MALAYSIA: Foreign Knowledge Worker Projections Open for Submission

December 1, 2020

Effective 1 December 2020, the 2021 Projection of Expatriates for companies registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) is open for online submission.

Effective 3 November, the 2021 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for companies registered with MDEC opened for submission.

Effective date 1 December 2020 3 November 2020
Pass types New/renewal Employment Pass (EP)

New/renewal Professional Visit Pass (PVP)

New/renewal Employment Pass (EP)
Processing time Normally 5-10 days but may take longer due to COVID restrictions. Normally 5-10 days but may take longer due to COVID restrictions.
Unused balance of 2020 projections Will not be carried forward to 2021. Will not be carried forward to 2021.
2020 projections still available? Yes, until 20 December 2020 No, closed from 15 November 2020
How to apply? Apply online at ESD ( Apply online at MSC Malaysia eXpats Centre


Our Advice

Companies registered with ESD or MDEC and intending to employ foreign nationals in Malaysia in 2020 should ensure that they provide the required information and documents in support of their projection application as soon as possible, to avoid any delay.

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

For general advice and information on immigration and business travel to Malaysia, please contact us.