Why should you have a driver at all? People hire drivers as they don’t get sufficient time themselves to complete every transportation requirement for the members of their family, be it children or elderly members who need the car to go somewhere. You, yourself may not be comfortable driving your car as it may be tedious and time-consuming and can also be dangerous due to rash driving in the city. To be safe, reach your destination, use travel time by working, and being relieved that children and elderly members in your family get the same service with a driver who is available for them, you can opt for hiring a foreign domestic driver.
Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) is the name given to the visa category for domestic workers who come to Hong Kong by the HK Immigration Department. Drivers are therefore hired to do household duties and also perform the task of a driver. Typically such requirements are fulfilled by male applicants but you can also find some reliable lady driver. However, the live-in requirement is included as an added facility. Let us look at a few salient points that an employer must be aware of, to recruit a foreign domestic driver.
The migrant driver who has the FDW visa is directly connected to household activities. The special permission for driving is given to them as long as the driving duties are connected to any of the main five domestic duties that are governed by the visa regulations. The five main duties are:
Drivers will not only drive their employers. They will also have to drive family members and children. They should only drive family-friendly cars with maximum of 8 seats, like saloons and minivans. Driving duties should also include trips to the school, visit doctors, and drives to markets and shopping centers. Drivers having the same visa type as domestic workers are eligible to a live-in facility at the residence of the employer. The employer should make sure to provide good security and privacy to both male and female workers in the live-in section of the residence.
It takes about 12-15 weeks for a driver application to process which is longer than the usual domestic helper. You must keep in mind that you will need to furnish a valid driving license of the driver along with the vehicle registration documents, insurance cover for the vehicle including cover for the driver, a supporting letter along with the ID934A application form filled in. The foreign domestic driver should be well covered in the insurance policy. Check with your insurance company the best policy for your driver to avoid any problem later. They can give you better and updated information on the type of Insurance required.
In order to convince and show the necessity for the hiring of a foreign domestic driver, it is important to be as convincing as possible and mentioning some points given below in your support letter. Enumerate various destinations and distances from home by describing the purpose of such trips. Like school & doctor visits, market and shopping centers. Mention the frequency of such trips on a weekly or daily basis. If getting local transport is difficult in your area, do not forget to mention it as well.
Once you are satisfied with his answers, go ahead and hire him. Bring back peace in your mind with a new family member! It is important to keep these details in mind to have a happy, helpful, and efficient driver within your household. We hope this information has been useful for you for your next hire.