Malaysia – New MYXpats Centre to Open in June, 2015


What has changed

The Immigration Department of Malaysia has set up a new processing centre referred to as the “Malaysia Expatriate Talent Service Centre” or MYXpats Centre to provide Employment Pass (EP) application services. The centre is jointly managed by the Immigration Department and Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp). Beginning in June, 2015, this centre will be the processing area for Employment Passes, Dependent Passes, Professional Visit Passes, and Long Term Social Visit Passes for expatriates and their eligible family members.

This work is currently preformed by the Expatriate Services Division.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Companies filing for Employment Passes, Dependent Passes, Professional Visit Passes and Long Term Social Visit Passes for expatriates and their eligible family members

Companies can expect an essentially seamless transition as those already registered to use the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) portal will continue to file applications for Employment and other passes in the same way as before, through the ESD portal, only now the authority processing the applications will be the MYXpats Centre.

The Expatriate Services Division will continue to process new requests to register to use its portal.

It will also:

  • Process Stage 2 applications (manually) for EP, DP, and LTSVP and Stage 3 (endorsement) for sectors where the stage 1 approval falls under the respective regulatory agenciesĀ e.g. Bank Negara (for financial institutions, banks and insurance companies), Ministry of Home Affairs (foreign media companies), Securities Commission (for companies involved in securities and futures), Embassy, etc.
  • Other services such as transfers of EP, DP and LTSVP (where the initial Stage 2 approval was filed and approved manually) and shortening of these passes.

It is expected that initial processing times will reduce to five (5) working days under this initiative, although endorsement of passes into passports is expected to take a further three (3) working days from submission to completion.

At this stage, there are no indications that the required documents or other aspects of the process have changed. However, such changes are on occasions made at short notice.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • The centre will be new and thus companies hiring foreigners to work in Malaysia who will use the centre should plan for some initial implementation issues.
  • 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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