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Immigration update: Malaysia introduces PLS@Xpats, 13/10/2022

 

Malaysia introduces PLS@Xpats allowing a 30 day working permission


Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM) hasallowed entry of foreign professionals on a Social Visit Pass (PLS), orPLS@Xpats for 30 days to ensure emergency and critical work is being carriedout. <o:p></o:p>

 

Background<o:p></o:p>

 

The Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM)recognizes that local companies and international companies (MNCs) requireforeign professionals to carry out critical work. This includes machinerepairing in factories, electrical power experiencing damage, failing ICTsystems' function, and testing and commissioning work before the relevantassets and facilities are allowed to operate. JIM affirmed that these foreignexperts are urgently needed so that the company's operations and productivityis not affected, and national interests are always preserved.<o:p></o:p>

 

Impact<o:p></o:p>

 

  • For foreign nationals who require an entry visa prior entering Malaysia, they are required to obtain Visa Without Reference (VTR) at the Embassy / High Commission/ Consulate General of Malaysia, OR <o:p></o:p>
  • Visa applications can be made online via https://malaysiavisa.imi.gov.my for electronic visa (eVisa). <o:p></o:p>
  • If the applicant fails to obtain a visa prior to entry to Malaysia, they will be denied entry.<o:p></o:p>
  • Foreign nationals who fail to apply for an entry visa will be denied entry to Malaysia. The individual will be repatriated to the country of origin or residing country and a 'Not To Land' (NTL) Notice will be issued. <o:p></o:p>
  • Applicants are not allowed to bring their dependents on this pass.<o:p></o:p>

 

Implementation<o:p></o:p>

 

3 October 2022<o:p></o:p>

 

Santa Fe recommendation<o:p></o:p>

 

PLS@Xpats applications can be submitted through theonline immigration system. Approval will be granted online approximately withinthree to five working days. At the same time, foreign nationals who need a visacan apply for a Malaysian Visa online through the e-Visa system. Santa FeMalaysia is able to help with an application for a new pass for your employeewho has a need or emergency to enter for work under this new pass. Pleasecontact your local Santa Fe immigration consultant for more information on thisnew implementation and support on the application.<o:p></o:p>


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