The UK immigration rules initiated this type of visa (DOMESTIC WORKERS IN PRIVATE HOUSEHOLDS) on 18 September 2002.
According to the rules, as provided in a UK government website, the applicants for the DOMESTIC WORKERS IN PRIVATE HOUSEHOLDS can do the following:
- Accompany their employer to the UK and receive leave for a maximum of 12 months at a time
- Change employers in the UK provided they continued to be employed as a domestic worker and meet the other requirements of the route
- Become eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain when they had completed 5 years continuous lawful residence
Also, the rules were changed as to the status of the employer of the applicant. According to the new rule, “Changes made to the Immigration Rules on 6 April 2012 limit entry in this capacity to established domestic workers WHO ACCOMPANY THEIR EMPLOYER VISITING THE UK.”
This means that aside from the six months limit of stay in the UK, the intent of the employer of the applicant for the DOMESTIC WORKERS IN PRIVATE HOUSEHOLDS should only be to VISIT the UK.
ECO-Friendly, however, would like to stress that this new rule is applicable only to applicants who entered the UK before 6 April 2012.
For those who entered before 6 April 2012, “they can still extend their leave” and still “…are eligible for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after they have completed 5 years, providing they meet the full requirements of the rules when they apply.”
For more information on how to apply for the DOMESTIC WORKERS IN PRIVATE HOUSEHOLDS, please visit the UK government website.
For information about the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa and other UK Settlement Visa, please view previous blogs.
Also, wait for future blogs regarding the UK Spouse Visa, UK Fiancée Visa and other UK Settlement Visa.
More from ECO-Friendly in the future.