Can a domestic helper move with their employer to come work in Hong Kong directly without going back to the Philippines?
Normally, when a Filipino domestic helper is moving from one country to another for work, she has to first return to the Philippines, so that her status can be properly documented with the Phillipine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
With the impact of COVID-19, Filipino domestic helpers are being allowed to transfer with the same employer to work in Hong Kong, without having to return to the Philippines. Employers who are moving to Hong Kong can start the visa application after they have an activated working visa upon entry and with a document proving a permanent address. Before the signing of the contract, employers should provide either photos or a written description of the domestic helper’s accommodation. Read more about documents needed for hiring a domestic helper.
If the domestic helper is changing employers as they move to a new country for work, they will need to return to the Philippines first.
This arrangement is subject to change by Hong Kong Immigration and the Philippines authorities. There is a chance your worker may need to return to her place of origin to start the process as an overseas applicant upon the decision of Immigration and the Philippines authorities.
Fair Agency can help you and your domestic helper as you move to Hong Kong. Please reach out to learn more about our Direct Hire service.
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Last updated on January 15th, 2021