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Q  Hi Louise, My helper is asking me to investigate her getting an ID card in Dubai, she is from Sri Lanka but has been in the UAE for many years, I am her 3rd employer. She is also wanting me to get her a medical card so that she is able to go the clinic. I am not sure what needs to be done or where to apply for the following. One last thing are they also able to open a bank account in the UAE where I am able to put her salary into every month?

A Hi! Thanks for your question. Here are the answers that I hope will help you.
Maid can apply for ID card like anyone else.

The process consists of 3 steps:
Step 1. Pre-registartion at typing center (Original passport is required)
Step 2. Registration – eye scan, finger print and digital signature. (Original passport and bar coded application issued in the step 1. are required)
Step 3. ID card delivery/collection (Original passport and form issued in the step 2. are required for the collection)

Pre-registration needs to be completed through the authorized typing centers. Please see the list of authorized typing centers.

Once bar-coded application is typed in the step 1, an appointment will be given for the registration process. Housemaid should visit registration center on the day of registration appointment as the eye scan, finger print and digital signature will be taken.

ID card will be issued approx. 3 weeks to 2 months after the registration process.

Health Card can be obtained through Al Wasl Hospital, Dubai Hospital and Rashid Hospital.

Please see the requirements below:
1. Maid’s Passport copy with a copy of Residence permit stamp
2. Two passport size photos on a white background
3. Sponsor’s Passport copy with a copy of Residence permit stamp
4. Sponsor’s Tenancy Contract of the Sponsor

As far as the bank account I would recommend contacting Emirates Bank and RAK Bank as they have accounts that do not require a minimum balance.

For more information on hiring a maid you may read our recent article by clicking here.

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