MSC Malaysia status and ICT companies who are registered with

the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) can start to apply

for their 2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for

Employment Passes from December 3, 2019.

How does it work?

  • Multimedia Super Corridor Malaysia

    (MSC Malaysia) status companies and Information Communication

    Technology (ICT) companies registered with MDEC who intend to

    employ foreign nationals in Malaysia in 2020 must have the

    projection approved before any Employment Pass applications can be


  • Applications must be made online via

    MDEC's eXpats portal with the company's respective login


  • The standard processing time for FKW

    projection is approximately 5-10 working days from the date of

    submission. This timeline is also subject to follow-up requests

    from MDEC for additional information or documents especially if the

    company submits a high-volume FKW projection for 2020.

  • Information required for the

    projection includes the total number of Malaysian staff and foreign

    staff employed by the company, the projection request for new and

    renewal Employment Passes and a justification for this


  • MDEC has requested that only

    companies requiring FKW projection for the first quarter of 2020

    proceed with their submission at this time, while other companies

    should file their projection request as and when required,

    throughout 2020. However, any MSC or ICT status companies can

    submit their projection from December 3, 2019, and MDEC is expected

    to review requests according to their processing capacity.

  • In the meantime, the submission

    window for FKW projection for 2019 is still open until December 14,


  • Note that unused balance of 2019 FKW

    projection will be forfeited by December 31, 2019.

MSC Malaysia status and ICT companies registered with MDEC 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. Employers who may be affected are encouraged to

contact an immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

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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