As attractive as the salaries, tax-free environment and relaxed regulations make it to employ a maid in the UAE, there are legal implications for doing so. Here are some things to keep in mind should you wish to sponsor a live-in house in Dubai apartments for sale in Downtown Dubai:
1. The employer must be a resident of the UAE. The sponsor, whose monthly salary is at least AED 6,000 or AED 5,000 with housing perks, may apply for a maid’s visa. The sponsor must have a visa for UAE residency. Maids cannot be sponsored by bachelors. Additionally, locals frequently sponsor maids from nations like Indonesia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and India.
2. A contract must be signed between the employer and maid, specifying the duties, salary and other conditions of employment.
3. The employer is responsible for the maid’s visa, health insurance and return air ticket. The maid must first obtain an entry permission or employment visa before entering Dubai. The next step is to submit a visa application for residence. A resident visa, labor card, and employment contract will subsequently be issued to the maid by the Dubai Naturalization and Residence Department (DNRD). The stages for applying for a visa include:
- Residence Permit (employment permit for the maid to enter country)
- health care and medical examination (after the maid enters the country)
- Passport stamp indicating residence
- Worker’s card
The following documents are necessary for a maid residence visa:
- Application form properly filled out from an authorized typing agency with the following attachments: Salary certificate of sponsor in Arabic (in the case of a government employee), labor contract of sponsor (for private employees), and housing contract
- copy of the sponsor’s passport
- the maid’s passport, copied
- photographs from the maid’s passport
- If the maid is from the same nation, the embassy or consulate must attest the absence of a relationship.
4. The employer must provide adequate housing, food and clothing for the maid.
Each country has independent regulations regarding minimum salary and other criteria such as age. Approximate minimum wage requirements set by embassies include:
- Bangladeshi: AED 750
- Indonesian: AED 800
- Sri Lankan: AED 825
- Indian: AED 1,100
- Filipina: AED 1,400
5. The working hours and days off should be specified in the contract.
6. The employer is responsible for the maid’s safety and welfare.
All brand-new maids will undergo prenatal, HIV, Hepatitis B, Syphilis, TB, and Leprosy screenings. Details on the medical fitness packages can be found on the Dubai apartments for sale in Business Bay Health Authority website at http://www.dha.gov.ae/. The sponsor will be alerted through SMS and the medical results will be electronically transmitted to DNRD.
7. The contract can be terminated by either party with notice.
8. The employer is required to pay the maid’s salary on time and in full.
9. The employer must respect the maid’s religious beliefs and cultural customs.
10. The UAE has strict laws against mistreatment of domestic workers. Employers who are found guilty of abuse can face severe penalties, including imprisonment.
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