Malaysia Economy Corporation (MDEC) has announced that it will introduce more consistent processing times for issuing employment passes.  Additionally, a new online application portal and the new service fees are permitted to be paid online in advance of the application’s submission.

The focal point for all application matters will still be MDEC and they will continue to be in contact with the Immigration Department of Malaysia on the endorsement of passes. 

The revised the processing times are:  

Previous processing times:

  • Stage 1 (approval) - 3 working days
  • Stage 2 (endorsement) - 14-21 working days
  • Stage 1 (ICT approval) - 5 working days
  • Stage 2 (ICT endorsement) - 10-14 working days

New processing times:

  • Stage 1 (approval) - 7 working days
  • Stage 2 (endorsement) - 2 working days
  • Stage 1 (ICT approval) - 7 working days
  • Stage 2 (ICT endorsement) - 2 working days

Effective immediately, payments to MDEC must now be made online through an online payment portal.