Malaysia – MDEC Announces New Requirements for Foreign Nationals and Dependents

What has changed

Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) has implemented a change in relation to the minimum salary threshold for Employment Pass holders working for Multimedia Super Corridor-status companies in West Malaysia. Foreign nationals working in West Malaysia with accompanying dependents who require a Dependent Pass or a Longterm Social Visit Pass must now earn a minimum salary of RM 5,000 per month (approximately $1,400 USD).

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Foreign nationals working in West Malaysia with accompanying dependents and earning a monthly salary below RM 5,000 (approximately $1,400 USD).
  • Employers of foreign nationals with dependents whose salaries are below RM 5,000 per month.
  • Foreign nationals with new or renewal Employment Pass and Dependent Pass applications currently under review.

Effective immediately, all new applications for Employment Passes on behalf of employees with accompanying dependents must meet the new salary requirements. The minimum monthly salary for foreigners without accompanying dependents will remain at RM 2,500.

This change will also impact foreigners with current renewal applications under review, as well as any future Employment and Dependent Pass applications, whether for initial or extension of existing passes. The new salary requirement must be met at the time of each application. Initial and renewal applications currently in process are on hold pending a potential review of the new salary requirement.

Other Important Updates
Special Passes During Renewal

Foreigners seeking to renew their existing Employment Pass, Dependent Pass, or Social Visit Pass must obtain a Special Pass from MDeC if their existing immigration documents have fewer than 5 working days of validity remaining. The Special Pass will be required to maintain legal status in Malaysia and should be requested after the primary renewal application has been filed.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Employers in West Malaysia must ensure that foreign nationals with accompanying dependents receive a salary of at least RM 5,000 per month.
  • For existing employees with dependents whose salaries fall below the minimum requirement, employers must decide whether to increase the salary or apply for an Employment Pass for the employee and advise dependents seeking renewal to depart Malaysia within the validity of their existing Dependant Passes.
    • Other immigration options may be feasible for some dependents such as       school-age children and their accompanying parent.
  • Any foreign national awaiting approval of a renewal request for an existing Employment Pass, Dependent Pass, or Long Term Social Visit Pass should plan to request a Special Pass if the renewal application is not approved at least five (5) business days ahead of the expiration of their existing immigration documents.
  • 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.