For a live-in maid, it’s imperative that you sponsor their domestic worker visa (employment visa in other words). It should be displayed in their passport whenever they are entering or exiting the country.You will have to apply for the visa from the Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency Department (02 4462244). There is a fee of AED 5,000 a year to the immigration office; and you will need to prove that your monthly income, after the cost of accommodation, is not less than AED 6,500. There will be a service charge of between AED 3,500 and AED 5,300 if you are selecting a maid through an agency, along with the cost of the air ticket. You will need a residence form filled in Arabic, except for your name which must be in English and Arabic, a letter of No Objection from your sponsor, four passport photos, a copy of your passport and your maid’s passport. You will also need to apply for a labour card for your maid and a medical certificate, which includes health insurance and medical treatments. This costs around AED 600.