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Domestic Helper


If your longer stay, counting the nights, will be in Switzerland, you can apply in our Centre with all the relevant Documents listed in the Website.

Each Applicant must have single sets of Documents and a single slot Appointment.

Every applicant, including children/ infants, has to submit his/her Schengen visa application in person and by appointment only on their appointment date, which needs to be booked online (click Schedule an Appointment) by the applicant.

The Employer has to also provide the Declaration Form for Domestic Helper (see here)

For Non EU citizens who are not sure whether a Schengen visa is required to travel to the Schengen Area, please click Do I need a visa? to find out.

Applicants, who intend to travel purely for tourist purposes, i.e. visiting for leisure, recreation or sightseeing, and provide for their own accommodation (hotel, hostel, B&B, camping,) need to apply as Tourist.


Applicant must at least meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit a Schengen visa application:

  1. holding a valid passport/travel document
  2. holding a valid residence status in Singapore . In case applicant holds a short stay visa for Singapore, applicant needs to apply for a Schengen visa from his/ her country of residence.
  3. applying for a short stay visa: Tourist, Visitor, Business, EEA/ EU and Swiss national family member, Domestic Helper or Airport Transit.

Visa Fees

Visa Category Visa fee (in SGD) VFS Service fee (in SGD)
Tourism,Visitor/Business, Domestic Helper 130.00 40.00
Nationals of countries with a visa facilitation agreement with the European Union: Albania, Bosnia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine 58.00 40.00

The Swiss Government has decided to temporarily increase the service fee for Visa applications in Visa Application Centers (VAC) of External Service Providers (ESP) due to supplementary expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicable visa fee, in Singapore Dollars (SGD) is as per the current exchange rate and may be subject to change without notice.

Please click here for list of applicants with visa fee exemption.

VFS service fee (inclusive of GST) is charged per visa application in addition to the applicable visa fee.

All fees can be paid by cash, Credit or Debit cards.

Cheque payments and direct bank transfers are not accepted.

All fees are non-refundable.

Documents Required

The list of documents for Domestic Helper (click here) is not an exhaustive list of documents and the applicant can always be asked to provide additional information/ documents if desired by the Embassy.

To ease the application process, it is recommended that the employer accompanies the domestic helper to the appointment at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre. The Employer must provide the Declaration Form for Domestic Helper (click here)

Applicants always have to bring and present their recent, i.e. not older than 1 month original documents, but they only need to submit photocopies of the same; unless the requirements specify that an original document has to be submitted.

Documents/ letters that have been scanned, printed or photocopied should be signed to be deemed as an original document/ letter. Signatures cannot be digital, scanned or photocopied.

Before gathering the required documents mentioned below, applicants are advised to read the requirements under Overview (click here) in order to ensure they are entitled to apply for the chosen visa category.

Extended passport may still be valid, but when the passport is older than 10 years on the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area, the passport is no longer acceptable. In that case applicant first needs to apply for a new passport.

Photo Specifications

Please click here for photo Specifications

Please provide 2 recent color photographs (not more than 6 months old) of yourself, meeting the following requirements:

  • Taken against a light (white or off-white) background so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
  • Clear quality and with the face in focus
  • Full face: non-smiling, no sunglasses, no hat/cap or any head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of his/her religious belief or ethnic background
  • Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print)
  • Photograph attached (paper clipped) to the Visa Application Form

If the photographs presented do not meet these requirements (see examples here), then the visa application will be considered incomplete and applicant will be asked to take new photographs in the photo booth in the visa application Centre.

Processing Time

Every applicant can submit his/her Schengen visa application up to 6 months before the intended travel date to the Schengen Area.

The minimum processing time for a visa application is 4 working days, but applicants are advised to leave at least 15 days between the appointment date and travel date as some applications/nationalities take longer for the Embassy to process. No guarantees can be given on the visa application’s return date as delays may occur, e.g. because of missing documents.

In order to avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is paramount that the visa application is complete and its documents submitted as per the Embassy requirements (click Documents required for the different visa categories).

Applicants also need to be aware that, especially during the busy season (April to July) the appointments (click Schedule an Appointment) are being booked very quickly as the Embassy only processes a fixed amount of visa applications on a daily basis.

Furthermore applicants need to consider that VFS/ Embassy closures and holidays (click Public Holidays/ Closures) may extend the visa application processing time.

Therefore VFS recommends all applicants:

  1. to book their appointment as soon as they know they will be travelling
  2. to ensure that their visa application documentation meets the Embassy’s requirement
  3. to leave enough processing time for the Embassy

The Embassy may always request for additional information/documents or invite applicants for an interview during the visa application process and this may cause delays in the visa process, which applicants accept responsibility for.

Download Forms

Kindly click here to download your Application Form for Domestic Helper Visa.

The Employer must come in person and has to also provide the Declaration Form for Domestic Helper (click here)