[Updated] Malaysia: 2023 Quota Projections Process for Employers

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

This article was originally published on 13 October 2022 and was updated on 21 November 2022 to reflect new information.  

21 November 2022 Update: The government of Malaysia announced that the last date to submit projections of expatriates for the year 2022 will be 2 December 2022. To apply for the projection, employers should: 

  • Log into their ESD account and click "Applications" 
  • Click "Projection" (located in the "Setting" tab on the left column of the screen) 
  • Select "Projection Year" 
  • Request "New Projection" 

Key Points  

  • Malaysia’s Expatriate Service Division will now accept projections for Employment Passes and Professional Visit Passes submitted by eligible employers  


The government of Malaysia introduced its 2023 quota projections on 7 October 2022. Employers who are registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) will now be permitted to submit employment quota projections for the issuances and renewal of Employment Passes (EP) and Professional Visit Passes (PVP) for 2023. 

Employers must provide justification for hiring foreign nationals, along with any supporting documents. Additionally, employers should provide information on the total number of local employees and the number of foreign national employees employed in Malaysia.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of Malaysia opened quota projections for 2023 for employers registered with the ESD. According to the government, projections from 2022 on EPs and PVPs will not carry over into 2023. For more information on submitting foreign national employee projections, check here.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Malaysia's website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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