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If a British citizen lives in the UK permanently and wants to bring a domestic worker from a non-EEA country to live in their house and provide cleaning/personal care, what application(s) can be made to facilitate this?

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Produced in partnership with Gary McIndoe of Latitude Law
Published on LexisPSL on 30/06/2017

The following Immigration Q&A produced in partnership with Gary McIndoe of Latitude Law provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • If a British citizen lives in the UK permanently and wants to bring a domestic worker from a non-EEA country to live in their house and provide cleaning/personal care, what application(s) can be made to facilitate this?

A non-EEA national can obtain entry clearance for a period of up to six months, in order for them to reside in the UK at the home of a British citizen employer and provide cleaning/personal care, but only if certain requirements are met. The proposed domestic worker must meet the requirements for entry clearance as set out in paragraph 159A of Part 5 of the Immigration Rules, although they may be permitted to submit an in-country application on form FLR(IR) if they already hold leave as a domestic worker. Furthermore, an in-country application can only be pursued to enable the domestic worker to reside in the UK for a maximum period of 6 months; since 6 April 2012, domestic workers seeking to travel to the UK under this category of the Immigration Rules can only reside in the UK for a maximum period of six months. Unlike the pre-6 April 2012 Immigration Rules, domestic workers who seek entry clearance after 6 April 2012 are no longer able to apply for indefinite leave to remain; the route no longer leads to s

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