MalaysiaNovember 30, 2015

Malaysian authorities have opened the window for companies to submit their 2016 foreign employee projections. Applicable only to Malaysian companies registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) online portal, these projection numbers must be approved by the Malaysian authorities before any Employment Pass (EP) applications (initial or renewal) can be filed through the MYXpats Centre in 2016.

First introduced in early 2015 (see our blog on the subject here), these projections are due on an annual basis.

What’s Changed?

Affected Malaysian companies must provide their 2016 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projections for the following four (4) employee categories:

• Top Management
• Middle Management
• Technical Expert / Technical Position
• Entry Level / Junior Management

Projections should be made for anticipated numbers of both initial and renewal EP applications in 2016.

Document requirements for these projections are quite minimal, especially for companies who do not intend to employ significant numbers of foreign employees in 2016. However, for those companies who plan on initiating new or renewal procedures for a considerable number of employees, supporting documents such as client contracts, agreements, or business plans may be required from the Malaysian authorities.

Processing times for projection approvals are currently 4-6 weeks and may be delayed as 2015 comes to an end.

Kindly note that these projection numbers are not required for companies holding MSC Malaysia status within the Information & Communications Technologies industry. In addition, these projections do not include anticipated numbers of Professional Visit Pass (PVP) applications.

How These Changes Affect You

As processing times may see delays due to a backlog of applications and the year-end holiday season, it is strongly recommended that these projections be submitted as soon as possible to avoid delays in any EP applications for early 2016.

Pro-Link GLOBAL is happy to assist with submitting these projection numbers. Please reach out to your dedicated Client Relationship Manager as soon as possible if you have not submitted your 2016 projection numbers.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. We would like to remind you that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your immigration specialist or your client relations manager at Pro-Link GLOBAL should you require any additional clarification. This alert was prepared by your Pro-Link GLOBAL Knowledge Management team. We worked with our PLG | KGNM Malaysia Offices “Asian Tigers Mobility” and “Orientations Relocations Services” to provide you this update.

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