NEW EMPLOYMENT PASS (CATEGORY III) AVAILABLE ON 15 JULY 2015

30 June 2015

From 15 July 2015, the Ministry of Home Affairs will implement a reclassification of Employment Pass (Category I and II). A new classification, Employment Pass (Category III), will also be introduced.

Category III will cater to those with basic salaries between RM2,500 to RM4,999 and contract period not exceeding 12 months.

Companies who intend to apply for Category III will be required to submit a letter to seek exemption from the minimum salary requirement of RM5,000 from the relevant governing authorities.

There are several Agencies that are responsible for approving and supporting expatriate posts in the relevant sectors. Companies are facilitated according to their respective industry sectors.

Companies that are regulated by an Approving Agency need to submit an approval letter from the relevant Agency for each Employment Pass application (Category I, II and III).

Companies in sectors under the purview of a specific Regulatory Body are required to submit a supporting letter from the relevant Body for each Employment Pass application (Category I, II and III).

Unregulated Sectors

Companies in unregulated sectors (neither under the purview of an Approving Agency or Regulatory Body) are required to submit a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs to seek an exemption from the minimum salary requirement of RM5,000.

Other conditions for EP (Category III) applications include:

For more information, please refer to page 8, 17-20 of the ESD Online Guidebook.