Eligibility Criteria and Types of Employment Pass

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR EMPLOYMENT PASS APPLICATIONS


FOR EXPATRIATE(S) / KNOWLEDGE/SKILLED WORKER(S)


The minimum requirements to apply for an expatriate post are as follows:


• Degree and above, with at least 3 years’ experience in the relevant field;

• Diploma, with at least 5 years’ experience in the relevant field;

• Technical certificate or equivalent, with at least 7 years’ experience in the relevant field.


FOR SHAREHOLDER(S)


• Shareholder(s) must have a minimum 30% equity in the company; AND

• Must be a SSM-registered director of the company AND/OR holds a key position in the company.


TYPES OF EMPLOYMENT PASS


EMPLOYMENT PASS (CATEGORY I) EXPATRIATE


Eligibility criteria


Applicant must earn a basic salary of minimum RM10,000 per month; AND

Applicant must have an employment contract valid up to 5 years (60 months).


Features


- Allows the holder to be employed in West Malaysia by the hiring company

- Spouse and children under 18 years old of Employment Pass holder are eligible for Dependant Pass

- Children over 18 years old until 25 years old are eligible for Social Visit Pass (Long Term)

- Parents / Parents-in-law are eligible for Social Visit Pass (Long Term)

- Eligible to hire foreign maid(s)


Conditions


- Renewal of the pass can be considered depending on the requirements

- All applications must obtain an Approval Letter before entering Malaysia for the purpose of employment

- Applicants who have entered the country will have 30 days from entry date to endorse EP sticker


EMPLOYMENT PASS (CATEGORY II) EXPATRIATE


Eligibility criteria


Applicant must earn a basic salary between RM5,000 to RM9,999 per month; AND

Applicant must have an employment contract valid up to 2 years (24 months).


Features


-Allows the holder to be employed in West Malaysia by the hiring company

-Spouse and children under 18 years old of Employment Pass holder are eligible for a Dependant Pass

- Children over 18 years old till 25 years old are eligible for Social Visit Pass (Long Term)

- Parents/Parents-in-law are eligible for Long Term Social Visit Pass

- Eligible to hire foreign maid(s)


Conditions

- Renewal of the pass can be considered depending on the requirements

- All applications must obtain an Approval Letter before entering Malaysia for the purpose of employment

- Applicants who have entered the country will have 30 days from entry date to endorse EP sticker


EMPLOYMENT PASS (CATEGORY III) Knowledge/Skilled Worker


Eligibility criteria


Companies that fall under Regulatory Bodies or unregulated sectors must obtain approval from Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) to seek exemption from the minimum salary requirement of RM5,000. Approval from MOHA is not applicable to the companies under the purview of Approving Agencies.


Applicant earns basic salary between RM3,000 to RM4,999 per month; AND

Applicant must have an employment contract with duration not exceeding 12 months.


Features


- Allows the holder to be employed in West Malaysia under the hiring company

- Not allowed to bring dependants

- Not eligible to hire foreign maid


Conditions


- Can be renewed for maximum two (2) times, subject to review

- It is mandatory for Employment Pass (Category III) successful applicants to obtain Visa with Reference for entry into the country (only applicable for countries requiring visa)

- Applicants who have entered the country will have 30 days from entry date to endorse EP sticker


Documents Required for Employment Pass Application


- Recent passport photo

- Copy of passport (full booklet with cover)

- Copy of highest educational certificates

• Please include copy of Professional certificate (if applicable)

- Latest comprehensive Resume

- Release letter from previous employer in Malaysia (for change of employer only)

- Copy of Employment Contract (duly stamped by Malaysia Inland Revenue Board)

- Supporting document from Approving Agency / Regulatory Body (if applicable)

- Detailed Job Description printed on company’s letterhead

- Latest 3 months salary slips (for Employment Pass renewal and change of position)

- Latest e-BE /e-M tax filing (for Employment Pass renewal or change of position or change

of employer)

- Tax payment receipts (if any)

- Latest EA Form (for Employment Pass renewal or change of position or change of employer)

- Account statement from Malaysia Inland Revenue Board (upon request)

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