IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? A wide range of new immigration policies that affect employers with MSC or ICT status took effect today.
What does the change mean? The Malaysian Digital Economy Corp. (MDEC) agency announced the changes last month, and they touch on issues ranging from new requirements for first-time and renewal employment pass applicants to passport validity rules and processes for parents of newborn children.
Background: The new policies cover a wide range of issues and were announced in piecemeal fashion last month. Among key changes:
MDEC also announced last week that it would increase its enforcement of requirements on employment pass holders who switch employers, including requiring EP Category I and II holders to provide a release letter from their previous employer and have their current employment pass canceled when switching employers in country. This is not a new rule, but affected EP holders should anticipate stepped-up enforcement based on MDEC’s announcement.
BAL Analysis: Employers should take note of the changes and be prepared to adjust business and travel schedules if necessary.
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