How to apply for a Housemaid visa in Saudi Arabia?

The cost of employing maids on jobs on an hourly basis is very high due to which people prefer applying for a housemaid or khadama visa in Saudi Arabia. 

Requirements

  1. Suitable Iqama

An expat is allowed to apply for a housemaid or Khadama visa in Saudi Arabia if his Iqama is suitable.

Definition of suitable Iqama is full of conflicts since there is no list available at any government website detailing about the professions who are eligible to hire housemaids in Saudi Arabia.

There is no need to have any suitable Iqama for the Saudi national. 

  1. Applicant must be married

The applicant of the housemaid or Khadama visa must be married if he is a male. There is no condition for marriage for a woman.

  1. Salary/Bank Balance Requirement

One Saudi family is entitled to 5 domestic visas while expatriate families and Saudis married to expatriates are allowed to have 2 domestic visas.

In order to obtain the first housemaid visa,

  • Minimum Salary: SR 10,000/month.
  • Minimum Bank Balance: SR 35,000.

In order to obtain the second khadama visa,

  • Minimum Salary: SR 18,000/month.
  • Minimum Bank Balance: SR 120,000.

In order to obtain the 3rd and 4th khadama visa,

  • Minimum Salary: SR 30,000/month.
  • Minimum Bank Balance: SR 250,000.

In order to obtain the 3rd and 4th khadama visa,

  • Minimum Salary: SR 30,000/month.
  • Minimum Bank Balance: SR 250,000.

In order to obtain a 5th housemaid visa, you must have a minimum bank balance of SR 500,000 kept for at least 6 months. Source: Arab News

Apply for a Housemaid visa

There many agencies in Saudi Arabia providing services arranging visas of housemaid jobs from different countries. In order to apply for a housemaid or khadama visa in Saudi Arabia, you must have to contact one of those agencies.

  1. Agencies providing Housemaids

I don’t have any comprehensive list of agencies providing such services in Saudi Arabia but you can get to know about it from your personal contacts. However, self-prepared list of some companies in the region of Dammam, Jubail, and Yanbu is given in this link.

  1. Required documents

After successful submission of the required documents, the office will confirm the visa at the same time. Following documents need to be attached with the application form;

  • Introduction letter.
  • A statement in a blank paper stating the need to have a housemaid.
  • Iqama Copy
  • Copy of the Passport
  • Two Photos
  • Bank Statement of 6 months
  1. Cost of the Maid Visa

When permission from Maktab Al-Istiqdam has been received to apply for a maid visa in Saudi Arabia, you need to pay a cost of SR 2,300. The total cost with agency fee and ticket reaches around SR 10,000.

  1. Domestic Workers’ Laws

Please keep in mind that there are laws regarding domestic workers and one should read them before applying for the housemaid in Saudi Arabia.

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