The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has issued a reminder that a Foreign Knowledge Worker or dependent who holds a valid employment pass or dependent pass and obtains a new passport should urgently complete a Transfer of Endorsement (TOE) to the new passport.
However, MDEC highlights three exceptions where a TOE is not required if the current pass is expiring within seven days:
- Renewal of pass – if a new passport is obtained during the pass renewal application;
- Change of job position;
- Change of employer – if cancelation procedures have been completed before a new passport is issued.
In addition, MDEC has announced that, effective immediately, Special Pass applications must be paid for by bank draft, rather than cash as previously. A Special Pass can be obtained if a current employment or dependent pass is expiring or a new pass is being processed, and is valid for 30 days.
Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact a Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.
For general advice and information on immigration and business travel to Malaysia, please contact us.