The Malaysian government has launched a program called PLS@XPATS, allowing qualifying foreign nationals to work in Malaysia during short-term visits.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals can now qualify to work in Malaysia for up to 30 days under the PLS@XPATS program if they work in one of the following industries:
    • Agriculture.
    • Aviation.
    • Business services.
    • Commodities.
    • Construction.
    • Education.
    • Electrical and electronics.
    • Finance and banking.
    • Health and medical.
    • Information, technology and infrastructure.
    • Manufacturing.
    • Oil, gas and energy.
    • Security and defense.
    • Tourism.
    • Wholesale and retail.
  • Companies should submit applications through this website on behalf of their foreign workers.
  • Applicants are required to provide an official invitation letter from the employer, a passport with at least six months validity, their work schedule, job description, flight information, and the company’s SSM (Companies Commission of Malaysia) e-info.
  • Foreign nationals must be outside of Malaysia to qualify for the PLS@XPATS program.
  • Malaysian authorities will process PLS@XPATS applications and issue decisions within three business days of receiving applications. If approved, foreign nationals will receive an approval letter to show authorities upon arrival.

Additional Information: Visa-required foreign nationals must obtain a Visa Without Reference (VTR) at their local Malaysian embassy or consulate or apply for an e-visa through this website to enter the country through the PLS@XPATS program.

BAL Analysis: Malaysian authorities launched the PLS@XPATS program to shorten the processing times for qualifying foreign nationals, giving them work authorization more quickly than other programs.

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