MALAYSIA: Change in Validity of Approval Letters Issued by MDEC

October 30, 2019

Effective 1 November 2019, the validity of all approval letters issued by MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation) for ICT companies will be revised from three months to six months. 

The endorsement of all approved passes must be completed within the six-month validity period, otherwise the approval becomes void, and the process will have to be restarted.

This brings the approval letters issued for ICT companies into line with those issued for MSC companies, and those issued by ESD (Expatriate Services Division), which are already valid for six months.

What’s the impact?

This change allows for more flexibility for companies and assignees, as they now have more time to enter Malaysia and get the passes endorsed once they are approved.

Our Advice

Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact a Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

Note also that Employment Pass, Dependent Pass and Long-Term Visit Pass holders who obtain a new passport must immediately have their pass endorsement transferred to the new passport.

For general advice and information on immigration and business travel to Malaysia, please email us at [email protected]