Malaysia: Entry Approval Letter Exemptions for Some Work Pass Holders

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points 

  • Certain work pass holders will no longer be required to gain an entry approval letter prior to entering Malaysia  


The government of Malaysia will no longer require an entry approval letter (EAL) for certain work pass holders. Individuals holding the following pass types will be exempt from needing an EAL: 

  • Employment Pass (categories EP, I, II and III); 
  • Dependent Pass (DP); 
  • Professional Visit Pass (PVP); 
  • Long-Term Social Visit Pass; and 
  • Residence Pass-Talent (RPT) and their dependents 

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What are the Changes?  

The government of Malaysia has exempted certain work pass holders from needing to obtain an EAL to apply for a work pass. This exemption is expected to allow for shorter processing times for certain work pass types.  

Looking Ahead  

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

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.