Employers who wish to employ Helpers have to satisfy the following criteria:
The employer is financially capable of employing a Helper after her household expenditure has been deducted. In general, for every Helper to be employed, the employer must have a household income of no less than HK$15,000 per month or assets of comparable amount to support the employment of a Helper for the whole contractual period, such as fixed deposits/bank savings statements for the last 6 months (with an aggregated amount of no less than HK$350,000), etc. Hence, if an employer intends to hire two Helpers, he/she must have at least HKD30,000 monthly household income or comparable assets.
The Helper shall work and reside in the employer's residence. The Helper shall be provided with suitable accommodation and reasonable privacy.
Employers who apply to employ Helpers are required to pay an Employees Retraining Levy. (Employers are not required to pay the Employees Retraining Levy (levy) if the visas for the Helpers are granted by the Immigration Department between 1 August 2008 and 31 July 2013.)
Please note that the following documents are required for application:
- An original copy of the new standard Employment Contract (ID 407)
- Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad Form [ID988B]
- Copy of the employer's Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card/Hong Kong Identity Card. If the employer is not a Hong Kong permanent resident, please make a copy of the travel document showing the employer's personal particulars and the latest Hong Kong Immigration stamp
- Proof of the employer's financial position
- Proof of the employer's residential address as reported in the standard Employment Contract (ID 407), that is the latest demand for rates note or water/telephone/electricity etc. utility bills within the last 3 months (Original & Copy)
- Visa/Entry Permit Application Form [ID988A]
- Photocopy of the Helper's travel document
- 2 X passport size recent photo
- Testimonial of the Helper
If the application is approved, the employer will be notified by letter to collect the visa at the Immigration Department. The employer will be required to pay a visa fee of HK$160. Collection of levy is suspended for visas granted between 1 August 2008 and 31 July 2013.
This is for reference only. For further details, please surf the website of Immigration Department or contact us at 6332 1312