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Approvals Required For Employment Pass Application in Malaysia

Approval from Approval 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. Please refer below for the reference list* of approving agencies.

  1. Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA)
  2. Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) for the manufacturing and its related services sectors.
  • Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) for the information technology sector, specifically companies that have been awarded Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Status.
  1. Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM) for the financial, insurance and banking sectors.
  2. Securities Commission (SC) for the securities and futures market.
  3. Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) for specific companies operating within Iskandar Malaysia
  • East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) for specific companies operating within East Coast Economic Region
  • Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) for specific key employers under National Key Economic Area (NKEA) sectors
  1. Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) for approved programs under its purview
  2. Public Service Department Malaysia (JPA) for government contractual positions
  3. Expatriate Committee (EC) for expatriate posts in sectors other than the above mentioned sectors.

*Please note that the list below is not exhaustive and may subject to changes.

Recommendation from Regulatory Bodies

Companies in the sectors under the purview of a specific Regulatory Body are required to submit a supporting letter for each Employment Pass (Category I, II and III) application from the relevant Regulatory Body. Please refer below for the reference list* of regulatory bodies.

NO REGULATORY BODIES SECTOR
1 Ministry of Education Education
2 Ministry of Health (Traditional & Complementary Medicine) Healthcare
3 Ministry of Tourism and Culture Tourism
4 • National Sports Institute, Ministry of Youth and Sports
• National Sports Council, Ministry of Youth and Sports
• Related Associations
Sports
5 Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Agriculture
6 Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation Biotechnology
7 Department of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Transport Aviation
8 Department of Mineral and Geoscience, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Mining
9 Unit PUSPAL, Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Entertainment &  Performance
10 Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Construction
11 Equestrian Association of Malaysia Equestrian

*Please note that the list below is not exhaustive and may subject to changes.

Unregulated Sectors

Employment Pass (Category I, II and III) applications from companies in unregulated sectors (neither in the purview of any Approving Agencies or Regulatory Bodies) will be assessed by the Expatriate Committee. However, the companies who intend to apply for Employment Pass (Category III) must firstly receive approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) to seek exemption from the minimum salary requirement of RM5,000 before they can submit applications for Employment Pass (Category III).

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