If you are planning to hire a maid on local transfer, the processing fee is usually around $1,500 (all mentioned amounts are in the local currency). In some countries like Qatar, the maid has to take a blood type test and medical check-up upon arrival, which costs $200. You will need to buy your maid a personal insurance as well. The personal insurance is about $180.
To process paperwork for a direct hire maid from her home country or one without transfer approval from her current employer, you must make use of an employment agency. The agency fees range from $10,000 to $15,000.