This category (the domestic workers in private households) came into existence in the Immigration Rules on the 18th of September 2002, although it previously existed outside the Immigration Rules, due to excessive demands for the route it was introduced in the Immigration Rules. Established domestic workers were permitted to receive leave under the rules to follow their employer to the United Kingdom for at most a period of 12 months at a particular time; they are however eligible to make an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the United Kingdom if they successfully complete five years of legitimate residence in the UK. Domestic Workers were permitted by the rules to be able to switch employer whilst in the United Kingdom as long as they will still be employed as domestic workers and they continue to fulfill the required criteria for the category.
Improvements made to the Immigration Rules on the 6th of April 2012 placed a restriction on admittance into this category to those accepted domestic workers who are to travel along with their employer whose purpose is visitation in the UK. This change in the Immigration Rules resulted to granting leave to the domestic worker for at most six months wherein he/she is not permitted to change employer; applicable to all applications made on or after the 6th of April, 2012. More so, domestic workers who have already been in the UK before this date can make applications for ILR if they have spent five lawful years in the UK and have fulfilled all requirements of the Rules.