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Malaysia: Immigration Update

Latest news on Malaysia’s immigration updates

ESD Update – Processing of PVP application by MYXpats Centre w.e.f 1 April 2017

The Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced that commencing the 1st of April of 2017, the PVP applications (Stage 1 approval) will now be processed by the Malaysia Expatriate Talent Service Centre (MYXpats Centre), which is run by TalentCorp together with the Immigration Department of Malaysia and overseen by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA).

It is expected that the processing time will be reduced considerably. The expected charter processing time by MYXpats Centre is 7 working days from submission of complete set of documents.

Prior to this, the applications were processed by the (ESD), Putrajaya with a processing time of about 4-6 weeks from submission.

MYXpats Centre however is unable to provide service for the endorsement of the PVP sticker at this time. Meanwhile endorsement will still be undertaken by ESD Putrajaya and selected state immigration offices

ESD portal – Update of corporate details/information in the ESD portal by the SSM e-info function

The ESD has made an announcement in the portal with regards to updating details/information on the company.

Companies are now required to update the company’s information in the system on a yearly basis. This is done by the company purchasing the SSM (Companies Commission of Malaysia) e-info vide the SSM e-info function in the Company tab in the system. The SSM e-info provides full details of the company: address, business activities, shareholdings, directors and financials. Once purchased, the information will be auto uploaded into the ESD system.

In addition, whenever there are changes to the company’s information after the last update, such as a change of name of company or change of business address of the company, directors, shareholdings and similar information, the company is required to file the necessary updates in the system vide the SSM e-info function.

Besides updating the change electronically, the company will also be required to file a copy of the relevant company forms, duly certified by SSM in respect of the change(s). Presently the documents are required to be filed manually at the ESD authorities’ office in Putrajaya. We understand that this document may be filed electronically in future when the system is set up for this purpose.

Implication of the yearly update

We understand that from the 1st of August of 2017, when processing EP applications, the authorities will process the applications based on the latest company information in the system. If the company information has not been updated, the authorities will return the EP application requesting the company to first update the information in the system.

In this respect, it is highly recommended that companies start updating their information as soon as possible, prior to August 2017, to ensure smooth processing of the EP applications.

ESD Update – Reclassification of EP Category I, II and III w.e.f 1 September 2017

The Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced that effective from the 1 of September of 2017, that EP Categories will be reclassified by the Malaysia Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA).

The reclassification and comparison before that date is outlined in the table here.

More information

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Immigration team at or call +44(0)20 8836 3359.

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