Domestic Worker Visa Applications

A Domestic Worker Visa allows overseas employers to bring their domestic workers with them when they visit the UK for up to 6 months. Our team are specialists at assisting clients through the application process.

A domestic worker may include a cleaner, chauffeur, gardener, cook, carer in a private household for the employer or a member of the employer’s family, and nannies. They must only work in their employer’s residence whilst in the United Kingdom and must have worked with the employer for a minimum of one year before making the visa application. The applicant will be permitted to stay in the UK for up to 6 months, however, they must return home at the end of this period or when their employer returns home, whichever is sooner. As part of the new regulations, they are not allowed to change employer while they are in the UK or change to a different type of employment. It is currently not possible to extend permission to stay past 6 months or past the time that their employer is in the UK.

Eligibility Requirements

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 a European Economic Area (EEA) mainly resided outside the UK and intending to spend 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) with the intention of spending no more than six months in the United Kingdom.
The applicant is expected:
  • To be between the age of 18 and 65
  • To have the intention to vacate the UK simultaneously as the employer or on the elapse of 6 months, whichever comes first
  • Not to take up any other employment whilst in the UK
  • To be financially independent to support themselves including any dependant without seeking any public funds
The applicant is also required to have a written undertaking that clearly state the terms and conditions of the individual appointment with their employer including that their employer is willing to abide by the national minimum wage law of the United Kingdom
You are permitted to stay in the UK if your employer takes a short trip to another country during the visit and also travel abroad and return to the UK to complete your stay, though you must prove you still work for your employer.
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What Can You Not Do?

You are not permitted to:

  • Bring in family members (dependants) – they must apply separately
  • Change to another type of visa from this visa
  • Change your employer while you are in the UK
  • Live in the UK for long periods through frequent visits
  • Receive public funds
Applicants applying under the Domestic Worker category cannot bring their dependants with them, but they may apply to come here in their own right, for example as visitors.

What if My Application is Refused?

If your application is then refused, there are several options available to you, including:

  • Administrative Review
  • Judicial Review

Our team can assist you in deciding the best way forward considering your individual circumstances and will provide clear concise legal advice and representation.

Can I Apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain?

If you applied for a domestic worker visa before 5th April 2012, you might be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain after five years of continuous employment in this category.

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Our specialist immigration solicitors will be by your side throughout all stages of your visa application. They will discuss your circumstances and present you with options on how to proceed. Legal advice should always be sought before an application is submitted, the case must be argued well and in detail to show evidence that you meet the requirements. Our solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with all types of visa matters. They will expertly guide you in all aspects of your immigration requirements and are ideally positioned to explain any complexities and can represent your position robustly in order to achieve your desired outcome.

How to Get in Contact

Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at for further information and advice about our family visa application services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.

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