• Employment Pass Reclassification Takes Effect September 1, 2017
  • May 10, 2017
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs will reclassify Category I, II and III Employment Pass (EP) applications submitted via the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) portal on September 1, 2017. The new classification will be based on the monthly base salary and duration of employment of the foreign national, according to a recent MYXpats Centre announcement. The new system will require higher monthly salaries on or after September 1.

    The changes will be as follows:

    Employment Pass Type

    Monthly Salary Before Sept. 1, 2017 (in RM)

    Monthly Salary on or after Sept. 1, 2017 (in RM)

    Duration of Employment Before Sept. 1, 2017

    Duration of Employment on or after Sept. 1, 2017

    Category I (Expatriate)

    5,000

    10,000

    Minimum of 2 years

    Up to 5 years

    Category II(Expatriate)

    5,000

    5,000-9,000

    Less than 2 years

    Up to 2 years

    Category III (Expatriate)

    2,500-4,999

    3,000-4,999

    Up to 1 year (renewable twice only)

    Up to 1 year (renewable twice only)


    There is no guarantee that the EP application will be approved for the maximum duration of five years even if the monthly base salary of the foreign national is RM 10,000 or above RM 10,000. Each EP application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will be approved at the discretion of ESD.

    What This Means for Employers

    Employers should take into consideration the changes to the monthly base salary, especially for EP Category I and III.

    In order to qualify for an EP under Category I, the foreign national will have to have a monthly base salary of at least RM 10,000.

    For EP Category III, if a new or renewal application is required for new or existing EP Category III holders, their monthly base salary will have to be at least RM 3,000 (for new applications) or increased to RM 3,000 (for renewal applications).