Malaysia – iKad Becomes Available for Foreigners

What has changed

Effective immediately, the immigration authorities at Putrajaya have started issuing the “i-Kad” to expatriates and  dependents. The i-Kad is extended also to EP/DPs which are issued by the immigration authorities at MDeC and MIDA. The i-Kad is a replacement of the former I-Pass, which was discontinued in September 2014.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Expatriates and their dependents

Unlike the previous “I-Pass”, the i-Kad is not issued automatically with the endorsement of the EP /DP, an application has to be made. The application can be made any time after the EP/DP is endorsed in the passport and the validity of the card follows the expiry of the EP or DP.

An application can be made by the expatriate/dependent personally or through a representative of the company. The expatriate or dependent may apply in person at the immigration department, Putrajaya or via a representative with written authorization.

The processing time is estimated to be one (1) working day. But as this initiative is new, the volume of applications is still very small. Presently the authorities are able to process the card application within a day but as the application rate increases the processing time may be longer. Processing time is also subject to the system functioning correctly.

There is no charge for the card. However for replacement of card (where the initial card is lost or damaged) the authorities will impose a charge of RM 125.00 each for expatriates and RM 50.00 each for dependents. If an issued i-Kad has not been collected within a month it will be terminated and the applicant must apply again. Charges will be imposed for the card.

The i-Kad will allow foreigners to travel within West Malaysia (where Kuala Lumpur is) without needing their passports, The i-Kad can also  be used to go through a different immigration channel at airports, which is in theory faster that the other passenger channels.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • If you require assistance with the application, Emigra Worldwide can assist with the authorization letter from the company
  • 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.

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