Malaysia – Updated Document Requirements and Online Submission for MDEC Employment Pass Applications

What has changed

The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC) in Malaysia has announced changes to the required documents for online submission of Employment, Dependent and Social Visit Pass applications.  Please note that the announcement in this link refers to an implementation date of April 6, 2015, but this date was deferred.

Beginning April 13, 2015,  applicants must upload all required supporting documentation into the MDEC system. An updated document checklist will be available online from April 13, 2015.

Previously applicants would submit the original documents to the MDEC, but manual submission will no longer be accepted at Stage 1 of the process.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • MDEC Employment, Dependent and Social Visit Pass Applicants

Prior to today, original documents were submitted at Stage 1 of the application. Starting April 13, 2015 these documents will need to be uploaded into the MDEC system, and the originals will be submitted at a later stage.

This change is intended to result in faster processing time overall, but possible initial delays may be experienced during the transition.

Please note that these changes are relevant to submissions to the MDEC, and do not apply to any of Malaysia’s other approval bodies for Employment Passes, such as the Expatriate Services Division.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Applicants should be prepared for initial delays during the implementation of this process, but should eventually realize faster processing as a result.
  • 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.