Hello. My maid has decided that she does not wish to go on holiday to the Phillipines this year and would like money for the ticket instead. Obviously she will still get her salary of Dhs 2000 but she is asking for another 2,000 on top of the salary and airfare as says she is legally entitled to 'holiday pay' if she chooses not to go away. This will bring the amount she is asking to over Dhs 6,000 for that month. Can someone please confirm this for me. Thank you.
The "holiday pay" is the AED2k salary you are going to pay her. Regardless of where she takes her holiday - back home, in Dubai or anywhere else she chooses.
However, sometimes my maid chooses not to go home and to continue to work for me through her "holiday". In this case, I pay her normal salary, give her AED3k for her airfare and then pay her a month's extra salary - because I would pay that to someone else to cover while my maid were away on vacation.
I agree with Kirkidium. Ours is staying with us this year. I've given her a months salary, plus an additional month and then the money the airfare would have cost us. From this she's been able to put windows in the house she's building and also buy tiles for her floor. Makes me very happy to be able to do this for her and to see the pictures....after all, most of us are here to save and make a better life for ourselves and our familes.
Good day to all:
Im a housemaid ive been here for 1 month in my employers house..i cant understand the attitude of my madame...everyday were having an aurguement..so i talk both of my employers to send me back in my agency bcos i want to change my employer..but the reaction of boss is like this..no i own the agency..ur not allowed to change ur employer i will let u pay for blood also your family in phils...im afraid if he will hit me...i need ur help...can i go back to the agency and change my employer...pls i just need your help...just call me atthis # 0529151587..0r send me message in my fb account irenegeslaga.becher...pls i need ur help...i want to go back in my agency....
Hi Irene, we recommend you definitely consult your agency and if all else fails you should contact your local embassy.
HTH EW Admin
Can anyone tell me what the rules and regs are in relation to hiring a maid? Stuff like holiday entitlement, sick leave, visits to their home country, responsibilities for when we leave..... At this stage I am trying to understand what obligations (legal and moral) that we will be taking on. At the moment I do not have a clue!
HI..good evening. can I have some comments and informations about my status...ive been working with my madam for 2 years and planning not to renew my contract and look for another job. ..i talked to them already about my plans and they agreed it..my questions are:
1. can I ask for my airfare in cash since I will not go back home?
2. what will be the benefits I take from my employer since I finished my two years contract with them?
i was work allso in 1 year in sout afrika family regarding the contrak i will get free tiket n 1 month bonus but idont get anything allso my salary stell with them but for me its ok good will pay everything.
good day admin....i just need opinion on what exactly is the best thing for me to do.My contract will finished by Dec. this yr. but my visa will expire by March 2. I want to go home by Dec....i arrived here in UAE on Dec. 28,2012.If i go home by Dec. is there any possibility that i can get another sponsor?I need higher salary.cos i have 5 kids back home my salary now is only 1,500 AED and it can never be enough.in all their needs.My friends r telling me that i need to finish my visa in March which i think i cannot stand anymore cos in here i can only eat lunch time and too much work cos i am serving 8.people in this villa and i’m doing all houseworks all alone .My wish is to go home with my kids in Dec. but i also wish to come back to get good sponsor who can give me the rate which me and my kids need.apls. give mebur opinion.Thank u and more power....Cynpar
If you contract is finished and you choose not to renew then you are free to leave. The employer should cancel your visa at that time- if you don't work for them anymore then you shouldn't be under their sponsorship. You can then go home and look for a new sponsor to bring you back out. Please note that if you are from the Phillippines they are not issuing new visas for maids from there at the moment.
Good luck and hope it all works out!
Hi good day admin..is our weekly off day is a mandatory law here in Dubai or not?I mean ...for the maid.
Thank you so much please tell me,I need to know.
Hi Jundy, yes it is a mandatory day off. HTH EW Admin
Hi. Is is illegal to hire a full time live in maid that has her own visa or if she us on her husband's visa? I'm getting several applicants that are like this and I'm unclear of the rules.
