Understanding Different Work Pass in Malaysia
Professional Visit Pass
This is a pass that is issued to expatriates employed by an international company but with a subsidiary in Malaysia. It is given in according to the employment laws and regulations of Malaysia. It is appropriate for people with professional knowledge, trainees, managers, technical experts and volunteers. Professional working permits are normally valid for a short period particularly between six months and two years.
As a foreign employee, you must hold a job offer from a sponsoring company. The employment opportunity must meet the system’s minimum salary requirement. Fortunately, there is no age limit for applicants to enter the country as foreign workers. If you have dependants, you will be required to apply a Dependant Pass for each of them.
Temporary Employment Pass
This is a work permit for semi-skilled and unskilled workers in agriculture, manufacturing, construction, mining and service sectors. This pass is valid for three years but is subject to yearly extensions depending on the availability of the specified type of work. However, before this permit can be given to the applicant, quota approval must be done by the Local Centre of Approval. This pass does not allow you to come with your family into the country.
This permit applies to all those individuals who wish to work in Malaysia and have specific skills. In most cases they must have expert knowledge in managerial or technical positions. This pass is issued for a minimum of two years. However, before the pass is issued to the respective applicant, the employment of the individual as an expatriate must be approved by the Expatriate Committee. Holders of this pass are allowed to come with their dependants to Malaysia. However, each dependant must have a dependant pass to enter the country. Before, applying for this permit, applicants must have valid passports with a minimum expiry period of 18 months.
Some of the documents required for work pass applications include:
- An application letter as well as a letter of appointment from the prospective employer
- Appropriate visa application forms
- Signed employment contract
- Letter of approval from the relevant authority (Ministry of Home Affairs)
- Original payment receipts
- Employee’s passport copy
- Passport photos
- Employee’s CV and academic qualifications
- A medical report from the expatriate’s home country and should be approved by the Ministry of Health in Malaysia.
In summary, the Malaysian government has taken up numerous measures of ensuring that not all employment opportunities are given to foreign individuals. You must meet certain qualifications to be employed in Malaysia as a foreign person.
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