• Professional Visit Pass Applications to Require In-Person Visit by Corporate Representative
  • June 2, 2014
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Companies sponsoring foreign nationals for Professional Visit Passes (PVP) must send a corporate representative to appear in person at the Malaysian Immigration Department (MID) headquarters in Putrajaya when the application is filed, effective June 15, 2014. The MID has announced that it will more strictly enforce the in-person filing requirement, which was originally announced in June 2013.

    Upon filing, corporate representatives will be requested to verify their identity and employment by providing a copy of an Employee Provident Fund (EPF) statement showing contributions from one of the three months preceding the date of the PVP application. Neither an original EPF nor a certified copy is required. The MID will not accept any other document as proof of employment with the sponsoring company, such as business cards, office-access cards or company badges.

    The MID is tightening the PVP application process in response to allegations that fraudulent PVP submissions have been made without the consent or knowledge of the purported sponsoring companies.

    What This Means for Clients

    The in-person filing requirement will make the PVP application more burdensome for employers.

    Employers that utilize the PVP program should immediately designate a representative who will be prepared to attend PVP submissions at the MID headquarters.