The estimated visa processing time varies depending on the helper's location, nationality and contract status.
For helper visa processing in Hong Kong, it usually takes:
- 4-6 weeks for finished contract helpers
- 8-12 weeks for helpers with ‘break’ and ‘terminated’ contract status
- 10-12 weeks for overseas hire (when the helper is not working in Hong Kong)
In Singapore, if you apply the work permit for your helper-to-be online, the processing usually takes within 1 week. If you apply physically, it takes about 3 weeks for most cases.
In Middle Eastern countries, if you hire a maid on local transfer, usually a new visa is issued within 1-5 days, while it takes 3-6 weeks if you hire a maid through direct hire or agency.