At the eXpats Service Centre, we provide services to aid companies in the process of obtaining valid relevant passes for their Foreign Knowledge Workers (FKW)
In general, companies will go through three (3) pre-application processes prior to applying for the relevant FKW passes.
If companies are in the process of applying for MSC Status and waiting for approval, the application’s status can be checked from this online system - https://mdec.my/msc-malaysia
On the other hand, if companies are interested in a new MSC Status application, they can refer to this website https://mdec.my/msc-malaysia for further details.
1. To nominate an authorized person(s) on behalf of the company. Companies are discouraged to nominate third party agent.
2. To print and upload a signed copy of the Expatriate Service Agreement
3. To print and upload a signed copy of an Authorized Person Letter (“APL”) using company’s letterhead.
Companies will be notified via email on the next step of the application process
Please refer to the application process section for the next course of action.
FOREIGN KNOWLEDGE WORKERS
At the eXpats Service Centre, we define a “knowledge worker” as an individual who holds one or more of the following criteria:
- Holds a tertiary qualification from an institution of higher learning (in any field); or
- Holds a diploma in multimedia/ICT or another specialised ICT certification plus at least 2 years’ relevant experience in multimedia/ICT or an equivalent field; or
- Has held a professional, executive, management or technical work position in information technology (“IT”) enabled services (e.g. IT / IS Professionals, Finance / Accounting, Business Administration)
Special exemptions are given to foreign knowledge workers who do not meet the above criteria but are to be employed in the following:
- Global Business Services - foreign workers with knowledge-based skills that are not prevalent in Malaysia, but required by MSC Malaysia Status companies.
- Creative Content and Technologies - workers who are utilised for their creative talent to produce value-added creative work for MSC Malaysia Status companies
APPLICABLE PASSES FOR FKW ENTRANCE INTO MALAYSIA
Our eXpats Service Centre can only process and approve the following types of passes prior to submittal to the Immigration Department of Malaysia:
The Immigration Department of Malaysia will issue the Employment Pass upon the approval of employment positions by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in MSC Malaysia.
A foreign knowledge worker issued with the Employment Pass shall not, without the consent of Immigration Department of Malaysia, engage in any form of paid employment in any business or professional occupation in Malaysia other than the particular employment specified in the Employment Pass.
|EMPLOYMENT PASS||CATEGORY I||CATEGORY II||CATEGORY III|
|Applicant must earn a basic salary of minimum RM10,000 per month;
Applicant must have an employment contract valid for a minimum of 24 months and up to 60 months (subject to MDEC discretion).
|Applicant must earn a basic salary of minimum RM5,000 per month;
Applicant has an employment contract valid up to 24 months.
|Applicant earns a basic salary between RM3,000 to RM4,999;
Applicant’s employment contract must not exceed 12 months.
|EMPLOYMENT PASS||CATEGORY I||CATEGORY II||CATEGORY III|
|Allows the holder to be employed in West Malaysia by the hiring company||⁄||⁄||⁄|
|Spouse and children under 18 years old of Employment Pass holder are eligible for Dependent Pass.||⁄||⁄||⁄|
|Children over 18 years old and unmarried are eligible for Social Visit Pass (Long Term).||⁄||⁄||⁄|
|Parents / Parents-in-law are eligible for Social Visit Pass (Long Term).||⁄||⁄||⁄|
|Renewal of the pass can be considered, depending on the requirements.||⁄||⁄||⁄|
|Can be renewed for maximum two (2) times, subject to review.||⁄|
|Applicants to obtain a Visa with Reference for entry into the country (only applicable for countries requiring the visa)||⁄||⁄||⁄|
|It is mandatory for successful Employment Pass (Category III) applicants to obtain a Visa with Reference for entry into the country (only applicable for countries requiring the visa).||⁄|
Please refer to and download this Checklist for Employment Pass for all documentations required by MDEC and the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
|Legal spouse of Employment Pass holder;
Children below 18 years old of Employment Pass holder.
|Allows the holder to stay in West Malaysia.
Employment not allowed and requires conversion to Employment Pass.
For social and welfare purposes, the holder may request for special permission to undertake activities from the Immigration Department of Malaysia
Please refer to and download this Checklist for Dependant Pass for all documentations required by MDEC and the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
|Children of Employment Pass holder that above 18 years old– 25 years old, single, unemployed, not studying in Malaysia and under custodian of EP holder;
Common law spouse (only applicable to heterosexual relationship) of Employment Pass holder can be considered
Parents / Parents in Law
Adopted/Step Children of Employment Pass holder that above 18 years old – 25 years old, single, unemployed, not studying in Malaysia and under custodian of EP holder.
|Allows the holder to stay in the country|
Please refer to and download this Checklist for Social Visit Pass for all documentations required by MDEC and the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
|Children below 18 years old of Employment Pass holder||Allows the holder to stay and study in the country|
Please refer to and download this Checklist for Permission To Study for all documentations required by MDEC and the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
|SERVICES (NEW AND RENEWAL)||
MDEC’S CHARGES (PER APPLICANT)
|EMPLOYMENT PASS (EP)||RM2,120.00|
DEPENDANT PASS (DP)
SOCIAL VISIT PASS (SVP)
|AMENDMENT OF APPROVAL LETTER||RM106.00|
|SPECIAL PASS (SP), TRANSFER OF ENDORSEMENT (TOE), CANCELLATION OF PASSES||FREE OF CHARGE|
For rejected application, MDEC shall refund 75% of Expatriate Services Fees.