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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. In this article, we shall be explaining the procedure to apply for a housemaid or khadama visa in Saudi Arabia.
In many cases, you need a maid on a temporary basis for which you don't need to apply for a housemaid or khadama visa in Saudi Arabia as you can easily employ someone on the job on an hourly cost basis. Recommended: How to hire maid service on an hourly basis?
Requirements to apply for a Housemaid or Khadama Visa
An expatriate 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.
People with the doctor, professors, and expatriate businessmen can apply for a housemaid or Khdama visa in Saudi Arabia. There must be some more professions which I don't know. There is no need to have any suitable Iqama for the Saudi national. Saudi national can apply for housemaids just because of his nationality.
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.
The Salary and 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, you must have a minimum salary of SR 10,000 per month and the bank balance of SR 35,000 kept for at least 6 months.
- In order to obtain a second housemaid visa, you must have a minimum salary of SR 18,000 per month and bank balance of SR 120,000 kept for at least 6 months.
- In order to obtain 3rd and 4th housemaid visa, you must have a minimum salary of SR 30,000 per month and bank balance of SR 250,000 kept for at least 6 months.
- 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
How to apply for a Housemaid or Khadama visa in Saudi Arabia?
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.
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.
The agency will guide you about the procedure apply for a housemaid or khadama visa in Saudi Arabia once you have contracted with them. I am providing this information to ease up the process. You will have to visit Maktab Al-Istiqdam and fill the form along with other requirements.
Required documents to apply for a housemaid visa
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 from the sponsor stating Iqama profession, the term of employment and salary of the employee
- 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
The Cost of the Maid Visa in Saudi Arabia
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. It takes around two weeks to issue a visa once the payment has been made.
Your agent will help you in making this payment. You should agree with the agent at the beginning about the responsibility of this amount. Generally, agencies pay this amount themselves and charge a lump sum amount from you.
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. Recommended: Rights of domestic workers in Saudi Arabia