Maid visa costs hit expats

Confusion prevails over the cost of sponsoring housemaids in Abu Dhabi after many applications were rejected in recent days.

Several visa applications were rejected in the last two weeks because we had mentioned the maid?s salary as Dh400. Authorities insist applications must state the minimum prescribed salary of the maid.

In some cases, residents said they were asked to pay Dh14,000 instead of the present Dh5,000 in residency visa application fees.

Many countries like Philippines, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have set minimum wage benchmarks for housemaids from their countries working abroad. The minimum salary for maids from Philippines is Dh1,400, India 1,100, Sri Lanka Dh825 and Indonesia Dh800.