nanny to look after the kids or just a housemaid to help around the house, these jobs are categorized as domestic help and are governed by the UAE Domestic Labour Law, set by the UAE Government.

Other entitlements for maids in Dubai

Along with the minimum wage, when hiring a maid in Dubai, the sponsor will be responsible for providing other few benefits such as:

  • Timely Payment of wages
  • Medical insurance
  • Live In Accommodation or Live Out Accommodation Allowance
  • One day of paid rest per week
  • 12 hours of rest per day, including 8 hours consecutive rest
  • 30 days paid vacation per year
  • 30 days of medical leave per year
  • A round trip ticket home every 2 years
  • Decent meals at the employer’s expense

Dubai Maid Visa

In Dubai, a maid can be hired to take care of your parents/kids or to carry out the daily household works. For this, you need to obtain a Dubai Maid Visa. It allows a person to work as domestic labour in Dubai. An expert firm with a good understanding of the guidelines associated with obtaining a maid visa can be beneficial for your business.

Many expat residents in UAE don’t know the details of the maid hiring process. The government of UAE has a domestic labour law in place that deals with hiring a maid. If you are not sure about the rules and regulations regarding the maid visa, hiring can be an arduous task. So it’s worth seeking advice before starting the process.

The person who wants to hire a maid in UAE is expected to sponsor the maid. Those who are planning to sponsor a maid need to follow certain rules and procedures. A lot of documentation is involved in the process of sponsoring. So any error in the process may negatively impact your sponsoring. The experts at Bizvise will help you understand the intricacies involved in obtaining a Dubai maid visa or domestic workers' visa.

Working with us will ensure that the application meets all the criteria and is free from errors. It helps you avoid any kind of delay in the process.

Criteria to sponsor a maid in Dubai

The sponsor must meet certain criteria to sponsor a maid in Dubai:


The head of the family (usually the male) can be the sponsor of the maid visa. Your earnings must be a minimum of AED 20,000 per month.


The maids can be sponsored from the following countries:

  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Philippines
  • Bangladesh
  • Indonesia


The sponsor is fully responsible for paying the maid while they are working in the UAE. A maid is your employee and you are obligated to pay the statutory minimum wage. The sponsor is allowed to provide a higher wage if they wish to.

The minimum wage depends on the maid’s nationality.

  • India – AED 1,100
  • Sri Lanka – AED 825
  • Philippines – AED 1,400
  • Bangladesh – AED 750
  • Indonesia – AED 800


The maids must be aged over 18. Maids from Philippines must be aged between 30 and 60 years.


The maid must be provided with the following things:.

  • A maid’s wages must be paid within 10 days of the agreed due date
  • One day of paid rest every week and 12 hours of rest per day (including eight consecutive rest hours)
  • Medical insurance, medical leave (30 days), and paid vacation (30 days per year)
  • Food and accommodation
  • Uniform or attire for work
  • Cost of a round trip to their home country every two years at a minimum

Documents needed to obtain Maid’s Residency Permit

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs, Dubai or GDRFA is the government agency that issues the Residency Permit in Dubai. The sponsor must submit the following documents to GDRFA, Dubai.

  • Get the visa application from an approved typing centre
  • Submit the visa (copy) and passport (copy) of both the sponsor and the domestic helper.
  • Passport photos of both the parties involved
  • Labour contract of the sponsor (copy)
  • Sponsor’s bank account details that depict the last 3 months’ transactions
  • Affidavit of non-relationship (if the domestic worker shares the same nationality)
  • Tenancy agreement of the sponsor (copy)
  • Health insurance of the sponsor (copy)
  • Medical Fitness certificate of the maid (issued by maid’s country)
  • Proof regarding the sponsor’s salary

Cost of Maid Visa in Dubai

There are many factors that you need to consider while estimating the cost of a maid visa in Dubai. Prices can vary accordingly and the cost will also depend on the kind and scope of work of the maid.

  • Typing centre fee
  • Annual fee to UAE Immigration
  • Medical insurance for your maid

Once the entry permit for the maid has been issued, there is a deposit of AED 2,000 which is refundable. This amount will be returned to you if the visa of the maid is cancelled or expires and the maid has left the country.

Maid Visa renewal in Dubai

Dubai maid visa must be renewed on a yearly basis. It must be done by the sponsor. The visa can be renewed online or via an authorized typist. You have to submit the renewal and medical request application. A medical fitness test of the maid must also be conducted.

Cancellation of Maid Visa

The maid visa can be cancelled because of unsatisfactory performance or other reasons. You can cancel the visa by going through any of the two processes mentioned below.


You have to submit 3 documents for GDRFA submission.

  • Labour card of the maid
  • Typed Residence cancellation form
  • Passport of the maid

Submit the documents to the Residency Section of the GDRFA and pay the required fees.

After payment of the fees, the cancellation receipt will be issued and you will get two copies. Then give one of the receipts to the maid. The maid must produce the cancellation receipt at the Airport Immigration department. The maid has to go through the normal boarding and departure procedures at the airport and the visa cancellation occurs at the time of clearance. The other cancellation receipt can be used by the sponsor to obtain the GDRFA deposit.

2. Airport

The second way to cancel the visa cancellation is through the airport. You should obtain the boarding pass for the maid and get in touch with the GDRFA office. Then terminate the Residence visa by paying the fees. After that, hand over one of the cancelled Residence copy to the maid. The maid must produce the cancellation copy at the Airport Immigration department. The sponsor can use the other copy to obtain the GDRFA deposit.