The airport immigration authorities in Malaysia have recently begun refusing permission to exit to foreign national permit holders who have a new passport but have not yet transferred their permit.

Holders of permits including Employment Pass, Dependent Pass, Professional Visit Pass, Student Pass and Long-Term Social Visit Pass who have new passports but have not completed Transfer of Endorsement (TOE) procedures will not be allowed to exit Malaysia, even if they have begun the process and can present a submission acknowledgement from the immigration authorities at Putrajaya.

Below are the current estimated processing times for transfer of endorsement procedures at the different processing agencies:

  • ESD (Putrajaya & MYXpats Centre): 3-5 working days
  • MDEC (MSC & ICT): 3-5 working days
  • TalentCorp (RP-T): 14-20 working days

Employers should ensure that permit holders with new passports must complete the transfer of endorsement procedures before making any travel plans.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.