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Malaysia Work Visas & Work Permits

How to get Malaysia work visas, how to hire foreign employees in Malaysia, and other information to help you expand into Malaysia

If your company is considering an expansion into Malaysia, an important part of your preparation will probably be obtaining Malaysian work visas for your foreign workers.

Applying for Malaysia work visas can be a complicated task, with various administrative and regulatory hurdles, along with a language barrier. If you don’t follow the proper procedures, you could end up with significant and expensive delays to your expansion.

At Horizons, our foreign expansion specialists provide a comprehensive selection of Malaysia work visa solutions, immigration support, and outsourcing to give your organization everything necessary to expand into Malaysia with the help of the best global talent.

Basic requirements for Malaysia work visas

The exact requirements for your employee’s Malaysian work visas depend on the type of visa and other factors. However, there are some general requirements that must be met by most applicants, including:

  • Filled-out application forms
  • Valid passport
  • Passport-sized photos
  • Job contract from a Malaysia-based employer
  • Qualifications and proof of work experience (for the Employment Pass)

Types of Malaysia visas

There are several kinds of work visas for Malaysia, including the Professional Visit Pass, Temporary Employment Pass, and the standard Employment Pass. Of these options, the Employment Pass is likely to be the most suitable for the majority of foreign workers. This visa is specifically for skilled employees, so there are some strict requirements for it.

How to get an Malaysia work visa

The process of getting Malaysian work visas can be quite drawn out and complex. Firstly, it may be necessary to demonstrate that no Malaysians are able to fill the role. This must be done officially through the Malaysian government, but exactly which department or authority you need to correspond with depends on the type of work in question.

Following this stage, your prospective employee should submit the filled-out application form and any relevant documents requested for the application. You (the employer) or your employee will then need to pay any associated fees. After processing is complete, the pass will be issued and your employee can travel to Malaysia to work.

Further considerations

If your foreign workers intend to bring along any family members, such as spouses and children, then they will generally need to apply for a Dependent Pass which will be linked to the employee’s employment visa.

How can Horizons help?

At Horizons, we help organizations successfully expand to Malaysia, and we are experts in the process of obtaining work visas for foreign workers. Our Malaysia work visa specialists offer reliable advice and tailored outsourcing services to support you through Malaysia’s complex immigration process. We ensure that you and your valued employees are in compliance with Malaysia’s immigration laws, save you time, and give you the answers to any questions you may have about the visa process.

Beyond this, we offer a wide range of outsourcing solutions that cover recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, and much more to help your business start trading and expanding in Malaysia, even if you don’t have an official subsidiary in the country.

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