Malaysia – Employment Pass Projections to be Submitted for 2017

What has changed

All companies in Malaysia registered with either the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) or Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) must now submit their overall Malaysia Employment Pass (EP) projection for the 2017 calendar year. This is part of the standard annual year-end projection, which must be completed by all companies registered with ESD or MDEC.

Who is affected?

  • All companies in Malaysia registered with either the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) or Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

What to expect

Companies Registered with the MDEC

As of December 7, 2016, the e-Xpats portal is open for filing Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projections for 2017. Companies can log in to the portal www.expats.com.my to file their FKW projection. Please note that effective January 1, 2017, companies will not be able to file any new or renewal application for 2017 until their FKW projection is completed and approved. Companies are urged to file the projection as early as possible to avoid any delays in filing EP applications in the new year. Processing times are ten (10) to fifteen (15) working days from submission, provided no additional information is requested.

Companies Registered with the ESD

As of December 5, 2016, the ESD portal is open for filing projections of the number of expatriates required under the Employment Pass and Professional Visit Pass (PVP) for 2017. Companies can log in to the portal www.esd.immi.goc.my to file their projections. Please note that effective January 1, 2017 companies will not be able to file any new or renewal EP or PVP applications for 2017 until the projection is completed and approved. Companies are urged to file projections as early as possible to avoid any delay in filing EP and PVP applications in the new year. Processing times are five (5) to ten (10) working days from submission, provided no additional information is requested.

A PVP projection for companies registered with the ESD portal has been introduced for the first time and was not previously a requirement.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Emigra Worldwide can assist with 2017 annual projections for companies registered with either MDEC or ESD in Malaysia as needed.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.