What is the change? The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has implemented new rules impacting dependent children born in Malaysia.

What does the change mean? Effective immediately, MDEC requires newly born children of foreign nationals born in Malaysia to hold a Special Pass (SP) while waiting for their Dependent Pass (DP) to be adjudicated. For children currently between one to six months old, the SP applications must be filed through the Immigration Unit of MDEC. In addition, it is now necessary to include proof of the SP documents when applying for stage 2 of the DP (endorsement stage). Alternatively, for children seven months old and older, the SP application is filed through the Enforcement Unit of the Immigration Department in Putrajaya.

Analysis & Comments: The change, announced by the MDEC, adds an additional step to visa and permit processing for foreign nationals with newly born children born in Malaysia and requires them to apply for an SP before applying for a DP.

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