Employer Registration Process

Published date20 January 2023
Subject MatterEmployment and HR, Immigration, Employee Rights/ Labour Relations, General Immigration, Work Visas
Law FirmEnvoy Global, Inc.
AuthorMr Jessie Butchley

Key Points

  • Malaysia will require employers to register with the appropriate government authorities as part of the process for hiring foreign national employees


The government of Malaysia will require employers of expatriate and foreign knowledge workers (FKW) to obtain an approval letter from the Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM) or provide proof of registration with the JTKSM when submitting Work Pass Projections beginning 1 February 2023.

Registration can be completed through the Government of Malaysia's JTKSM website. Some impacted application types include:

  • Foreign workers holding Temporary Employment Visit Passes (PLKS)s in the manufacturing, services, plantation, agriculture construction, mining and quarry sectors.
  • Expatriates or those holding employment passes or skilled worker passes.
  • Passes with permission to work - Student Pass, Resident Pass Malaysia My Second Home Program (MM2H) & Malaysia Premium Visa Program (PVIP)
  • Other Pass categories - Foreign Fisherman, Ship Crew, Cooks Traditional passes (Thai citizens in bordering...

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