Visitor's Pass for Temporary Employment

Information on the visitor's pass for temporary employment in Malaysia as well as details on applying for a social visit pass...

Visitor's Pass

Foreign workers in the following approved sectors can get a Visitor's Pass:

  • Manufacturing
  • Plantation
  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Services

The Local Centre of Approval, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is responsible for approving quotas. There are some exceptions. For example, cooks from Thailand do not require such approval.

Several criteria apply for applicants under this scheme:

  • Workers must be between 18 and 45 years old
  • They may not bring their family to Malaysia
  • They may not change jobs without permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs
  • They may not work in Malaysia for longer than five years
  • They may not marry a local resident or migrant worker who works in Malaysia

All details and dates on the pass must be adhered to, and the pass can be taken away if any conditions are not met.

  • For further information about the application process, fees and conditions: Click here

Foreign domestic helpers from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam may work in Malaysia, although conditions do apply.

  • For more information about application procedures, fees and conditions: Click here

Visitor's Pass (Professional)

The Professional Visitor's Pass is issued to foreigners with specialist skills who plan to work in Malaysia for up to 12 months. An application must be made outside Malaysia. Applicants include:

  • Advisors to the government
  • Auditors
  • Consultants
  • Jockeys
  • Machine maintenance or installation professionals
  • Professors/lecturers/speakers
  • Researchers/assistant researchers
  • Technical advisors
  • Other experts approved by the Director General of Immigration

Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS)

MACS is for Singaporean citizens and permanent residents who travel frequently to work, study or stay in Malaysia. It is essentially a fast-track immigration scheme to support the economic development of the Iskandar Region and to assist investors.

Short Term Social Visit Pass

Business visitors who plan to visit Malaysia for specific purposes should apply for a Short Term Social Visit Pass, which is not for employment purposes, but for business activities such as:

  • Attending business meetings, discussions, conferences or seminars
  • Inspecting factories
  • Signing agreements or auditing accounts
  • Training
  • Taking part in sporting activities
  • For more information about the Short Term Social Visit Pass: Click here