The Domestic Worker visa route is for an Overseas Domestic Worker who is seeking to come to the UK to work for up to a maximum of 6 months as a domestic worker with their current employer. Dependants are not permitted on Overseas Domestic Worker visa route. An application for domestic worker visa is submitted to the Home Office, UKVI in accordance with requirements of the Immigration Rules as set  out in Appendix Overseas Domestic Worker.

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Who Are Domestic Workers?

Domestic workers include:

  • cleaners
  • chauffeurs
  • cooks
  • those providing personal care for the employer and their family
  • nannies

Entry Clearance For Overseas Domestic Worker Visa UK

An applicant who has been employed overseas as a domestic worker for at least last 12 months preceding the date of application can apply for Overseas Domestic Worker visa to accompany the employer visiting the UK for a period not exceeding 6 months.

You can apply for entry clearance for Overseas Domestic Worker visa to visit the UK with your employer if you:

  • live outside the UK
  • are a domestic worker in a private household
  • have worked for your employer for at least one year
  • meet the other eligibility requirements

Requirements For Domestic Worker Visa UK

The applicant should meet the following requirements to be eligible for Overseas Domestic Worker visa for UK:

Valid Application

The applicant for Overseas Domestic Worker visa must submit a valid application for Domestic Worker visa from outside the UK.

Suitability Requirement

The applicant must not fall for refusal under Part 9: Grounds for Refusal.

Age Requirement

The applicant must be aged 19 or over on the date of application.

Employment Requirement

  • A person applying for entry clearance as an Overseas Domestic Worker must have been employed as a domestic worker and living with the employer or in a property that the employer uses as a home for themselves on a regular basis, for 12 months or more immediately before the date of entry clearance application.
  • The applicant must provide a letter from their employer confirming all of the following:
    • their employment as a domestic worker; and
    • that it meets the requirements as set out in ODW 5.1 of Appendix Overseas Domestic Worker; and
    • that the employment is ongoing.
  • The applicant must show they meet the employment requirement by providing one or more of the following:
    • pay slips or bank statements showing payment of salary; or
    • confirmation of tax paid; or
    • confirmation of health insurance paid; or
    • a contract of employment; or
    • a work visa, residence permit or equivalent passport endorsement from the country in which the domestic worker has been employed by the employer; or
    • a visa or equivalent passport endorsement to confirm the applicant has travelled with their employer.
  • The applicant must have agreed in writing, the terms and conditions of their employment in the UK and must provide evidence, in the form set out in Appendix Domestic Worker Statement.
  • The decision maker must be satisfied that the employer genuinely intends to pay the applicant at least the National Minimum Wage throughout their employment in the UK.
  • The decision maker must be satisfied that the applicant intends to work for the employer whilst the employer is in the UK and intends to travel in the company of one of the following:
    • their British employer, or that employer’s British spouse, civil partner or child under the age of 18, where the employer’s usual place of residence is outside the UK and where those individuals do not intend to remain in the UK beyond six months; or
    • a British employer’s foreign national spouse, civil partner or child under the age of 18, where those individuals do not intend to remain in the UK beyond six months; or
    • a foreign national employer or the employer’s spouse, civil partner or child under the age of 18, where those individuals are seeking, or have been granted, permission under Appendix V: Visitor, except where that permission is to undertake activities listed in Appendix V: Visitor at V 9.
  • The decision maker must be satisfied of all of the following:
    • that the applicant will leave the UK at the end of six months in the UK or at the same time as their employer, whichever is the earlier; and
    • will not live for extended periods in the UK through frequent or successive visits; and
    • will not make the UK their main home.

Financial Requirement

The decision maker must be satisfied that the applicant can and will adequately maintain and accommodate themselves without recourse to public funds.

Period and Conditions Of Grant

  • The applicant will be granted entry clearance for a period of 6 months.
  • The grant will be subject to all the following conditions:
    • no access to public funds; and
    • no work except as an Overseas Domestic Worker or a domestic worker in a private household.
  • The applicant is permitted to change employer, without notifying the Home Office, within the validity of their permission as an Overseas Domestic Worker.

Extension Of Domestic Worker Visa

A dometic worker may be able to extend his/her stay in the UK depending on the personal circumstances of the domestic worker and his/her employer. You can apply to extend your domestic worker visa in one of the following circumstances:

  • You can extend your domestic worker visa up to a maximum of 6 months if your intial entry as a domestic worker was granted for less than 6 months.
  • A domestic worker may be able to apply for extension of his/her stay in the UK on the basis of compelling and compassionate grounds outside the immigration rules if the circumstances of the Domestic Worker are exceptional.
  • A domestic worker may be able to apply for extension of his/her stay as a victim of modern slavery.

