Can Dependent Pass holder work in Malaysia?
A dependant pass (DP) holder is not allowed to work in Malaysia unless the employing Company apply for suitable work visa such as Employment Pass before hiring them.
As such, the work visa application is subject to the requirements and conditions imposed by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
Can Dependent Pass start a business in Malaysia?
According to Company Act 2016, a foreigner is allowed to incorporate a Company and become a sole owner as long as they have legitimate local residential address. Some of the business structures available are:
Being a dependant pass holder gives you the advantage of:
Having local residential address
Being physically present in Malaysia
Having local contact number
Having the knowledge on who to approach for advice
Having the knowledge on how business is run in Malaysia
However, the business establishment will be based on having you as a foreign director instead of a dependant pass holder. Once you have established the business in Malaysia, you may appoint a third-party Human Resource (HR) provider or hire your in-house HR to apply for the employment pass on your behalf.
Once the Company has attained an EP for you, you may now legitimately be hired by the Company as a foreign employee.
Key Points to Note About Being a Dependent Pass Holder
It is important to note that consent in writing must be given by the Immigration Department before employment can commence. The process of converting a Dependant Pass to an Employment Pass may have varying timelines. This could be due to several factors, including more time needed for the verification of official documents. You must also obtain an endorsement on your passport from the Immigration Department before you can start working.
Other factors to consider when finding a job as a Dependent Pass holder
Finding employment in Malaysia as a foreigner can be challenging. There are a lot of requirements which need to be met. There is also a substantial cost involved for companies and finding the right company who is willing to sponsor your employment pass is where a lot of foreigners tend to struggle. It’s not impossible, but it may prove to be a frustrating process.
Finding suitable employment is easier if you’ve got a network of connections to help you. Knowing the right contacts can be a big help in this context. Browsing local expat forums where others might be facing a similar situation is another approach you could turn to. Alternatively, you may search local online recruitment websites like Jobstreet, Monster Jobs, and Scoot for employment opportunities.