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Petition Reinstate the pre-2012 Overseas Domestic Worker visa with a route to settlement

We want the Government to reinstate the pre-2012 Overseas Domestic Worker visa in order to enable migrant domestic workers to renew their visas (which are currently capped at 6 months) and to ensure there is a route to settlement (also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain).

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Migrant domestic workers' visas are capped at six months and there is no way for them to renew them, leading many MDWs become undocumented after six months has elapsed. MDWs are already at a greater risk of experiencing forced labour and abuse, which only increases among those that are undocumented. The ability to renew the visa with a route to settlement will enable MDWs to seek support if their employer is abusive, and will enable them to continue to contribute to society.

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