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Entry Clearance As Domestic Worker

This category (Domestic Worker) grants the foreign employer the permission to bring his/her domestic workers with them while they visit the United Kingdom for up to six months. The domestic worker must be a recognized and generally accepted member of staff of the said employer; also he/she must have worked with the employer for a minimum of one year before making the visa application. The rules for domestic workers changed on 6 April 2012.

The individual is expected to take up full-time work with the employer (in his place of residence whilst in the UK).

The individual is required to have a written undertaken that clearly state the terms and conditions of the individual appointment; it should also state that the employer is willing to meet all the requirements of the UK law concerning the national minimum wage for employees.

The applicant is expected to enter the United Kingdom with:

  • His/her employer who is a national of the United Kingdom or a citizen of an European Economic Area (EEA) mainly resided outside the UK, with the intention of spending no more than six months in the United Kingdom.
  • The Wife, husband, civil partner or child of the employer who is also a national of the United Kingdom or a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA).
  • The Wife, husband, civil partner or child of the employer who is also a national of the United Kingdom or a citizen of an European Economic Area (EEA) with the intention of spending no more than six months in the United Kingdom.
  • An individual who is an overseas employer or any of his dependant, who has been granted a Visitor’s Visa for entry into the United Kingdom.

The individual is expected:

  • To be between the age of18 and 65;
  • To have the intension to vacate the UK simultaneously as the employer or on the elapse of 6 months, whichever comes first;
  • Not to take up employment whilst in the UK unless the job with the employer for which he/she was granted entry (i.e. Domestic Worker).
  • To be financially capable to cater for accommodation needs and daily support for themselves (including any dependant) without seeking for public funds;

The individual will be required to make available the following whist making the application:

  • A signed Undertaking by the employer;
  • A written statement that contains the terms and conditions attached to the job, stating also that the employer is willing to abide by the national minimum wage law of the United Kingdom.

To elaborate clearly, domestic workers in this case can be cleaners, chauffeurs, cooks, nannies, and other individuals who provide personal care for their employer or his/her dependants. The individual is expected to take up work only in the employer’s residence whilst in the United Kingdom.

The domestic worker will usually be issued entry into the UK for not more than six months; of which he/she is expected to vacate the United Kingdom on the expiry of his/her permit or when the employer leaves the UK, whichever comes first. The individual is not eligible for an extension on expiry of the granted leave of entry to either the employer or the domestic worker; by the Home Office, UKBA.

The domestic worker is not permitted to change employer or change type of employment whilst he/she is resided in the United Kingdom. He/she is also not permitted to bring dependants along while coming but the dependant may choose to make an application as an individual like the Visitor’s Visa category if the wish to come to the UK.

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