I am looking for some advice for my friend who currently resides in Singapore. She is repatriating to either UK or Ireland soon. Has a filipino nanny - are there are any restrictions in the UK in bringing her with them. What would she need to do there?
I'm not an expert, but I think your friend would have to apply for a work visa for her in the usual way. And, I hear -- though again I am not expert -- this can take 12 months in the UK. I don't know if there is a faster track for repatriating with an existing employee. Perhaps there is?
Just some advice for what it's worth. I agree with the other posts which say your friend can apply for a visa so working here for the family will be legal. Filipinas earn in London about £300-£350 net per 5/5.5 day week. However, when they come over "on a Singapore contract" they are usually earning considerably less. They then go to Church and meet other Filipinas and they discuss salaries. It's at this time that the lower paid Filipina mentally plans to leave the family. I interviewed a Filipina who asked me if I would pay her £400 per week net!!!!! I told her sweetly that her expectations were beyond me!! They are very aware of rates. Maybe your friend can offer a bonus at the end of two - three years if she is keen to keep her that long?
Same here - but mine is very well looked after so I know the others are jealous of her situation. My opinion - they are thousands of miles away from home - they deserve to be treated right and hope that I do and know I do
You can probably get more info from the Home Office website or your local British Embassy or Consulate. I think as well as having worked for you for a year, you have to have a proper contract with the nanny dated from the time she started working for you (don't quote me on this one, but a friend of mine who wanted to take her nanny back to UK fell down on this one as it was all done pretty informally).
I'm in Belgium, and a live-in Filipina nanny generally earns around 1000 euros a month here (net).
* have been working as a domestic worker in the same house as your employer for one year or more immediately before your application, and show evidence that there is a connection between you and your employer; and
* intend to travel to the UK with your employer, your employers husband or wife or your employers child who is under 18; and
* intend to work full-time as a domestic worker in the same house as your employer or in a household that the employer uses for himself regularly and where there is evidence that there is a connection between you and your employer; and
* not intend to take employment except as a domestic worker; and
* be able to support yourself and live, as certified by your employer, without any help from public funds; and
* have a valid United Kingdom visa for entry as a domestic worker
Well, all things in perspective - GPs here earn around GBP 30,000 per annum - less than half what they would get in UK. 1200 euros a month net is not bad by those standards, esp when you have no accommodation costs, food or bills. I certainly don't have that sort of money left as "fritter money" (my Financial Adviser's nauseating term) each month. And that is not just a low wage for Filipinas, it is the going rate for a nanny/childcarer, but if someone is on a WP and on a contract and living in, they don't have to pay tax and social security out of that, which a local person would have to.