Overseas Domestic Worker
You can apply for a visa to visit the UK with your employer if you:
- are a domestic worker in a private household
- have worked for your employer for at least one year
- are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
- meet the other eligibility requirements
Domestic workers include:
- those providing personal care for the employer and their family
How long it will take
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
It costs £405 for a visa as a domestic worker in a private household.
How long you can stay
You can use this visa to visit the UK with your employer 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.
What you can and can’t do
- stay in the UK if your employer takes a short trip to another country during the visit
- travel abroad and return to the UK to complete your stay, though you must prove you still work for your employer, eg a letter from them
- change employers to another job as a domestic worker in a private household - only if you don’t stay longer than the 6 months
- change your job for the employer you came to the UK with
- live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent visits
- bring in family members (‘dependants’) - they must apply separately
- get public funds
You must prove that you:
- are between 18 and 65 years old
- 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 or at the same time as your employer, whichever is sooner
- are able to support yourself in the UK without the need for public funds
Your employer must be either a:
- British or European Economic Area (EEA) national who usually lives outside the UK and who doesn’t intend to remain in the UK for more than six months
- foreign national who is coming to the UK on a visit and who doesn’t intend to remain for more than 6 months
Your employer must also pay you at least the national minimum wage.
You could lose your visa if your employer breaks any immigration laws while in the UK.