Hi JP328 if your maid has her own sponsorship she will need to provide you with a a letter of no objection- an NOL.
Hi, I want to hire a maid in December. Her contract expires end November. She is however from the Phillippines. Would it be possible for me to hire her? Do I need to fly her out to a neighbouring country and then bring her back in? What procedures do I need to follow as she is truly lovely and we would love for her to become part of our family.
Hi I have got a nanny arrange to come over fro Philippines I have now arranged her entry visa and now I have been told she may not be able to leave her country due to a ban could someone please advise
Hi Ladies, I would like to hire a live in Filipina maid who is currently contracted to a maid agency until May 2015. Can anyone tell me if it is possible for the maid to break her contract and if so how it is done. in addition if it is not possible how we go about the process in may. Will she need to leave the country etc and start from scratch again?? thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this for me.
Hi, I have found a maid who is on her own visa and wants to work for us as a live in maid. Please can you advise if it's legal to hire maids this way? What are the legal documents to be drawn up in this scenario? Many thanks.
Im a housmaid and finish my contract for 2yrs my visa expires last sept.19 but my madam yold me shes not still cancelled my visa and I already found a new employer and want me to start as soon my visa cancelled but my mafam is noy allowing me to go shes telling me that I can go onlyunyill end of sept. And i just wanted to know if legally she has togive me my 1 month holiday pay leave and if I can get my plane tcket as cash coz I decided not to go back home pls help me regarding dis matter tnx
Hi, Admin i just want some advice , im from phillipine im working as a housemaid here in dubai for 3 years and in three years i didnt go for vacation and my salary is only 1100, and in my one year no off.. last july 17 i go vacation
for 1 and half month they didnt give my salary for my vacation cause they said im not working at that time. Im trying to leave them when i finish my 2 years but they didnt give me a release and they want to send me in phillipines and going back in dubai is to hard for like a filipino like me.
Now my contract finish on dec 17, i want to look for other family that can pay me as higher than 1500 and can give my benefits ...yearly vacation and one whole day off..
please i need an advice and help...
Hi. I am a filipina working here in oman... my contract ends by april 2015. I need some advice, I am planning to go and work to dubai directly from oman. Is it possible to cross the country. I want to find new sponsor in dubai. Is it possible to make as money my fair ticket back home. Thank you.
Hi. Hello admin. I askd to clarify me.im a filipina.im working as a hausemaid for one year as of now.i dont like my employer attitude. I want to change the employer. So I need back to angecy ..tell what will I do.thanks admin.
Hi..good afternoon..i am a maid in a syrian family but they dont allow me to have day off and i only have 1100 aed salary a month..can someone tell me what to do?thank you..
What are the legal requirements for hiring a part-time maid?
And if the maid has a residency visa already under another sponsor.
Thank you in advance.
hi, am marion here in Ras al khaimah. i have talked to my boss about giving me a day off and she says she gives no day off, no using mobile though luckily i had carried a computer. last week, she wanted to disconnect the internet and i had to beg and shade tears, then she say okay. i work whole week, my body aces now. please help me, what can i do?
i didn't renew my visa with my employer but they didn't give me my 1 month vacation in my 2nd renew and just give me my salary, do i have the right to ask them about that if they just can give me the money? Pls i need advice my former employer is from french in my contract says i have a 1 month vacation with ticket but they didn't give me that, and do i have a right to ask my ticket even if i will not go home. Ty hope someone will help me
Good day admin....I work here for 9mnts and I have off day once a month only its difficult for me this kind of situation wat should I do coz even Friday m still working with them...
Good day admin...I'm working here for 9mnths and I have day off once a month only..its difficult for me this kind of this situation...I need your advice should I talk to my employer about my rights here..
Good day admin its my pleasure to hear the advise from you i just want to knew you how can i going back to dubai bcz at this moment im here in philippines,i worked before in dubai within 4 years...thiers still hiring filipinq maids thank you.more power to you.
