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.
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about your specific circumstances.