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March 5, 2017

MALAYSIA – NEW EMPLOYMENT PASS CATEGORY ANNOUNCED (EPIII)


MALAYSIA – NEW EMPLOYMENT PASS CATEGORY ANNOUNCED (EPIII)

On July 15, 2015, the Malaysian Expatriate Services Division (ESD) implemented a new work authorization category, the Employment Pass III (EPIII). The EPIII category is intended for foreign nationals who will earn less than MYR 5,000.00 per month, the current minimum salary amount for regular Employment Pass (EP) applications. To sponsor EPIII applications, companies must first obtain an exemption from the MYR 5,000 minimum salary amount from the Ministry of Home Affairs prior to the filing of EPIII application. Dependents cannot accompany employees to Malaysia under this new category.

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MALAYSIA – NEW EMPLOYMENT PASS CATEGORY ANNOUNCED (EPIII)  
 
On July 15, 2015, the Malaysian Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has implemented a new work 
authorization  category,  the  Employment  Pass  III  (EPIII).  The  EPIII  category  is  intended  for  foreign 
nationals who will  earn  less  than MYR 5,000.00 per month,  the  current minimum  salary  amount  for 
regular Employment Pass (EP) applications. To sponsor EPIII applications, companies must first obtain an 
exemption from the MYR 5,000 minimum salary amount from the Ministry of Home Affairs prior to the 
filing  of  EPIII  application.  Dependents  cannot  accompany  employees  to  Malaysia  under  this  new 
category. 
  
To be eligible for the EPIII category, the assignment must meet the following criteria: 
  
 Monthly salary must be between MYR 2,500.00 to MYR 4,999.00; 
 The initial term of assignment cannot exceed 12 months, but the EPIII is renewable up to a 
maximum of 48 months; 
 The  assignment must be  supported by  an  approval or  support  letter  from  the  regulatory 
agency for the respective industry; and 
 The assignment must fall within one of the designated National Key Economic Areas (NKEA). 
As always, Foster will continue to monitor changes  in global  immigration  laws and procedures 
and will provide additional  information  in  future  Immigration Updates©, and on our  firm’s website at 
www.fosterglobal.com.

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