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Malaysia - Work Permits
There are two main types of work permit in Malaysia:
- Professional Visit Pass (PVP)
- Employment Pass
Professional Visit Pass
A Professional Visit Pass (PVP) can be issued to a skilled foreign worker who will provide a service to a company in Malaysia on behalf of a foreign company. This is for work which is on a temporary basis only, usually lasting less than 12 months. The foreign worker remains employed by their home company in their home country. It is possible to renew this type of visa for another year long period, but this can only be achieved after the individual has spent a break of three months outside of Malaysia after the first 12-month period has expired. A new application must be made each time an extension is requested.
How to apply
An application for a PVP must be made to the Malaysian Immigration Department by the Malaysian company that is acting as a host for the foreign worker. The foreign worker must not enter Malaysia until the process has been completed and the visa has been approved. Processing will usually take less than 2 weeks.
The following link will take you to the Malaysian Embassy’s information page about the exact eligibility for this visa. www.jimlondon.net/visa_employ_pass.html
Employment Pass for Expatriates
It is perfectly possible for foreigners to be granted the right to live and work in Malaysia via the expatriate programme. In Malaysia they class an expatriate as a foreigner qualified to fill the following type of positions:
1. A top managerial position in a foreign owned company based in Malaysia
2. A professional or mid-level managerial post
3. A highly skilled non-executive post.
In order to gain these types of work permits, the expatriate applying must hold a job offer in Malaysia from a sponsoring company. Automatic approval can be given to individuals who meet any of the above criteria and who are going to be paid a monthly salary or wage above a certain threshold. The job offer must be for a position that will last for a minimum of two years. There are no age limits on applications for an expatriate work permit but in order to be considered, applicants must be in possession of a passport which will be valid for at least 18 months.
This visa can be extended to include family members who wish to travel with them to Malaysia. The individual will have to apply for a Dependent Pass for an eligible family member which can include; spouse, children under the age of 21, disabled children and adopted children.
Unskilled Worker Pass
You can also apply to obtain a visa for the right to perform services in the following sectors: Manufacturing, Plantation, Agriculture, Construction and Service. For more information on this type of pass, for full eligibility and the documents you will require, click on the following link: www.jimlondon.net/visa_unskill_pass.html.
If you have any questions concerning work permits and Malaysia, get in touch with the Malaysian Immigration Department.
Malaysian Immigration Department London
Tel: 02 07 9190 263
Embassy of Malaysia, Washington DC
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