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Kuwait Guide | Housemaids Sponsorship

Kuwait Guide | Housemaids Sponsorship


Sponsoring a Maid in Kuwait

Many families employ a maid to help with household duties either on a full or part time basis. The process is quite straight forward and involves the worker having the appropriate visa and sponsor which allows them to work as a domestic helper.

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Expat families residing in Kuwait may sponsor one full-time domestic employee. In order for a man to sponsor a maid, he must have his wife and children living with him.

Maids must be aged between 20 and 50 and the following documentation is required at the Immigration Office in Shuwaikh along with the application which must be typed in Arabic. (This can be done by a bi-lingual typist for a small fee of 500 fils):

• Copy of sponsor's passport and Civil ID
• Copy of wife's passport and Civil ID
• Copies of children's passports
• Sponsor's salary certificate
• Sponsor's rental agreement
• Copy of domestic worker's passport plus 8 photos (sized 35-40mm x 45-50mm)
• Copy of domestic workers contract

The domestic worker must go through the standard procedures to get a Residency Permit which costs approximately 200KD initially and 10KD annual fee per year thereafter. You will also need to check with the domestic worker's embassy in Kuwait about additional formalities they are required to undergo.

Again the best way to streamline the whole residency process is to use a 'mandoub' who will undoubtedly know the best way to circumvent any difficulties should they arise!

Finding a maid
There are many employment agencies which import domestic labour in Kuwait, but word of mouth is a great way of finding domestic help. School notice boards, local expat women and the maids themselves may know of potential candidates looking for work.


It is a good idea to ask around to decide what would be a fair salary for the work and hours you want. A suggestion is 1.5 to 2KD per hour for a part timer and 100 to 150KD per month for a live-in helper. You may also want to give an annual pay rise or bonus for a full timer or offer to pay transport costs for a part timer.

Under Kuwaiti law, maids are entitled to one day off at weekends as well as national holidays. You may also want to pay for an annual trip for them to return home- the price of which can be shared among employers if the maid is working part- time.


As the Government hospitals offer free health care for everyone with a Civil ID, you are not legally responsible for the health care of your domestic help.

Transferring Sponsorship
If the maid has been legally resident in Kuwait for a minmum of 2 years, it is easy to transfer sponsorship if the current sponsor agrees to 'release' the employee. The simple procedure costs around 200KD and this cost can be shared if the maid is going to be working for more than one employer.

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