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 Rules and Regulations of hiring a Housemaid in Saudi Arabia


What are the procedures of hiring a Housemaid in Saudi Arabia?

• Only those foreign workers holding business occupations as per their Iqama are eligible to apply for housemaid visa. They can submit their applications at the Maktab Al-Istaqdam with the relevant documents. Business professions include Investor or Businessman (Musthasmer or Rajul Amaal in Arabic).

• Applicant’s salary must be above SR6000, as attested by the chamber of commerce. A ‘no-objection letter’ from the respective consulate must be submitted.

• There are many agencies in the Kingdom which specialize in facilitating the hiring of housemaids for their expatriate clients just as they do for Saudi nationals. Expatriate investors have a special facility to get the visa from SAGIA (Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority).

• Currently, housemaids from Kenya, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Eritrea, Morocco, Cambodia, Vietnam and Egypt (only governesses) are common in the Kingdom.

• Charges of Managing Agencies vary depends on the nationality of maid: SR6000 for Egypt (for governess), SR8500 for Indonesia, SR9000 for Kenya, SR9000 for Vietnam, SR 9500 for the Philippines (inclusive of two-months salary), SR9000 for Eretria, and SR8000 for Morocco.

• Housemaid’s monthly salary varies depending on her nationality. Sri Lankans, Indonesians, Kenyans, Filipinos and Eritreans settle for around SR550 to SR750 per month.

• After completion of the required documentations by the Maktab Al-Istiqdam (Recruitment Office), the office will confirm the visa at the same time. Attach the sponsor’s certificate, recommendation of the expatriate’s conduct/ professional status/ salary/ reason for needing a housemaid/ iqama copy/ valid passport copies attested by the respective chamber of commerce, and two photos.

• After obtaining permission from Maktab Al-Istaqdam, pay SR2000 for the housemaid’s visa which takes a maximum of a week or two to obtain.

• After the visa is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is sent to the maid’s country along with the Power of Attorney or POA to any agent for getting his/her passport stamped.

NOTE: Indian maid's minimum age should be 25 and maximum 50 years. This is the rule of India government for granting Immigration clearance. read more
• The prospective maids would be subjected to a crash course in their respective states in India before being sent to Saudi Arabia. Such training will be provided by labour agencies in India.

Guarantee Deposit at Indian Embassy/Consulate: US$ 2500 should be deposited at Indian Embassy / Consulate if the maid has ECR (Emigration Check Required) status passport.

Indian Embassy Jeddah Address:
B-1, Diplomatic Quarter
Riyadh, KSA
Toll Free: 8002471234
Help Line: +966 11 4884697 / 4881982
Working Hours: 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM (Sunday to Thursday)

Indian Consulate Jeddah Address:
Building of Mr. Mansoor Abdul Rahman Al Hueesh
Villa No. 34. (Behind National Commercial Bank)
Near Al Huda Mosque
Tahlia Street, Jeddah, Tel : 00966-12-6603779

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website: www.mofa.gov.sa

Maid's rights: Maximum 15 hours duty per day. One month leave after two years of service.
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