[Updated]: Malaysia: New ESD Pass Endorsement Process

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

This article was originally published on 6 Dec 2021 and was updated on 20 April 2022 to reflect new information.  

20 April 2022 Update: The government of Malaysia announced that additional options will be made available for obtaining employment passes through the Expatriate Service Division (ESD). The three pathways include the following: 

  • Schedule a walk-in appointment with the eXpats Service Centre.
  • Beginning 18 April 2022, individuals will be able to obtain their pass endorsements at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 1 (KLIA).  
  • This will be permitted for applicants and their dependents who were outside of Malaysia and approved under the Employment Pass Categories I, II and III. As part of this process, companies will receive notification via email and from there will be permitted to download the Confirmation Letter through the eXpats system. Applicants will need to carry the printed Confirmation Letter when obtaining the endorsement pass.   

Key Points  

  • Additional measures have been introduced to the ESD pass endorsement process 


The government of Malaysia released further information on the endorsement process through the Expatriate Service Division (ESD) that took effect on 1 Dec. 2021. Under this process, companies are required to upload endorsement documents online through the eXpats website. Through the new endorsement processes, companies can: 

  • Initiate Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) applications online once the FKW has entered Malaysia and uploaded an entry stamp;
  • Have their Employment Passes delivered by a representative or a company may bring the original passport to the ESD center to be affixed with the pass sticker  

What are the Changes? 

The Expatriate Service Division of Malaysia released additional measures for the ESD pass endorsement process that went into effect on 1 Dec. 2021.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Malaya’s website and Envoy’s website for additional updates and information.  

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