- Professional Visit Pass to Require Electronic Applications
- September 29, 2014
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
Malaysian employers will no longer be able to submit Professional Visit Pass (PVP) applications in person to the Malaysian Immigration Department (MID) and must instead register and submit applications electronically via the Expatriate Services Division's (ESD) online portal starting October 1, 2014.
PVPs are issued to skilled foreign workers who provide services to a Malaysian company on behalf of an overseas company on a temporary basis, usually for up to 12 months. Under the PVP scheme, the foreign worker is still employed by the sending company.
It is likely that employer representatives will no longer need to be present at the MID for every PVP application, since all applications will be processed exclusively through the online portal.
Although officially, in-person applications will not be accepted starting October 1, 2014, MID officers have indicated unofficially that in-person applications will no longer be accepted starting September 26, 2014.
What This Means for Employers
Employers in Malaysia who will need to submit PVP applications should register as soon as possible on the ESD online portal to avoid potential delays. Employers using the new online application process will likely no longer have to appear at the MID to verify the application and may see more efficient processing of PVP applications, although delays in processing times should be expected during the initial stages.