MALAYSIA - New Immigration Application Procedure for MIDA-Registered Companies
Effective 5 December 2018, all new and renewal Employment Pass (EP) and Dependant Pass (DP) applications for companies with pre-approved positions under the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) must be submitted via the the online Expatriate Services Division (ESD) portal, rather than manually at the Immigration Unit at MIDA.
The ESD registration procedure includes several steps, and at least two months should be allowed to complete it. All pending applications submitted before 5 December 2018 will continue to be processed manually and the subsequent endorsements will be processed at MIDA. This change was announced unexpectedly on 3 December 2018.
Employers who have previously submitted immigration applications via the Immigration Unit at MIDA, and are not registered with the ESD, should begin the ESD registration process as soon as possible. Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact their immigration specialist for case-specific advice.