Malaysia: New Application Features and Processing Fees for Expatriate Employment

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points  

  • The Expatriate Services Division (ESD) announced new application features in the ESD portal and an increase in application/processing fees beginning Nov. 15, 2021  


On Oct. 1, 2021, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) announced new application features in the ESD portal and an increase in application and processing fees beginning Nov. 15, 2021. The following new features will be introduced in November:  

  • Opening of online endorsement and online payment methods will be available through the ESD portal in order to reduce the need for in-person visits and physical documents 
  • Ability to upload documents online for endorsement process with all notifications related to endorsement being sent through the portal   
  • Newly established ESD Satellite Centre (ESC) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 1 (KLIA 1) to endorse approved passes for eligible pass holders 

What are the Changes?  

With these new updates, employers and employees should expect an overall improvement in the procedures and processes, especially with the introduction of online applications for cancellation of professional visit passes and the endorsement of passes itself.  

Looking Ahead 

ESD plans to release further detailed guidelines closer to the effective date. Continue to check the Expatriate Services Division website for these updated details and Envoy’s website for further information.  


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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.