Transfering A Residence Visa - Maid

If your maid is transferring to a new job rather than returning to her home country, you are responsible for transferring the maid’s residence visa to the new sponsor. The maid’s visa may also be transferred from a UAE-resident family to a public sector job, to a new family sponsor and residence, or from an employer’s family to another.


  • The maid has a valid UAE residence visa, labour card and up-to-date sponsorship stamp.
  • New sponsor’s salary should not be less than Dhs.10,000.
  • New sponsor must meet the criteria as outlined by GDRFA.

See Applying for a residence visa (maid)

What to bring

  • Passport-sized photos of maid (two) 
  • New sponsor’s employment contract stating that their salary is over Dhs.10,000 (copy).
  • Current sponsor’s passport and Resident ID (original and copy)
  • New sponsor’s passport and Resident ID (original and copy)
  • Maid’s passport, Resident ID and labour card
  • Maid’s medical certificate (original and copy)
  • Maid’s former employment contract
  • General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
  • Complete residence visa transfer form at any typing centre; both the new and old sponsor must be present.
  • Submit all documents to GDRFA’s Residency section along with maid’s passport and labour card.
  • New sponsor must pay Dhs.5,080 to issue a new residence visa with sponsorship, plus a Dhs.2,030 security deposit.
  • Once maid’s sponsorship is cancelled/transferred, the refundable cash deposit of Dhs.2,030 is returned to the former sponsor.

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