Extension On Human Rights Grounds

In exceptional circumstances, a domestic worker may be able to extend his/her stay in the UK on human rights grounds outside the Immigration Rules if the circumstances of the applicant are exceptional and compassionate. Every case will be dealt with according to its own invidual facts but succeeding in such cases outside the Immigration Rules and under Human Rights grounds is always going to be quite challenging. The best interests of any British or settled children who are being cared by the domestic worker and whose welfare and well-being may be seriously compromised if the Domestic Worker were to leave the UK and not provide the required care can be one of the factors to be argued in cases involving applications for extension outside the Immigration Rules.

Domestic Workers and Modern Slavery

Those who are admitted as an overseas domestic worker and are found to be the victim of slavery or human trafficking can apply for an extension of stay on that basis. There is also guidance on the circumstances in which enforcement action should be taken in respect of a person admitted as an overseas domestic worker and who is a potential victim of slavery or human trafficking.

Our Fees For Domestic Worker Visa Applications

Our fixed fees for Domestic Worker visa applications are as given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fixed Fees Range
Entry Clearance application for Overseas Domestic Worker visa UK to cover all our work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) From £1,500 To £3,000 (no VAT)
Full service for Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) on human rights grounds to cover all our work on the application until decision by the Home Office, UKVI From £2,000 + VAT To £4,000 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for the application, the applicant also has to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.

Service Options For Your Immigration Application

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors and lawyers offer following service options for your UK visa and immigration application:

Full Service

Our immigration lawyers can provide full service for your immigration application for a fixed fee. Under the full service, our fast track immigration lawyers will carry out all the work on your immigration application until you get a decision on your application through priority or super priority service. Work to be carried out by our fast track immigration lawyers will include the following:

  • Advice on requirements: Our immigration solicitors will advise you on the relevant requirements you meet for your immigration application to succeed;
  • Documentary advice: Our immigration lawyers will prepare and email you a comprehensive list of supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
  • Assessing documents: Our immigration lawyers will assess your documents to make sure that all the documents you provide in support of your application are in accordance with the requirement of the immigration rules;
  • Completing the application form: Our immigration lawyers will complete the relevant application form your immigration application;
  • Submitting application through Priority or Super Priority Service: Where possible, our fast track immigration lawyers will submit your online immigration application through priority or super priority service to get faster decision on your immigration application;
  • Booking an appointment with the application centre: After the online submission of your immigration application, our fast track visa solicitors will book your appointment with the application centre for you to enrol your biometrics;
  • Detailed cover letter: Our specialist immigration solicitors will prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application to explain all the relevant legal requirements and how such requirements have been satisfied by the applicant with the documents being submitted with the application;
  • Uploading documents online: Before the biometrics enrolment date, our immigration lawyers will upload online all the supporting documents to be considered in support of the immigration application;
  • Follow up work: Our immigration lawyers will carry out all the follow up work until decision by the Home Office UKVI on the immigration application.

One-Off Immigration Services

Our specialist immigration lawyers can provide following one-off immigration services for in relation to your UK visa and immigration application:

Remote Legal Services For Your Immigration Matter

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors and lawyers can provide you with expert immigration advice and representations remotely from our offices in London. Using modern technology, our Fast Track Immigration Lawyers can handle your matter remotely without the need for you to visit our offices. Whilst we are more than happy to welcome clients into our offices, if this is their preference, we are proud to be able to offer our legal services remotely to save your time and travel cost.

  • We can provide immigration advice service remotely through Zoom / Skype / Phone / Microsoft Team etc to assess your matter fully and give you appropriate legal advice on your matter;
  • Following initial immigration advice, if you instruct us for your immigration matter, we can send you all relevant documents electronically for you to digitally sign and return the same to us;
  • You can send and receive all documents electronically in PDF format;
  • We will complete your application form and prepare any witness statement (where necessary) by sharing our computer screen with you in a Zoom / Microsoft Team meeting so that you are fully aware of all the information given in the form or statement;
  • We will keep you fully informed on the progress of your matter through active email correspondence.

Why Choose Us For Your Immigration Application?

  • Your immigration application will  be prepared by a specialist immigration solicitor with huge experience of 19 years and specialist knolwedge of immigration laws, requirements, documentary evidence and relevant procedures;
  • Your immigration application will be prepared in shortest possible time under the fast track service;
  • You will get decision on your application faster under the Priority or Super Priority Service;
  • If your application does not succeed for any reasons, our immigration lawyers will challenge the refusal with no additional cost. In the alternative, our immigration lawyers will prepare and submit a fresh application at no extra cost;
  • Our immigration solicitors and lawyers can provide you with expert legal advice and representations remotely from our offices in London. Using modern technology, we can handle your matter remotely without the need for you to visit our offices. Whilst we are more than happy to welcome clients into our offices, if this is their preference, we are proud to be able to offer our legal services remotely.

FAQs - Domestic Worker Visa UK

What is overseas domestic worker visa for UK?

The Domestic Worker visa route is for an Overseas Domestic Worker who is seeking to come to the UK to work for up to a maximum of 6 months as a domestic worker with their current employer. 

Who are considered as domestic workers?

