What is the change? The e-Xpats Service Centre has announced that it will close June 23-27 for the Hari Raya Aidil Fitri (Eid al-Fitr) holiday.

What does the change mean? The closures will affect filing deadlines. Companies should take note of the closure and plan accordingly.

  • Implementation time frame: June 23-27
  • Visas/permit affected: All e-Xpats Service Centre services.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals in Malaysia.
  • Business impact: Businesses may need to adjust their timelines because of the holiday closures.
  • Next steps: Employers and employees should lodge applications as soon as possible, and no later than the cutoff dates listed below if they need decisions before the holidays.

Background: In celebration of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the e-Xpats Service Centre will be closed June 23-27, and work will resume June 28. Accordingly, the center has assigned filing dates for Stage 1 and Stage 2 applications.

Application Type Filing Deadline for Decision Before Holidays
Stage 1 – Foreign Knowledge Workers for MSC Malaysia Status Companies and ICT Sector Companies June 16
Stage 2 – Endorsement of Employment Pass, Dependent Pass, Other Related Passes and Services May 26

Stage 2 applications received May 26 and later will be processed without original passports for security reasons. Applications filed without the original passport must include copies of the applicant’s passport, including the identity page, latest entry stamp, any pages containing current passes and visas, three empty pages and, for Indian nationals, the last page of the passport. Applicants must submit their original passports if applying for reissuance of an employment pass due to a change of positions within the same company.

BAL Analysis: Employers and employees should plan to submit any time-sensitive applications ahead of the holiday closure.

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