What is the change? The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has implemented new rules impacting Nigerian nationals.

What does the change mean? Effective Sept. 1, MDEC requires companies to submit certain documents for Nigerian nationals, duly stamped by the Malaysian High Commission in Nigeria. The documents include education certificates, marriage licenses, birth certification and documents that prove relationships. This requirement is only applicable for new Employment Pass (EP) and Dependent Pass (DP) applications.

  • Effective date: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Who is affected: Nigerian nationals submitting EP and DP applications.
  • Visas/ permits affected: EP and DP applications.

Analysis & Comments: The change adds an additional step to visa and permit processing for Nigerian nationals associated with MDEC registered companies and requires them to make a trip to the nearest Malaysian High Commission prior to submitting an EP or DP application.

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