Hii good day.any one know full time maid how many hours she have to do work?
Our maid has been with us for 3 years. Her visa expires in April and she does not want to renew with us as she wants to work as a salesperson. This is okay with us, my question is - when I cancel her visa do I have to ensure that she leaves the country before I can hire someone else on my sponsorship? What about if she wants to find another job in the UAE - once I cancel her visa will she be able to go ahead and process the new visa?
As a last question - is it a must to give her a release?
Are the rules for sponsering a maid in Dubai the same as in Abu Dhabi please? For example, can I do the application and paperwork etc in Dubai although the maid and I will live in Abu Dhabi?
Hi guys..I have few questions.ive been working for 4 years in my employer,but my visa will expire on may,but i dont to go back to philippines,now I want to change my job,and I asked them nicely but still they dont want me to leave.im working 24 hours as a nanny.I only have twice a month off..can they stop me froM leaving them?or can they send me back to philippines when my contract finish?i will appreciate ur answers guys..please help me what to do.
please kindly help me I work as a housemaid with a family and my contract will end this april 22 and my employer always asking me to do babysitting even in my off day if not they will cancel my visa .Sir if they cancel my visa do i get a ban as my contract will end this april24?thanks
Hi ! I just want to ask ,is there a gratuity for a maid ? Tnx
Hi there, I've been here for 1month with my employer but I pulled out myself to them due to some house problems, and then he's asking me to pay 4000 drhams for the expenses he made for me. I just want to ask isnt that too much if I paid it? And then after exiting the country he will also receive his depost . I don't have any emirates I'd either? Thank you hope you answer my question.
good day to everyone, i just want opinion or suggestion what should i do. i going to finish on August 13. and i already ask permission to my employer from South Africa. not to renew on going 3 years contracts. Cuz i found a new job and will give me offer letter in the school But my employer said i need to produce OEC she want me to go bk to Philippine but she got me here in U.A.E not in Philippine she said she want to refund her deposit from immigration. Plz give me advice.
Hi admin ....am tiya 25yrs came in Uae as a babysitter but am doing all home chores laundry cleaning cooking and then babysitting too.ts nw 8months. No leave no free day no being sick no rest long working hrs like15hrs salary Is 1000aed nd its delayed always. I have a bachelor's degree and my friend got me a job salary is 2000aed am asking can I leave wil I get a ban.I want to get my passport and jst go. Before a ban, am i consulted first? what are my chances please advise me thank you so much
It is mandatory that you should be offered your day off. If you are having problems with leaving an employer get in contact with your embassy.
There is also advice on our forums;
HTH EW Admin
Hi, I'm interviewing maids/drivers at the moment and a number of them say they are on their husband's visas. Is it legal for me to employ them? What process would I have to go through? Thanks in advance.
You cannot employer her on her husbands visa as it is illegal. You need to become her sponsor and provide her with her own visa.
This page has information on the process:
Hi admin ! I'm hiring a Maid from Sri- Lanka( already living inDubai), is it up to me to decide whether I should to give her a 1year or 2 years contract. Will the contract be automatically provided during the visa process or I need to obtain it separately from Sri-Lankan consulate.
Thanks in advance.
The contract is included in the Visa process. It forms part of the fee you pay to the DNRD. For more information on this procedure check out this page:
I have work for one year with my employer. Am from cameroon and I want to renew my visa but since my employer paid the money my visa is not yet out. I want to ask if there is any problem with cameroonians having their visa renew
Thanks desperate for an answer
hi admin pls i need advice,im working in my boss family as a nanny and a housemaid for 6yrs and my contract will be finish in april 2016 im planing not to renew so i talk to my boss about my graduaty or lenght of service but they told me they will not gave me a graduaty pls advice me admin tnx
If you have any questions about your visa and home country then get in contact with your Embassy.
