Nepalese domestic workers allowed to work in region
Posted on: Sat 03-Mar-2012
Abu Dhabi: Nepalese female domestic workers have started coming to the UAE after Nepal lifted the ban on their employment in the Middle East including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

The Nepalese Embassy in the capital receives on average six applications each working day for the recruitment of female domestic workers, a senior diplomat told Gulf News on Saturday.

Most of the applicants (prospective sponsors) are from Dubai; about 80 per cent are Indian expatriates and others are Western nationals of Indian origin, Europeans and Emiratis, said Deepak Adhikari, charge d'affaires.

So far more than 100 women domestic workers have arrived in the UAE, he said.

Although the ban was lifted as of June 6 last year the new regulations for recruitment were framed later and announced in November, the diplomat said.

People came to learn about it recently and the number of applications started increasing from early this year, he said.
Permit

Although the ban has been lifted, the Nepalese government has put stringent regulations on the foreign employment of housemaids, he said.

The Department of Foreign Employment in Kathmandu has to give a Foreign Employment Permit to a prospective domestic worker to go abroad for employment, based on the attestation of relevant documents by the Nepalese Embassy in the host country, the diplomat said.

A prospective sponsor must submit about 14 documents including a police report proving a clean criminal record, salary certificate showing a minimum Dh10,000 monthly income, excluding cost of accommodation, and an undertaking to pay a minimum Dh900 monthly salary to the housemaid in addition to food and accommodation.

A Dh5,000 refundable security deposit must also be paid at the embassy, he said.

Harassment
Nepal banned the employment of domestic workers in the Middle East after complaints of harassment, the diplomat said.

But Kathmandu decided to lift the ban last year because many Nepalese women were illegally coming to the Middle East via neighbouring countries to work as domestic help, he said.

Adhikari said the illegal housemaids in the UAE facing trouble approached the embassy for help.

Shelter
The embassy provided shelter for them and sent them back home, he said.

The female domestic workers who came to the UAE before June 6 must regularise their status in accordance with the new regulations, Adhikari explained.

The stringent regulations for new recruitment are meant to prevent mistreatment of women, he said.

Among the 14 documents required to sponsor a housemaid, a marriage certificate is demanded from a male sponsor only, he said.

Unmarried female sponsors are allowed to recruit housemaids.

The police clearance report will ensure that the sponsor does not have a criminal background, Adhikari said.

Contacts
The sponsors of the Nepalese female domestic workers are finding them through their Nepalese contacts in the UAE, Adhikari said.

So far the mission has not detected any involvement of recruitment agencies, he said.

The mission has also no mechanism to help the prospective sponsors in the recruitment process except the official formalities like attesting the documents, the diplomat said.

The sponsors find the prospective housemaids through a familiar Nepalese national working in the UAE, he said.

Conditions for Sponsorship
1. Sponsor should have a minimum monthly salary of Dh10,000, excluding the cost of accommodation (Tenancy contact also has to be submitted). If salary is less than Dh10,000, he/she can enclose the salary certificate of the spouse also.

2. Police report proving absence of criminal record.

3. Undertaking to provide Dh900 monthly salary to housemaid.

4. Dh5,000 refundable deposit to the embassy.

5. Marriage certificate if sponsor is a male

6. Total 14 documents have to be submitted for attestation at the embassy. For details log on: http://www.nepalembassyuae.org



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