Renewing A Residence Visa - Maid

A maid’s residence visa must be renewed each year either in person, or online. As the sponsor, it is your responsibility to organise and pay for the renewal procedure (from Dhs.6,000-7,000). 


  • Sponsor must still have a minimum salary of Dhs.10,000.
  • Sponsor’s accommodation must still have at least two bedrooms.
  • If sponsor delays renewal, then a fine will be imposed after 30 days from the date of expiry.
  • Maid passes a new medical test. 
What to bring
  • Maid’s passport with residence visa.
  • Maid’s Resident ID (this will need to be renewed annually in line with the visa).
  • Passport-sized photos of both applicant and sponsor (three).
  • Passport and residence visa of sponsor (copy).
  • Sponsor’s employment contract (attested) showing salary.
  • Tenancy agreement attested through Ejari, the online system of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA).
  • Electricity and water bill (DEWA) in name of applicant (copy).
  • Maid’s labour contract stating salary (signed by both).
  • Maid’s medical certificate (the test must be repeated annually).
  • Dhs.220 typed application fee
  • Dhs.5,080 resident visa fee
  • Dhs.10 Empost courier charge
  • Proof you paid the Dhs.2,030 refundable deposit in previous visa application.


  • General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).
  • Complete the renewal application form at any typing centre.
  • Submit all required documents to the GDRFA, with fees.
  • You will be asked for the salary of maid, which will be entered into the updated labour contract.
  • An updated labour contract (three copies) will be issued together with the maid visa.
  • Labour contract must be signed by both the sponsor and maid, and copies given to the sponsor.
  • Another residence stamp (valid for one year) will be put in your maid’s passport.
  • Maid’s passport with renewed residence visa, along with their labour card, will be couriered to the sponsor/maid by Empost (allow five days).

NOTE: Your deposit will be refunded when your maid permanently leaves the country or her visa is transferred to another sponsor. Keep the receipt, as you can use this to claim a refund or show it to the residency officer as proof of deposit (at each time of renewal).

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