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Finished Contract: How do I process a domestic helper visa without an agency?

If you have already found a domestic helper you’d like to hire and she is leaving a finished contract, you can process the visa while the worker is in Hong Kong.

You do not need an agency to process a domestic helper with a finished contract. Although we do offer this service if you’re too busy to handle the paperwork yourself. Call us at 3568 6858, or see our Direct Hire page for more on this service.

STEP 1: Pick up & sign the contracts

Employers or domestic helpers can pick up the contracts and supporting information from Hong Kong Immigration. You don’t need an appointment for this.

You will be given four copies of the contract (one will stay at the Consulate (see step 2), one will stay with Immigration (see step 3) and the other copies are for the employer and domestic helper). All four copies should be signed by both the employer and domestic helper and should be completed identically. If there are any mistakes, sign next to the revision.

STEP 2: Notarise the contracts

Next, your domestic helper needs to submit all four copies of the employment contract to the Consulate of their native country for notarisation. There is a fee for this service and you should reimburse your domestic helper for this. For Filipino helpers, the process is as follows:

  • Go to the Philippines Consulate “Counter No.5 or No.9″(18F, Tower 1, Admiralty Centre), and fill out the OFW Information Sheet (this can be obtained from the guard at the Philippines Consulate)
  • Attach the completed OFW Information Sheet to the new Employment Contract with other supporting documents
  • Other supporting documents needed by the Consulate are photocopies of: employer’s HKID, and domestic helper’s HKID, passport, visa, previous contract
  • Give all the documents to the cashier with the exact amount of HK$80 as a processing fee and HK$196 OWWA membership fee (this fee should be covered by the employer). Make sure to keep the original receipt!
  • Bring HKID and original receipt with the exact amount of HK$200 as a picking up fee to 14F, United Center after 5 working days to collect the notarized contract

STEP 3: Get supporting documents together

After the contract has been notarised, you need to submit the following to Hong Kong Immigration:

  • One notarised copy of the contract
  • Employer and domestic helper’s immigration application forms (forms ID988B and ID988A)
  • Employer’s supporting documents, photocopies of:
    • HKID
    • Passport and visa (if not permanent resident),
    • Proof of address (a recent utility bill is best)
    • Proof of income (recent bank statements showing salary deposit of at least HK$15,000 for 3 months or total assets of more than HK$350,000)
    • Release letter for previous domestic helper (if applicable)
  • Domestic helper’s supporting documents, photocopies of:
    • HKID
    • Passport
    • Visa
    • Landing slip
    • Previous contract
    • Release letter from previous employer
  • For more on supporting documents, see our answer on: what documents do I need?

STEP 4: Submit documents to Hong Kong Immigration

Domestic helpers should submit the notarized contract and supporting documents to Hong Kong Immigration in one of the following ways:

  • Book an appointment online
  • Walk-in interview at Hong Kong Immigration Department (Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai) – if choosing this option we recommend the domestic helper arrives before 9am to secure a same day appointment

At the first appointment, a letter will be issued stating the visa release date and any further supporting documents needed (if any).

STEP 5: Processing & visa release

Domestic helpers should collect the visa on the visa release date, with:

  • Original passport
  • Letter from first appointment with Immigration
  • Visa fee as stated in the letter (either HK$190 or HK$380). Employers should reimburse domestic helpers for this fee.

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Last updated on March 9th, 2019
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