Malaysia – Expatriate Projections Required for Employers Using Expatriate Services Division Portal

What has changed

Since the introduction of the Malaysian Immigration Department’s Expatriate Services Division (ESD) portal, employers filing applications through the online service are required to submit annual projections for expatriate hires in the coming calendar year via the ESD portal. No new Employment Pass applications may be filed through the ESD portal until employer expatriate projections are completed.


Who is affected?
What to expect

  • All employers in Malaysia who file for Employment Passes through the Malaysian Immigration Department’s Expatriate Services Division (ESD) portal.

Employers in Malaysia who file for Employment Passes through the Malaysian Immigration Department’s Expatriate Services Division portal (“ESD Portal”), must submit projection of expatriate hires for the upcoming 2015 calendar year. Projections are submitted online through the ESD Portal. No new applications may be submitted until the projection is complete.

The Malaysian Immigration Department has required a projection since the introduction of the ESD portal in March 2014 and a projection will be required annually.This process is expected to take up to three (3) weeks to complete. Employers should commence this process as soon as possible.


What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Employers in Malaysia should coordinate with the Expatriate Services Division to complete their annual projection for expatriate hires via the ESD portal.
  • Understand that no new Employment Pass applications may be filed until the expatriate projection is complete.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.

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.