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  2. Global HR Compliance
  3. Global PEO and payroll
  4. Work permit for hiring expats via PEO
  5. Expand without a company set up
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Visa, work permit & immigration support in Malaysia

Malay talent ecosystem is highly developed and recognized as one of the most advanced in Southeast Asia and the whole world. Being the nearest borderland to Singapore, Malaysia plays an important role in the region’s gig economy formation. More than that, developed infrastructure and the high level of social standardization make it the target for international companies to hire and develop herein.

Whether you tend to employ a talent for your project or looking for expansion opportunities, we have developed a complete relocation solution to provide work permit sponsorship and immigration support for companies like yours. Acumen International, a global employment organization, experienced numerous situations while providing high-end immigration services in over 190 countries. We have refined the overwhelming processes and created a window of opportunities so that even small businesses felt confident while researching and exploring the prospects of international growth.

We manage all aspects of immigration and ensure compliance with local employment laws and regulations in Malaysia so you to focus on the essential business development tasks. You can benefit from our work permit & immigration support in the following way:

  1. As a long-term solution for expat employment with full legal compliance in a host country
  2. As a transitional solution prior to establishing your own business entity in Malaysia

Solution for global mobility of expats in Malaysia

Acumen International can fulfill any kind of international assignment for various types of expatriates in Malaysia, relieving you of the obligations associated with hiring foreign personnel. We help companies like yours take the first steps toward international growth compliantly and without risk, turning the burdensome immigration process into a practical arrangement that can be adapted to specific needs of your global mobility program. We offer a comprehensive solution to ensure that your international employees get their work permits within the standard timeframe of the immigration processing in Malaysia.

Learn more about terms and documents required for obtaining a work permit in Malaysia below.

Types of employment pass in Malaysia

CategoryDescriptionMajor steps
Employment Pass I
(from 2 to 4 weeks before entering country)
– For longer than 12 months stay;
– Minimum basic monthly salary: RM 10,000;
– Contract duration: up to 5 years.
1. Employment Pass Application (online)
2. Reference Visa (VDR) Consular Application
3. Entry to Malaysia
4. Employment Pass Endorsement
For ICT/MSC positions
1. MDEC Approval
Employment Pass II
(from 2 to 4 weeks before entering country)
– For longer than 12 months stay;
– Minimum basic monthly salary: RM 5,000-9,999;
– Contract duration: up to 2 years.
1. Employment Pass Application (online)
2. Reference Visa (VDR) Consular Application
3. Entry to Malaysia
4. Employment Pass Endorsement
For ICT/MSC positions
1. MDEC Approval
Employment Pass III
(from 1 to 2 months before entering country)
– Up to 12 months stay;
– Minimum basic monthly salary: RM 3,000-4,999;
– Contract duration: up to 12 months.
1. Employment Pass Application (online)
2. Reference Visa (VDR) Consular Application
3. Entry to Malaysia
4. Employment Pass Endorsement
For ICT/MSC positions
1. MDEC Approval

Documents for a work permit in Malaysia

CategoryDescription
Employment Pass I/II/III– One clear copy of all Pages of Passport
– One clear copy of resume/CV
– One clear and certified copy of Highest Educational Certificates
– One clear and translated copy of Additional Diplomas
– One clear copy of Digital Passport Photograph (3.5 cm x 5.0 cm)
– One original of Evidence of legal immigration status*
(For I/II categories)
– One clear copy of Proof of Residence in Country of Application* (For III category)
– Two originals of 3 Passport Photos 3.5cm x 5.0 cm
– One original of Application Form IMM.47
– One original of Passport
– One original of Visa Fee
Additionally for ICT positions: Educational Certificates
(MDEC – standard)

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Malaysia without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Malaysia.

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