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The rules for domestic workers changed on 6 April 2012.

The 'domestic worker in a private household' category allows overseas employers to bring their domestic workers with them when they visit the UK for up to 6 months. To come here as a domestic worker, you must be an established member of your employer's staff - you must have worked for your employer for at least a year before you apply for a visa.

You must intend to work full-time in the UK as a domestic worker for that employer in a household that your employer will live in.

You and your employer must have a written agreement that sets out the terms and conditions of your employment. It must say that that your employer will comply with UK law on the national minimum wage.

You must intend to travel to the UK with:

  • an employer who is a British or EEA citizen, usually lives outside the UK, and does not intend to stay in the UK for more than 6 months; or
  • that employer's husband, wife, civil partner or child who is also a British or EEA citizen; or
  • the foreign national husband, wife, civil partner or child of an employer who is a British or EEA citizen and does not intend to stay in the UK for more than 6 months; or
  • a foreign national employer (or their husband, wife, civil partner or child) who has a visa to come to the UK as a visitor.

You must also:

  • be aged between 18 and 65; and
  • intend to leave the UK at the end of 6 months or at the same time as your employer, whichever is sooner; and
  • not intend to work in the UK except as a domestic worker for that employer; and
  • be able to support yourself without the need for public funds.

When you apply for a visa, you will need to provide:

  • an undertaking signed by your employer; and
  • a statement of your terms and conditions of employment, which must say that that your employer will comply with UK law on the national minimum wage.

Domestic workers include cleaners, chauffeurs, cooks, those providing personal care for the employer or a member of the employer's family, and nannies. You must work in your employer's household in the UK.

You will be given permission to stay in the UK for up to 6 months. You must return home at the end of the 6 months or when your employer returns home, whichever is sooner. The UKBA will not extend your permission to stay past 6 months or past the time that your employer is in the UK.

You are not allowed to change employer while you are in the UK or change to a different type of employment. You cannot bring your dependants with you but they may apply to come here in their own right, for example as visitors.

Our Services For Entry Clearance Application As A Domestic Worker

We can represent you in your entry clearance application and do all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your application. Our work will include:

  • the completion of the paper or online application form;
  • advising you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures;
  • advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your application;
  • considering the contents of such documents and discussing the same with you;
  • advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your application; and
  • preparing a cover letter wherein we will explain in detailed how all the relevant requirements of the entry clearance are being satisfied.

The completed application will be forwarded to the applicant outside the UK who will sign the same and forward the application along with all the supporting documents to the relevant British Embassy/High Commission/Consulate for a decision to be made by them.

Where necessary, we will also liaise with the Entry Clearance Officer for an expeditious decision on your application.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Your Entry Clearance Application As A Domestic Worker?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for  UK Visa as a Domestic Worker. The quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for UK Visa  as a Domestic Worker and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

Our Fees For Entry Clearance Application As A Domestic Worker

  • We will charge you a fee from £1000 (No VAT) for our professional immigration services in relation to your entry clearance application as a Domestic Worker. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your matter, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly installments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office on the application. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by the company on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee etc.
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  • Domestic Worker Visa - FAQs
  • 1. Can I extend my stay as a Domestic Worker?

    If you made your initial application as a Domestic Worker under the rules in place from 6 April 2012, you will not be able to extend your stay beyond six months. Six months is the maximum period you can stay in the UK as a domestic worker.

    If you are a domestic worker who was granted initial stay under the rules in place before 6 April 2012, you can seek extension of your stay and extension will be granted for a period not exceeding 12 months.

  • 2. Can I apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a Domestic Worker in the UK?

    If you are in the UK with domestic worker visa and your initial visa was granted under the rules in place before 6 April 2012, you can apply for ILR upon completion of 5 years residence in the UK. An application for ILR can be submitted to the Home Office, UKBA 28 days before completing five years residence in the UK as a domestic worker. We can provide Same Day Visa Service for ILR application as a Domestic Worker.

  • 3. Can I switch into Domestic Worker visa from inside the UK?

    You cannot switch into domestic worker visa category from another type of visa category. You must get entry clearance from your country of origin to come to the UK as a domestic worker. Once you are in the UK as domestic worker and your entry clearance was granted under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2012, you can seek extension of your stay from inside the UK as a domestic worker.

  • 4. Can I change my employer as a Domestic Worker?

    If you entered the UK as a domestic worker under the rules in place before 6 April 2012, you are allowed to change your employer from inside the UK. You must inform the Home Office, UKBA about your change of employment.

  • 5. Can I apply for Domestic Worker visa extension through premium service?

    We can provide Same Day Visa Service for your application for extension/ILR as a domestic worker. Your application for extension/ILR will be decided in one day. We will get the PEO appointment for you from the PEO, Croydon, prepare your applicaiton, accompany you to the PEO, Croydon and submit your application to get a decision on your application in one day.