HTH EW Admin
Hi dijin3425, You might be able to find more useful information on this page:
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Good PM to all.....I have a visa that expired last june 15 2015. I am working on thesame family for 3 yrs as a house lady driver and for this last contract i did not wish to renew my visa. My problem now is my madam and her family is going out of the country with her family. She booked me a ticket back home dated june 23 and noww she told me that she is not going to give me my passport until the day of my flight that she gave it to some PRO who will meet me at the airport. Can somebody help me.
Hello Leugim Airam, You do have a grace period after your visa expires. Just double check that you employer is canceling your visa as well. You can find more information on the Dubai government website:
HTH EW Admin
hi everyone im about to leave my country tomorrow and work as a cook in abudhabi. im scared because its gonna be my first time leaving the country. ill be working for a family for about 2years. just need someone to boost my moral. specially for those people who has an experience. i just want to know the pros and cons just for me know what would i expect from there.. thank you.
Hi Diyonne, Welcome. There is lots of information about Abu Dhabi here: http://www.expatwoman.com/abudhabi/
It can be scary but many have done this before and have enjoyed there time in Abu Dhabi. Come along to one of our coffee mornings to meet woman who are also expats in Abu Dhabi. HTH EW Admin
Im a bit confused and Worried My Mom came in UAE last April and been hired as a Housemaid to a Mexican Family, Now they have decided to go back to their home country. They told My Mother that they will transfer it to another Employer, My mom just want to go back home to our Homecountry but the Employer wish to reimbursed the expenses they spent. Is this ok Admin? Thank you
Hi Juana, You mother has the right to leave when she wishes. She just needs to make sure she fulfills her notice period. If she is having any problems with regards to the visa then she should contact her local embassy. HTH EW Admin
Hello admin I just want to ask a few question plss help,I'm working with the same sponsor for 5yrs.now we agreed and talk that I will not renew my visa again with them and they agreed that they will give me a released then suddenly when I ask about the day when they will cancel me they told me they won't release me unless I will pay them 8,000dhs..I know this is not right as I worked with them for quiet a long time now,plsss...admin what should I do?thanks and need your help
Hi Bhelle Sortido, If your employer is trying to charge you cancellation fees and you have been working for them over 2 years then this is not your responsibility. You can contact the Ministry of Labour:
or contact your local embassy for more assistance. HTH EW Admin
HI admin,im faith and i have a friend that id like to help.shes finishing her contract ds oct,then she decided to look for new employer after she finish the problem is her employer doesnt want to release her and told her dat they will send her back to phil.and band her here in dubai,pls help i need to know if she can go and find new employer instead,,,
Hi Faith, depending on your friends circumstances she can chose to find a new employer. The new employer will have to provide a new visa for her. She can even look for new jobs in our classified section of the website: http://www.expatwoman.com/dubai/monthly_classifieds.aspx
You can also check out the local goverment webiste for more information:
HTH EW Admin
Hi admin please help me i want to go back home my contract will finish nxtmonth august 8,2015 but my madam do nit want me to go home she said she will arranged a new vesa for me and give money for ticket instead of returning home can they take a new vesa even if i do not wish to work here for a new contract? Please i need your advice my agency was not responding my question thank u
Hi Mizaki Yuwi, It is up to you if you wish to return home. You do need to be aware that there could be financial cost to cancelling your visa. You need to discuss this with your agency and employer. For more information check out the government website: http://www.dubai.ae/en/Lists/HowToGuide/DispForm.aspx?ID=45 HTH EW Admin
Hello good evening all.
I came back with a new contract last January this year.
Ever since in my first two years my madam is not really treating me well. My question is can I resign or ask them to terminate or cancel my visa and quit my job and will look for another job here in UAE if they will cancel it?
