Malaysia: Companies must submit 2017 Employment Pass and Professional Visit Pass projections

Companies registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) who plan to submit Professional Visit Pass (PVP) applications in 2017 are required to submit projections for the number of foreign nationals they wish to sponsor under PVPs. ESD introduced the requirement on December 5, 2016.

PVP applications filed in 2016 are exempt from this requirement.

Malaysia: Oil and gas Work Pass applications in Sabah subject to new pre-approval process

Effective immediately, companies operating in the oil and gas sector must obtain preapproval from the Sabah Chief Minister’s Department (JKM) before being able to submit new or renewal Work Pass applications to the Sabah Immigration Department. The application for preapproval from JKM is expected to take approximately four weeks to adjudicate from the date of submission.

Malaysia: Expatriate Services Division guidelines revised

The Expatriate Service Division (ESD) has recently announced a series of new requirements for Employment Pass (EP) applications and Professional Visit Pass (PVP) applications and related filings, effective immediately.

Malaysia: Job advertisement exemptions eliminated

Effective immediately, employees holding specialist or rotational positions are no longer eligible for an exemption from the job advertisement requirement for Employment Pass (EP) applications filed at the Central Immigration Department of Kuching, Sarawak.

Therefore, employers filing any EP applications in Kuching, Sarawak, must post a job advertisement on the Malaysia government’s electronic portal.

Malaysia: New Employment Pass requirements expanded

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) recently announced that a series of new requirements for Employment Pass (EP) applications and related filings will be extended to employers within the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector on or after September 1, 2016.

Malaysia: Changes in multiple Employment Pass categories

A new set of regulations by the Expatriate Services Division of the Immigration Department will implement three major changes to several Employment Pass (EP) categories on or after August 1, 2016.

Malaysia: Employment Pass applicants to be subject to additional fees

MYXpats Centre will be introducing non-refundable application fees for Employment Pass, Dependant Pass and Social Visit Pass applications submitted through the Expatriates Service Division (ESD) portal on or after June 1, 2016.  Applicants must pay the non-refundable application fees online prior to application submission.

Malaysia: Hari Raya holiday closures

Due to the observance of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the eXpats Service Centre will be closed July 6 and July 7 and the front counter will be closed July 5 and July 8.

MSC-Malaysia status and ICT sector companies should follow the below guidelines to avoid further processing delays (applications filed after the below dates will be adjudicated after July 11):

Malaysia: New sponsorship program for international students

Employers registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) can now place eligible international students in certain short-term projects under a Social Visit Pass (SVP) through the SVP – International Students Mobility Program.

Qualifying Criteria

The SVP – International Students Mobility Program allows students pursuing a degree or equivalent certification from a recognized university or institution outside of Malaysia to participate in the following activities at a sponsoring company’s offices in Malaysia:

Malysia: Employers must submit 2016 Employment Pass projections

Employers registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) and the Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (MDeC) should submit their Employment Pass (EP) projections for 2016 as soon as possible, for both initial and renewal EP applications. 

Employers should note that:

  • There may be processing delays due to holiday closures and the expected high volume of projection applications.
  • All approved projection numbers granted in 2015 will no longer be valid in 2016, even if there are unused numbers left.