Change in Work Permit Filing Procedure for IT Workers
Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (MDeC) will begin processing work permit applications for foreign nationals who will work in information technology (IT)-related positions, assuming that responsibility from the Expatriate Committee (Employment Pass Division) of the Malaysian Immigration Department (MID). This processing change is tentatively scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2011. However, please note that all Professional Visit Pass applications will continue to be processed by the MID.
It is not yet clear what effect this change will ultimately have on work permit applications, but employers should be prepared for delays as the switch over takes place. Fragomen is monitoring the situation in Malaysia and will provide more details when they become available.
Processing Delays Expected Due to Hari Raya Puasa Holiday
Government processing delays are expected for all immigration applications due to the upcoming Hari Raya Puasa holiday period - August 29 to September 2, 2011. Foreign nationals and their employers intending to submit applications before the holiday period are advised to do so as soon as possible to avoid delays.
Change in Admission Policy for Accompanying Common Law Wives
According to a recent change in policy, a common law wife of a foreign national employee may apply for her own Long Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) only if (among other requirements) both the wife and the principal are nationals of a Commonwealth country. Previously, it was possible for a common law wife to apply for a LTSVP regardless of her or the principal’s nationality. However, please note that LTSVP applications for common law wives are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis and foreign nationals should contact their immigration service provider for advice on their specific needs.
A common law wife who does not qualify under the new policy may be able to obtain a Social Visit Pass that can be valid for up to three months, depending on her nationality.
In preparing this alert, Fragomen worked closely with the law firm of Shearn Delamore & Co. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If you have any questions regarding this alert, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Global Immigration Services or send an email to [email protected]
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