Domestic Workers in a Private Household visa

6. Domestic workers who applied before 5 April 2012

Different rules apply to you if you’re a domestic worker who applied for entry to the UK on or before 5 April 2012.

You can:

  • extend your stay in the UK every 12 months
  • apply to settle permanently in the UK after 5 years
  • bring your partner and children under 18
  • move to a similar job in the UK

How long you can stay

You can apply to extend your visa for 12 months at a time.

If you’ve worked in the UK as a domestic worker for 5 years you can apply to settle permanently in the UK.

You should apply before your current permission to stay expires.

Eligibility

To extend your visa you must:

  • be a domestic worker in a private household
  • have applied for your domestic worker visa on or before 5 April 2012
  • apply while you’re still in the UK

To settle in the UK as a domestic worker you must:

  • have applied for your domestic worker visa on or before 5 April 2012
  • have been living here legally for at least 5 years
  • currently have permission to stay here as a domestic worker
  • have been in the UK as a full-time domestic worker continuously throughout the 5 years (you can’t have been outside the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 consecutive months)
  • have maintained and accommodated yourself and any dependants without the use of public funds throughout the 5 years
  • have sufficient knowledge of English and life in the UK

Documents you’ll need

To extend your visa you must provide both of the following:

To settle in the UK you must provide:

  • a letter from your employer confirming that they want to continue to employ you
  • evidence that you can satisfy the English language and knowledge of life criteria
  • a letter from your employer detailing any absences and annual leave you’ve had over the entire 5 years you’ve worked for them

If you’ve had any absences because of serious illness, births or deaths in your family, or had to leave the UK, you also need to write a letter detailing these. You should also include any related supporting documents with your letter, for example medical certificates, birth/death certificates, information about why you had to leave the UK.

How to extend your visa

Within the UK you can either:

You can include your dependants (partner and children aged under 18) on your application.

If you have any dependant children aged over 18 they will need to apply on a separate form.

How to apply to settle

Within the UK you can either:

You can include your dependants (partner and children aged under 18) on your application. Your partner must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English and life in the UK.

If you have any dependant children aged over 18 they will need to apply using a separate form.

How long it takes

A decision will be made:

  • within 8 weeks for postal applications
  • usually on the same day if you use the premium service

You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example:

  • if your supporting documents need to be verified
  • if you need to attend an interview
  • because of your personal circumstances, for example you have a criminal conviction

Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.

Fees

How much you pay depends on your situation, how you apply and what you’re applying for.

Who you’re applying for Extend by post Extend in person (premium service) Settle by post Settle in person (premium service)
You £993 £1,811 £2,297 £2,875
Your partner or child under 18 applying at the same time as you £993 each person £1,811 each person £2,297 each person £2,875 each person
Your partner or child under 18 applying later, or child over 18 £993 each person £1,811 each person £2,297 each person £2,875 each person