Effective immediately, the salary component allowing only the basic salary will now allow the inclusion of fixed allowances when calculating the total minimum salary.

Criteria on the fixed allowances are as follows:

  • Must be paid monthly;
  • In cash;
  • Stated in the Employment Contract;
  • Must be included in the payslips and have the relevant monthly tax deducted.

The change in calculating the salary will allow foreign knowledge workers to meet minimums in their respective employment pass category in order to apply for accompanying dependents.

Employment Pass Type:

  • Category 1:
    • Minimum salary: 10,000 MYR
    • Employment contract up to 5 years
    • Accompanying dependents allowed
  • Category 2:
    • Minimum salary: 5,000 MYR
    • Employment contract up to 2 years
    • Accompanying dependents allowed
  • Category 3:
    • Minimum salary: 3,000 MYR
    • Employment contract below 12 months
    • Accompanying dependents not allowed

Passports must also now be valid for at least 14 months when submitting an Employment Pass application, rather than the current 13 months.


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.