Types of work permits available in Malaysia
The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued three (3) types of work permits available for employers to apply for their foreign workers:
In order for the potential foreign workers to start working in Malaysia, their application will be strictly reviewed by the relevant government agencies. The employer is also expected to abide by the rules and regulations imposed by the government by hiring these foreign workers.
The Employment Pass is normally for foreign workers who are offered a contract with a Malaysian registered Company. It is for foreign expatriates with specific skills commonly used for the technical and managerial positions.
Within the employment pass program, there are three (3) categories:
Salary eligible for the pass holder is MYR 10,000 above with a contract of more than 60 months (5 years). They are allowed to bring dependants and is allowed to hire foreign domestic helper – which is subject to approval. This pass is renewable
Salary eligible for pass holder is MYR 5,000 and not more than MYR 10,000 with an employment contract of at least 24 months (2 years). This pass is renewable, and they’re allowed to also bring in dependants and hire foreign domestic holder
Salary eligible for pass holder is at least MYR 3,000 but not more than MYR 5,000 with an employment contract of at least 12 months (1 years). This pass is only renewable for at least two (2) more times. However, they are not allowed to bring in dependants or hire foreign domestic helper
Temporary Employment Pass
Temporary Employment Pass, also known as the Visitor Pass, is normally for Malaysian registered Companies who are in need of semi-skilled foreign workers in specific sectors. Its validity is up to 12 months (1 years) and the employers can apply for an extension on a yearly basis for up to 10 years.
There are two types of such passes, and they are only applicable to selected industries:
Sectors allowed – construction, plantation, agriculture, manufacturing, and services
Foreign domestic helpers
Professional Visit Pass
This pass is only eligible for those foreign expatriates with necessary qualifications and skills to work in Malaysia on a temporary basis of 12 months (1 years). They are to provide their services in a Malaysian registered Company on behalf of an overseas Company and is not allowed to apply for dependant’s pass.
Malaysia does not practise the issuance of business visas which is common in countries like Singapore, where businessmen can travel back and forth a country without obtaining visas from their home country.