Domestic workers include:

  • cleaners
  • chauffeurs
  • cooks
  • those providing personal care for the employer and their family
  • nannies
Can a domestic worker bring his/her dependants with them to the UK?

Dependants are not permitted on Overseas Domestic Worker visa route.

How long will it take to process the domestic worker visa application?

You should get a decision on your domestic worker visa entry clearance application within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

Can I extend my domestic worker visa beyond 6 months?

A dometic worker may be able to extend his/her stay in the UK depending on the personal circumstances of the domestic worker and his/her employer. You can apply to extend your domestic worker visa in one of the following circumstances:

  • You can extend your domestic worker visa up to a maximum of 6 months if your intial entry as a domestic worker was granted for less than 6 months.
  • A domestic worker may be able to apply for extension of his/her stay in the UK on the basis of compelling and compassionate grounds outside the immigration rules if the circumstances of the Domestic Worker are exceptional.
  • A domestic worker may be able to apply for extension of his/her stay as a victim of modern slavery.

Extension On Human Rights Grounds

In exceptional circumstances, a domestic worker may be able to extend his/her stay in the UK on human rights grounds outside the Immigration Rules if the circumstances of the applicant are exceptional and compassionate. Every case will be dealt with according to its own invidual facts but succeeding in such cases outside the Immigration Rules and under Human Rights grounds is always going to be quite challenging. The best interests of any British or settled children who are being cared by the domestic worker and whose welfare and well-being may be seriously compromised if the Domestic Worker were to leave the UK and not provide the required care can be one of the factors to be argued in cases involving applications for extension outside the Immigration Rules.

Domestic Workers and Modern Slavery

Those who are admitted as an overseas domestic worker and are found to be the victim of slavery or human trafficking can apply for an extension of stay on that basis. There is also guidance on the circumstances in which enforcement action should be taken in respect of a person admitted as an overseas domestic worker and who is a potential victim of slavery or human trafficking.

What is the eligibility requirement for Overseas Domestic Worker visa?

You must prove that you:

  • are 19 or older
  • have worked for your employer for at least 1 year
  • work in the same household as your employer or one they use regularly
  • plan to travel to the UK with your employer, their partner or children
  • intend to work as a full-time domestic worker in a UK household your employer will live in
  • plan to leave the UK at the end of 6 months
  • are able to support yourself in the UK without the need for public funds

Your employer must be either a:

  • British citizen who usually lives outside the UK and who does not intend to remain in the UK for more than 6 months
  • foreign citizen who is coming to the UK on a visit and who does not intend to remain for more than 6 months

Your employer must also pay you at least the national minimum wage.

What documents I must provide for my domestic worker visa?

When you apply for Overseas Domestic Worker visa, you will need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • proof you can support yourself during your trip, for example bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months
  • a completed ‘Appendix domestic worker statement’ signed by both you and your employer
  • a letter from your employer confirming your job title, how long you’ve worked for them and that you’re a permanent employee

You will need to have a blank page in your passport on which to put the visa.

You must also provide 1 of the following documents covering the same period of employment:

  • pay slips or bank statements showing payment of salary
  • confirmation of tax paid
  • confirmation of health insurance paid
  • contract of employment
  • work visa, residence permit or equivalent passport endorsement for the country where you’re currently employed by your employer
  • visas or equivalent passport endorsement if you’ve travelled with your employer before

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances. Our specialist team of work visa solicitors can provide you with a comprehensive list of relevant documents you should submit in support of your Domestic Worker visa application.

You will need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.

How can I apply for Domestic Worker visa from outside the UK?

You can apply for Domestic Worker visa online from outside the UK.

You can apply for a domestic worker visa entry clearance up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.

What are my employment rights in the UK as a Domestic Worker?

When you work in the UK your employer must:

  • pay you an agreed rate, which must be at least the national minimum wage
  • not force you to work excessive hours
  • give you agreed holiday pay
  • give you the notice you’re entitled to if your employment ends

You should already have agreed your employment conditions with your employer and have a copy of these in writing. Your employer cannot change your employment conditions unless you agree.

What if I am a Domestic Worker who is a victim of Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery and human trafficking involve being forced to do something you do not want to do, usually by being hurt or threatened.

You may be forced to work for free or less than the minimum wage, get married or move to a country against your will.

You can apply to stay in the UK for up to 2 years, if both of the following apply:

  • you have a ‘conclusive grounds’ letter from the Single Competent Authority (SCA) confirming that you’re a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking
  • you entered the UK on an Overseas Domestic Worker visa, on a Domestic Worker in a Private Household visa, or as a private servant of a diplomat (known as a Temporary Work - International Agreement visa).

If you think you’re a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking you need to contact the police or another first responder organisation. They can help refer your case to the SCA. The SCA will decide if you’re a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking. They will send you a conclusive grounds letter confirming their decision.

You must apply online to stay in the UK as a victim of Modern Slavery within 28 days of getting confirmation from SCA that you are a victim of modern slavery or human trafficking.