TYPES OF ENTRY REQUIREMENTS INTO MALAYSIA

ENTRY INTO MALAYSIA FOR FOREIGNERS
  • Passport or Travel Document - must be an internationally recognised document and valid for at least six months from the date of entry into Malaysia

  • Visa Requirement -
    For nationals of USA, no Visa is required for social, business or academic visits (except for employment).

    For nationals of Israel, Visas are required and prior permission must be obtained from Malaysia’s Ministry of Home Affairs.

    For nationals of Republic of Serbia and Republic of Montenegro, Visas without prior permission are required.

  • Foreigners who visit Malaysia must obtain the pass at the point of entry besides the above mentioned Visas which allow him/her to stay temporarily in Malaysia;-

    Types of Passes given to foreign visitors upon arrival are as follows:-
    Visit Pass (Social) Short Term, Visit Pass (Social) Long Term, Visit Pass (Temporary Employment), Employment Pass, Visit Pass (Professional), Dependant Pass, Student’s Pass.
PERSONNEL – EMPLOYMENT OF EXPATRIATES
Where there is shortage of trained Malaysians, companies are allowed to bring in expatriate personnel, i.e. ‘key post’ (permanently filled) or ‘time post’ (specified time).

Key Post:
High level managerial posts in foreign-owned private companies/firms operating in Malaysia.

Time Post:
Executive Post - Intermediate level of managerial and professional post that require professional qualifications, practical experience, skills and expertise related to the respective jobs.

Non-Executive Post:
For technical jobs that require specific technical or practical skills and experience.

APPLYING FOR EXPATRIATE POSTS
All applications from new and existing companies in the manufacturing and related service sectors, including companies required to obtain manufacturing licences as well as those exempted, should be submitted to MIDA.

For further information on immigration procedures, please visit www.imi.gov.my

LABOUR – EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN WORKERS
Foreign workers can be employed in the manufacturing, construction, plantation, agriculture, services and domestic help sectors.

Approval is based on the merits of each case and subject to conditions that will be determined from time to time. Applications will only be considered when efforts to find qualified local citizens and permanent residents have failed.

All applications should be submitted to the One Stop Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs.

Applications for foreign domestic helpers should be submitted to Malaysia’s Immigration Department.