uk domestic worker in a private household visa

UK Domestic Workers in a Private Household Visa Application

Persons living outside the United Kingdom, planning to move here for a maximum of 6 months can take their domestic workers with them. The worker should, however, apply for Domestic Workers in a Private Household Visa, to accompany their employer in the UK.

You can apply for a visa to visit UK with your employer if you:

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

Following categories include as Domestic Workers:

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


If you are applying forDomestic Workers in a Private Household Visa than 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 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

Employer Requirement

If you apply for Domestic Worker in a Private Household Visa, 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; and
  • Your employer must also pay you at least the national minimum wage

Documents Requirements

When you apply for UK Domestic Worker Visa, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • 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
  • details of where you’ll be staying and your return travel booking

You must also provide information about your job in your application supported with evidence, including:

  • a letter from your employer confirming that you’ve worked for them in the same job for at least 1 year
  • a completed and signed statement of your terms and conditions of employment
  • a statement from your employer confirming they’ll pay you at least the national minimum wage while you’re working for them in the UK

You also required to provide one of the following documents which covering the same period of your 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
  • If your documents are not in English or Welsh you’ll need to provide a certified translation
  • You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances

Knowledge of English Requirement

If you want to settle in the UK, you’ll need to prove that you can satisfy the English language requirement. But you can only settle as a domestic worker in a private household if you applied for entry on or before 5 April 2012.You can prove your knowledge of English by either:

  • passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • having an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognised by Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC) as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD
  • You may be able to meet the English language requirement in other ways

Your Employment Rights

When you work in the UK under Domestic Worker in a Private Household visa, 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. If your employer does not meet these requirements, you can take legal action through an employment or industrial tribunal or the civil courts.

If You Become Victim of Salavery or Human Trafficking

In such a situation, you can apply to stay in the UK for up to 2 years if all the following apply:

  • you entered the UK on a domestic worker visa
  • you have a letter from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) confirming that you’re a victim of slavery or human trafficking
  • you are able to support yourself in the UK

You must apply only to stay in the UK within 28 days of getting confirmation that you are a victim of slavery or human trafficking and it is a free to apply.

What You Can do on Domestic Worker Visa

If you are in the UK on Domestic Worker in a Private Household Visa than you can:

  • 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
  • change employers to another job as a domestic worker in a private household - only if you do not stay longer than the 6 months

What You Cannot

You cannot:

  • get public funds
  • 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

The Home Office will carefully scrutinise an application for any long term or temporary work visa. If it does not consider that the visa application is a genuine or if it considers that any of the other requirements have not been met, the application will fall for refusal. It is therefore essential that the application is prepared thoroughly and carefully.
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