Malaysia – New Rules for Long-Term Social Visit Pass Applications via the Expatriate Services Division

What has changed

Effective immediately, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced new requirements for Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) applications. Dependant children applying for an LTSVP via the ESD must now be aged between eighteen (18) and twenty-five (25) years at application.

Previously, any dependant child aged at least eighteen (18) years could qualify.

Furthermore, any LTSVP applicant must submit an additional declaration letter confirming their status (i.e., single, unemployed and/or in the custody of the Employment Pass (EP) holder), and be signed before a Commissioner of Oaths.

Who is affected

Clients who employ or intend to hire foreign workers with dependant children in Malaysia.

What to expect

Currently, equivalent changes have not been announced by Malaysia Digital Economy Sdn Bhd (MDEC), which processes Employment Pass applications for Information Communication Technology (ICT) companies and companies registered for Multimedia Super Corridor Malaysia (MSC Malaysia) status.

Certain family members of Employment Pass I or II holders may qualify as dependants of an EP holder. A spouse or a child of seventeen (17) years or under may qualify for a Dependant Pass. Other direct dependants that may qualify for a Long-term Social Visit Pass include; an unmarried partner, children aged between eighteen (18) and twenty-five (25) (more than eighteen [18+] for applications via MDEC) and parents.

What you need to do

Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

This alert was prepared with information provided by The Corporate Lab and Peregrine Immigration.