MALAYSIA – Expatriate Services Division Requires Employment Pass Approval Before Entry

Effective 1 August 2016, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) of the Immigration Department of Malaysia (MID) requires that all Employment Pass (ED), Professional Visit Pass (PVP), Dependant Pass (DP) and Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) applicants must obtain an approval letter before entering Malaysia. The approval letter must be produced at the port of entry in Malaysia for verification by the immigration authorities.

Currently, applicants for these passes are allowed to travel to Malaysia as visitors while waiting for their pass application to be approved. This will no longer be permitted and any applicants who enter the country before the approval is issued will need to exit and re-enter following approval of their application.

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