Malaysia Work Visa/Permit

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


If you wish to work and reside in Malaysia for more than 3 months, a work permit is required. Work permits in Malaysia are usually obtained by the employer.

The processing time for work visa may take from 6-12 weeks from the application day.

You can bring your spouse and kids with you.

The general application process is :

  1. Get the employment letter or Work contract from the employer in Malaysia

  2. Prepare your visa application and gather other required documents for it.

  3. Apply for a Work visa and prepare to move to Malaysia



12 month(s)



120 Month(s)



Based on Nationality


P. Residency

60 Month(s)


Processing time

2 to 3 Week(s)




What are eligibility requirements for the Malaysia Work Visa/Permit?

8 Eligibility Requirements

  • Your employers must get the PASS Immigration Security Clearance (ISC)
  • Your employers must apply to the Immigration Department for a Visa with Reference (VDR) approval before employing foreign workers
  • You need a valid Passport for at least 18 months
  • You need to undergo medical tests
  • You must possess the required skill/experience demanded by the job offered
  • You need insurance policy of Health Insurance Protection Scheme Foreign Workers (SPIKPA)
  • Additional requirements might be present. Please check with your employer for details.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Malaysia Work Visa/Permit?

6 Document Required

  • Visa application form, completed and signed
  • Approval letter from Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Original receipt of payment of visa fee
  • IM.12 and IM.38 Forms, completed and signed
  • Security bond - deposits / insurance guarantee / bank guarantee (insurance guarantee must be stamped and valid for at least 18 months )
  • Additional requirements might be present. Please check with your employer for details.

Talent Migration data for Malaysia

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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