UK is a place of opportunities and possibilities for growth and development. It is very obvious that most people wish to come in the UK but a major concern is about the domestic worker. A majority of people don’t have the time to take care of their domestic chores and therefore want to bring a domestic helper along but are often perplexed of how this can be done.

Usually the nannies, au pairs and cleaners etc. need a UK visa for non-EEA domestic workers which was introduced in 2002. The government confirmed that this route will be open to the EEA national until 1 January 2021. Those who are moving before then need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The Domestic worker’s route has gone though several changes most significant of which was in 2012. Non EEA domestic helpers were able to apply for extensions of stay and settlement in the UK before 2012. However, the situation is not the same anymore as the visa is valid for only six months although, those who are still in the UK through the pre-2012 route may still make such applications.

Where to find the rules?

Those who need to apply for a visa to enter the UK now need to refer to paragraphs 159A – 159K of Part 5 of the Immigration Rules to understand the immigration requirements for domestic workers on private households.

There are additional legislations aimed for protecting the migrants who were brought to the UK as slaves or are victims of human trafficking.

Requirements for a domestic worker visa

There are three basic and core requirements to be taken into consideration at an early stage for the visa application to succeed.

  • It is imperative that the domestic worker must have worked for their employer for at least a year before the visa application.
  • They must not have the intention of staying in the UK for more than six months.
  • Their employer ought to be a British or an EEA national who lives outside UK and does not intend to stay for more than six months or a non EEA national – not intending to stay longer than six months in UK.

Upon meeting the above requirements, there are some additional requirements as well that need to be considered.

The Immigration Rules imply that applicants must be at least 19 years old. The applicant’s employment as a domestic worker should have been under the same roof as the employer or in a household used by the employer on a regular basis.

The employer has to provide documents covering the period of employment along with a letter confirming the same. The documents required are as follows:

  • It is necessary to show payment of salary through pay slips or bank statements.
  • Tax payment confirmation.
  • Confirmation for the payment of health insurance.
  • Employment contract
  • A work visa and a residence permit or an equivalent passport endorsement.
  • To confirm that the domestic worker has traveled with the employer, visas or equivalent passport endorsement are necessary.

Furthermore, the applicant must intend to work for their employer while in the UK as well as must intend to travel in a company of:

  • A British or EEA national employer or their spouse, civil partner or child, wherein the employer’s usual place of residence is not UK neither does the employer has any intention of remaining in the UK for more than six months.
  • A British or EEA national employer’s foreign national child, civil partner or spouse and the employer has no intention of staying for more than six months.
  • A foreign national employer or their spouse, civil partner or child wherein the employer is seeking or has already been granted an entry clearance or leave to enter under Part 2 of the Rules.

Other important aspects include:

  • The applicant must intend either to leave the UK at the end of six months or at the same time as that of the employer.
  • The applicant should not intend to live in the UK for an extended period through successive or frequent visits.
  • The applicant should not intend to take any employment except as a domestic worker in a private household.
  • The applicant must be able to maintain and accommodate themselves without depending upon public funds.
  • The applicant must hold a valid entry clearance for entry in the UK as a domestic worker.

The applicant and their employer ought to have agreed with the terms and conditions of employment in the UK in writing. This implies that the applicant will be paid in accordance to the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and evidence must be provided in the form mentioned in the Appendix 7 of the Immigration Rules.

UK is a great country and domestic help is a necessity for many. The process of bringing your domestic helper along requires a lot of paper work and legal assistance and SmartMove2UK is the place for you to go if you want to know more.

You can speak to any of our UK Domestic / Household Worker Visa Consultant based in Mumbai | Delhi | Gurgaon | Bangalore | London on +91 9819 127 002 and book your appointment with our UK Visa experts.


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