Explained: Legal process to bring a domestic worker from India to the UAE

Explained: Legal process to bring a domestic worker from India to the UAE

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 an 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 to the 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, bearing 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 ( of the 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 the Indian Embassy in UAE and the Consulate General of India – Dubai to attest documents. At the IVS centre, as a sponsor of the 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 the 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 fulfill requirements such as providing:

  • copy of your passport; original Emirates ID
  • copy of passport for the proposed domestic employee
  • passport size photo (with white background) 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 bedrooms) or a copy title deed of your residential property which is owned by you (at least two bedrooms)
  • utility bill issued by Dewa
  • copy of your bank statement
  • copy of your employment contract and salary certificate issued by your employer

Further, once you receive the offer letter issued in MOHRE-approved format and the entry permit issued by the 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 the 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 the 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 the 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 the Government of India for expatriate Indians in the UAE on its toll-free number 800-46342.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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