Last Updated on March 21, 2023
This article was originally published on 16 November 2022 and was updated on 18 November 2022 and 20 March 2023 to reflect new information.
20 March 2023 Update: Effective 17 March 2023, The government of Malaysia began issuing electronic passes (ePass) for the renewal of employment passes (EP) and related passes. According to the announcement, this will apply to the following work authorization types:
- Renewal of Employment Permits;
- Dependent Passes; and
- Long-Term Social Visit Passes (LTSVP)
18 November 2022 Update: The government of Malaysia provided additional information on its new ePass that will launch on 1 December 2022. According to the government announcement, the ePass will also be made available to Long Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) holders. Generally, the processing time of the ePass will be approximately one business day so long as payments are submitted when the renewal is requested.
- Malaysia launched a new electronic pass renewal system for employees with valid Employment Passes beginning 1 December 2022
The government of Malaysia will introduce an electronic pass (ePass) renewal option for Employment Passes on 1 December 2022. Through the government of Malaysia’s Expatriate Services Division (ESD) Online Service, an employee’s sponsoring company can sign in and download the ePass that can be provided to the employee.
Additionally, the ePass can only be issued for renewals of a previous Employment Pass if the employee’s passport information has not changed.
For additional information on the ePass, check here.
What are the Changes?
The government of Malaysia will introduce an ePass service on 1 December 2022 for employers to renew previously approved Employment Passes. According to the government announcement, the purpose of the ePass is to ease the renewal process of an Employment Pass and reduce the number of pages used on an employee’s passport.