What has changed
On December 3, 2018, online portals opened for companies in Malaysia registered with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) or the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) to submit their required projections for the 2019 calendar year. Registration with the online portal is part of the standard annual year-end projection required by companies registered within MDEC or ESD.
Effective January 1, 2019, MDEC companies will be unable to file any new or renewal Employment Pass (EP) applications for 2019 until the FKW projection is completed and approved.
Who is affected
What to expect
MDEC Registered Companies:
- Registration for 2019 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for the upcoming 2019 year may be completed at the e-Xpats Service Centre here.
- Intra-company Transfer (ICT) and Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) companies may now file applications for FKW projection (anticipated number of foreign workers) for the upcoming 2019 year.
- Currently, MDEC advises companies to submit only their projection requirement for the first quarter (Q1) of 2019 in order to ease the approval process. Projection for the rest of the year can be submitted when required during the rest of the year.
- Estimated processing time for the projection is ten (10) to fifteen (15) working days from submission date, provided no additional information is requested.
ESD Registered Companies:
- Registration for EP and Professional Visit Pass (PVP) projections for the upcoming 2019 year may be completed at the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) online portal here.
- ESD companies will be unable to file EP or PVP applications in 2019 until projections have been approved.
- Estimated processing time for the projection is five (5) to ten (10) working days from submission date, provided no additional information is requested.
To avoid delay, Emigra Worldwide strongly advises companies to file the projection as early as possible to avoid delays in filing EP and PVP applications in the new year. Any unutilized projections approved for 2018 are not allowed to be carried forward and will be void on January 1, 2019.
Projections are based on the business need for the year, and justification is required to support the projection. The projection should include all new and renewal applications.
Emigra Worldwide can assist with the 2019 Annual Projection for MDEC and ESD registered companies in Malaysia as needed.
What you need to do
Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.