Effective November 20, 2019, companies that are registered with

the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) can start to apply for their

2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for Employment

Passes (EP) and Professional Visit Passes (PVP).

Companies that intend to employ foreign nationals in Malaysia in

2020 must have the projection approved before any EP or PVP

applications can be submitted to ESD. Applications must be made

online via the ESD portal with the company's login ID. The

standard processing time for FKW projection is approximately 5-10

working days from the date of submission. The timeline may stretch

depending on the volume of cases waiting to be processed and

approved by the agency. The timeline is also subject to follow-up

requests for additional information or documents, especially if the

company submits a high-volume FKW projection for 2020. Employers

should also remember that the current unused balance of their 2019

projection will not be carried forward for 2020.

Companies registered with ESD and intending to employ foreign

nationals in Malaysia in 2020 should ensure that they provide the

required information and documents in support of their projection

application as soon as possible, to avoid any delay.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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