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Malaysia

Whether your company is sending employees to Malaysia or expanding outside of Malaysia to destinations around the world—Fragomen is here to help. Our experienced Malaysia immigration professionals partner with you to develop immigration strategies that help you meet inbound immigration needs and manage your regional or global immigration program.

Malaysian immigration laws provide a range of visas and passes to non-Malaysians entering and remaining in Malaysia for business purposes.  

Business visitors can obtain a Visit Pass (Social) (“SVP”) upon entering Malaysia either with an entry visa issued by a Malaysian consular post (visa nationals) or with only a passport (visa waiver nationals). The maximum allowable stay under an SVP issued to a business visitor ranges between 14 to 90 days, depending on the nationality of the business visitor. Extensions are rarely granted and a strong justification will be required for applications to extend the SVP, such as inability to travel out of Malaysia due to serious illness.

The most common types of work authorization used by employers in Malaysia are the Professional Visit Pass (PVP) (valid for up to 12 months for certain technical positions) and the Employment Pass (EP) (valid for up to five years). Generally, employers must register with the Expatriate Service Division (ESD) and file PVP and EP applications with the Malaysia Expatriate Talent Service Centre (MYXpats Centre). For certain industries, however, registration may be handled under other agencies such as the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).

Greater corporate compliance is expected as Malaysian employers are being required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of Employment Pass applications and supporting documents.

Note that foreign nationals must not commence work until they are physically in possession of their work pass. Also, the immigration authorities may conduct a background check on visiting foreign nationals.

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.

Fragomen in Malaysia is Fragomen Malaysia Sdn Bhd CRN 1089738-P, an immigration consultancy.
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