Effective December 5, 2018, all new and renewal Employment Pass (EP) and Dependent Pass (DP) applications for companies with pre-approved positions under the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) must be submitted via the online Expatriate Services Division (ESD) portal, rather than manually at the Immigration Unit at MIDA.

  • The ESD registration procedure includes several steps, and at least two months should be allowed to complete it.
  • All pending applications submitted before December 5, 2018 will continue to be processed manually and the subsequent endorsements will be processed at MIDA.
  • This change was announced unexpectedly on December 3, 2018.

Action Items

Employers who have previously submitted immigration applications via the Immigration Unit at MIDA, and are not registered with the ESD, should begin the ESD registration process as soon as possible.  Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact their immigration specialist for case-specific advice.


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.