Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Foreign maids must go home after 10 years

Foreign maids who have worked continuously for 10 years in the country are required to return to their home country for six months before they can re-apply for a work permit.

Home Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Mahmood Adam said the six-month period was necessary to “break” the maids’ stay as those who worked continuously would be eligible
to apply for permanent resident status after 10 years.

He said this was a normal practice that was not restricted to maids, but also other foreign workers. “However, those who want to appeal for a shorter period can do so.”

Mahmood said there would be no problem in a healthy maid getting a new work permit if she was aged not below 21 and not over 45.

Those who have committed an offence may not get their new permits. By Masami Mustaza

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