Malaysia is one of the popular destinations for professionals to live and work. In order to work in Malaysia, you must obtain an employment pass (EP). An employment pass is a permit issued by the Malaysian government which grants foreign professionals to live and work in Malaysia.
Types of Work Passes in Malaysia
There are 3 main types of employment passes in Malaysia, issued by the Immigration Department of Malaysia that a foreigner can apply for, which include:
If you’d like to know more about the differences between these 3 work passes, you can check out our Malaysia working visa guide!
These work passes are not considered as long-term passes and will require renewal before the end of the validity period. For foreign employees, you must secure a job offer from a Malaysian-based company and the offer should meet the minimum salary requirement for a successful employment pass application.
All passes are to be sponsored by the employer of the Malaysian company and all the Malaysian companies must be registered with the relevant Immigration Department.
Reasons for Rejection of Your Malaysian Employment Pass
As the Malaysian government has to regulate and ensure that the foreign talents meet the needs of its growing economy, there are strict regulations that apply. Some of the more common reasons for Malaysian EP rejection are:
Appeal to Review Malaysian Employment Pass Rejection
If your application is rejected, your employer may submit an appeal, but the processing time for the appeal would depend on the circumstances and the reason for the appeal. An appeal can be lodged 14 days after receiving notice of the decision for your initial application.
Aside from being able to live and work in Malaysia after securing your employment pass, some of the advantages include, among others:
- Opening of a bank account
- Doorway to Permanent Residency
- Employee Provident Fund contribution
You can find out more about the advantages in our article here!
Appeals must be made through the immigration department, similar to the application process.
The current regulations regarding the Employment Pass do not bar anyone from receiving one on the basis of nationality. Anyone who meets all of the relevant criteria may receive it. Therefore, any eligible person from any country may receive an Employment Pass.
Hi My Malaysia Employment pass has been rejected today.
But I can not see the reason for rejection.
What should I do next to know the reason and how can we fix this subject.
Hi Kumar, only your employers who helped you apply are able to view the reasons for rejected. You may want to reach out to them.
Hi, my employee’s employment has been rejected for more than a month, how can I reapply for it?
There are many potential reasons why the employment pass was rejected.
To find out more, you can visit https://www.paulhypepage.my/forums/business-forums-malaysia/reapply-for-employees-employment/
Feel free to interact with us in the forum if you need further clarification. We will be happy to assist.
Hi, my visa application appeal was being rejected. Is there any chance for them to reconsider it? My social visa was expired during MCO.
We can’t say for sure. You can try to appeal but we do not have a service for it
Please contact us via Paul Hype Page to discuss further.
Thank you for your question.
We are Singaporeans (2 of us) and are currently directors of a Malaysian incorporated company operating in Johor. Do we need to apply for employment passes to work in Malaysia/Johor? If yes, please advise how you can assist us in the application.
Given your current situation, it would be in your best interest to apply for Employment Passes. Fortunately for you, one of the services provided by our company is that of making applications for Employment Passes of Malaysia. The fee is RM6,600 per pass, not including government fees.
Thank you for your question.