Hi Miraluz Ig-agao Alejaga, You can choose to terminate your contract. This means your residency visa will need to be cancelled. If you wish to find a new employer then they will need to provide a new visa.You can contact the Ministry of Labour: http://www.mol.gov.ae/newmolgateway/english/newindex.aspx?centersrc=contactus or your local embassy for more assistance. HTH EW Admin
please help me.. admin
Hi Otlaetnom Cruz Dela Zhadan, How can we help? EW Admin
hi admin a just ask a few 1question,i did not sign any contract here in uae and i like a release paper so that i can work to other families..but the agency demand i need to pay my sponsor pay to them i already work 5 months now,all house work and baby settir also and also clean the house of my madam family no rest day and working more than 12 hours..shoud i need to pay all?eventhou i did not sign any contract.please help me im a first timer.
Hi Otlaetnom Cruz Dela Zhadan, First of all according to the labour law you are entitled to one day of a week. You seem to have quite a few issues, no contract which you need, and also if you work for an agency then itis different rather than having the household you work for sponsoring you. I would suggest you look at the government website: http://www.dubai.ae/en/Lists/Articles/DispForm.aspx?ID=21&category=Citizens Or visit your local embassy. HTH EW Admin
even in the country where i live i did not sign any contract and my agency is abusing my rights and the agency told me if i will not work with my sponsor they will give me to very bad sponsor or i will working to the agency 2 years no salary until my family release me is that proper.i did not also under go any tesda and owwa in the phil.
Hi Otlaetnom Cruz Dela Zhadan, It is up to you when you wish to return to your home country/leave your job. I would strongly recommend you get in touch with your local embassy to help you further. HTH EW Admin
hi good evening .i work 1.5 month for my new employer (expat) i got my medical but still no visa stamp on my passport as they using the probitionary pink visa .now i want to move out from them as im not happy the way they treat me.is there any problem will arise on my transfer?..thanks admin.
hi admin! I have a query with regards to this end of contract 1month pay "holiday-pay" and return ticket to home country.
I've been working for one sponsor for almost seven years straight without going home for vacation. For the past three contracts that I have finished, I only encash the airfare tickets and NOT take the holiday-pay.In my current contract now,I already told my sponsor that I'm not going to renew anymore.
Am I in the right position to demand and take ALL my holiday-pay? thanks!
Hi i just want to ask this, I'm a housemaid and a nanny in my expat employer here in UAE. And i want only 1year to work with them because little salary also.only 1k dirhams per month, now my question is if i go home this year can my expat employer paid my airplane ticket??? Please answer and help me about what's my right as an expat employee. My employer is all iraqi husband and wife. Please please please... Give me info about this issue, thanks Ann.
Hi gen41, Visa labour laws vary depending on the area you work in. For more help you can contact the Ministry of Labour on this toll free number 800-665. HTH EW Admin
Hi grace baldenero, you situation is not quite clear, But is sounds like it is not possible for you to demand this. Please contact the Ministry of Labour on their toll free number 800-665. HTH EW Admin
Hi Ann Lingco, airplane tickets are dependent on the contract your employer offered. It is not a legal requirement to provide employees with an airfare home. For more information please contact the Ministry of Labour on the toll free number 800-665. HTH EW Admin
Hi admin..my visa will end aug25 ,2015 and I want to look for another job here in Uae as caregiver o jobs,that suits to me.But I was worried that my employer now will not give my cancellation paper.Do I have the right to take my cancelation paper so I can easily find another job.Please help thanks
Hi pinaycaregiver29, If you wish to find a new job your new employer will have to provide a new visa for you. For more information please contact the Ministry of Labour Toll free on 800665. HTH EW Admin
Hi all, I am looking to hire a maid/ nanny and found an agency who can provide live in staff under their sponsorship. I simply have a contract with the agency. Is this legal? I am new to Dubai so I am nervous about sponsoring a live in directly. TIA
Hi bgirldubai,This can be done, you just need to make sure that the maid has the right contract with the agency as-well. Please call the Ministry of Labour toll free on 800 665 for further advice. HTH EW Admin
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