Upon obtaining a letter from the respective agencies, the employer can continue with the application for the final decision by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
The Expatriate Services Division (ESD) of Malaysia has extended the Xpats Gateway system to include more sectors, effective 31 July 2023 (Monday).
Following its initial launch on 15 June 2023, the Xpats Gateway system aims to shorten the work permit application process for expatriates. The system streamlines the governance process of approval for Employment Pass (EP) applications, with visa applications and approvals expected to be shortened to five days.
With the latest update, employers under the purview of the following agencies and ministries can now apply for a support letter for their expatriate hiring through the Xpats Gateway system from 31 July 2023:
|1||Manufacturing and selected services sectors||Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)||15 June 2023|
|2||Financial services (Licensed institutions, payment services regulatees and representative offices)||Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM)||15 June 2023|
Securities and derivatives markets
|Securities Commission Malaysia (SC)||15 June 2023|
|4||Companies operating within East Coast||East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC)||15 June 2023|
|5||Healthcare (Field: Traditional and complementary medicine)||Traditional & Complementary Medicine Division, Ministry of Health (MOH)||15 June 2023|
|6||Tourism||Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture (MOTAC)||15 June 2023|
|7||Biotechnology and bio-based sectors||Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (Bioeconomy Corporation)||15 June 2023|
|8||Aviation||Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM)||15 June 2023|
|9||Construction||Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)||15 June 2023|
|10||Education||Ministry of Education (MOE)||15 June 2023|
|11||Mining, quarrying & mineral processing||Department of Mineral & Geoscience (JMG)||15 June 2023|
|12||Women, family & community development-related organisations||Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development (KPWKM)||31 July 2023|
|13||Sports||National Sports Council (MSN)||31 July 2023|
|14||Football||Football Association Malaysia (FAM)||31 July 2023|
|15||Broadcasting||Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), Ministry of Communications & Digital (KKD)||31 July 2023|
|16||Healthcare (Field: Nursing)||Malaysia Nursing Board, Ministry of Health (MOH)||31 July 2023|
|17||Healthcare (Field: Allied health science)||Allied Health Science Division, Ministry of Health (MOH)||31 July 2023|
|18||Film industry||National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS)||31 July 2023|
|19||Architectural||Board of Architect (LAM)||31 July 2023|
|20||Equestrian activities||Equestrian Association of Malaysia (EAM)||31 July 2023|
|21||Horse racing||Malayan Racing Association (MRA)||31 July 2023|
|22||Crops, livestock and aquaculture||Ministry of Agriculture & Food Security Malaysia (MAFS)||Coming Soon|
|22||Healthcare (Field: Medical)||Malaysian Medical Council (MMC), Ministry of Health (MOH)||Coming Soon|
Upon obtaining a letter from the respective agencies, the employer can continue with the application for the final decision by the Immigration Department of Malaysia via the ESD Online. For sectors not listed above, employers may obtain their support letters directly from respective agencies as usual, until the full implementation of Xpats Gateway.
It also should be noted that for other sectors not under the purview of agencies, the employers can apply their expatriate applications directly to ESD Online.
To review the latest developments in the expansion of Xpats Gateway, a working visit to TalentCorp was held on 31 July 2023, led by Secretary General of the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR ) Dato' Seri Ir. Dr. Zaini bin Ujang. Speaking at the event, Thomas Mathew, Group Chief Executive Officer, TalentCorp noted that the cross-ministry and agency collaboration will further strengthen Malaysia's position as a highly skilled talent hub.
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