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What are the ‘permitted work activities’ under a domestic work visa?

Permitted work activities

Under Hong Kong law, those holding a Foreign Domestic Worker visa can only be employed for one specified household at one specified address. They can only be employed to perform duties that fall under the categories of:

  • household chores
  • cooking
  • babysitting
  • child-minding
  • caring for elderly persons within the household

Any other work that is not incidental to and arising from these tasks for the specified household is not permitted.

Part-time work

It is not legal for a migrant domestic helper to take up additional part-time work in another household, even if they are given permission to by their employer.

This includes situations where both properties belong to the one employer. This carries the risk of heavy fines and imprisonment for both the domestic helper and the employer. 

Here is our brief Guide on Hiring a Part-time Worker. Please keep in mind this guide is for reference only and details may not be up-to-date. Please contact the businesses directly.

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Last updated on October 18th, 2018
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