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Employment Pass Application

Updated: Sep 16, 2023

Employment Pass Application – Operating License and Approval Required by Companies

Employment Pass Application | Bestar
Employment Pass Application | Bestar





​Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)

​License approval under the Industrial Co-ordination Act, 1975

​Royal Malaysia Customs

​Approval of license under Section 65 of the Customs Act 1967

​Ministry of Health (MOH)

​Licence approval under Rule 16(1) of the Drug Control Authority, Ministry of Health Malaysia

Business Services

​Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (MDTCC/KPDNKK)

​Business for the services sector (unregulated sectors); refers to the guideline of foreign companies’ participation in trade, distribution and services in Malaysia

​Business Sale (Continuing Sales License)

​Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC)

​Spa therapy services (Spa Certificate)

Hotel certificate with star classification

​National Film Development Corporation (FINAS)

Perfileman (pengeluaran atau / dan pengedaran filem)

Filming (production and / or distribution of movies)

​Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)

Publications and printing machines

Distributive Trade

​Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism

​Approval of distribution trading activities in Malaysia (WRT)

Oil, Gas and Energy


​License to supply / operate oil and gas services from Petronas


​Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

​CIDB license is at least grade G5 and above

​Letter of Award (LOA)

Approval from Approving Agencies

Companies that are regulated by an Approving Agency need to submit an approval letter for each Employment Pass (Category I, II and III) application from the relevant Approving Agency.

List of Approving Agencies

  1. Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)

  2. Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) for the manufacturing and its related services sectors

  3. Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) for the information technology sector, specifically companies that have been awarded Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status

  4. Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM) for the financial, insurance and banking sectors

  5. Securities Commission (SC) for the securities and futures market

  6. Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) for specific companies operating within Iskandar Malaysia

  7. East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) for specific companies operating within East Coast Economic Region

  8. Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) for specific key employers under ICAEW / ACCA / NKEA sectors

  9. Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) for approved programs under its purview

  10. Public Service Department Malaysia (JPA) for government contractual positions

  11. Expatriate Committee (EC) for expatriate posts in sectors other than the above mentioned sectors

List of Regulatory Bodies




​Ministry of Education (MOE)



​Ministry of Health (MOH) (Traditional & Complementary Medicine)



​Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC)



​National Sports Institute, Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) / National Sports Council (MSN), Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) / Related Associations



​Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and Agro-based Industries



​Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (Bioeconomy)



​Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) , Ministry of Transport



​Department of Mineral and Geoscience, Ministry of Natural Mining (JMG) Resources and Environment



​Unit PUSPAL, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (MCMC)

​Entertainment & Performance


​Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)



​Equestrian Association of Malaysia (EAM)


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