KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 (Bernama) -- The newly-introduced Residence Pass will
help facilitate top foreign talent to commit to Malaysia for a longer term and
contribute to the country''s development, Johan Mahmood Merican, Chief Executive
Officer of Talent Corporation Malaysia Bhd (TalentCorp), said today.
The Residence Pass is a new immigration instrument, which offers a longer
tenure of five to 10 years to reside and work in Malaysia, if compared to the
Employment Pass, which is currently held by most expatriates.
Johan said the Residence Pass, which was launched by Home Affairs Minister
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein last week, also provided greater flexibility
"as it is personal to holder and not tied to a specific employer."
The Residence Pass will also be issued to the spouse and children below 18
years old of successful applicants. This will enable the spouse of successful
applicants to work in Malaysia as well.
In a statement, Johan said the implementation of the Residence Pass was in
line with TalentCorp’s mission to address the talent needs of Malaysia’s
He said the fulfilment of Malaysia''s aspirations to emerge as a high income
economy by 2020 required a diversity of talent and therefore initiatives were
being made to attract both Malaysian professionals working abroad and highly
qualified foreign talent.
As such, the introduction of the Residence Pass would "help facilitate top
foreign talent to commit to Malaysia for a longer term and contribute to our
development”, he said.
For the initial phase of implementation, applicants for the Residence Pass
must currently hold a valid Employment Pass.
The Residence Pass is targeted at world-class talent. To secure approval,
applicants must demonstrate a high level of professional achievement, supported
by possession of relevant qualifications and work experience, especially in key
economic sectors as identified under the Economic Transformation Programme
Johan said TalentCorp, which spearheads Malaysia''s initiative to attract,
nurture and retain world-class talent, would like highly qualified expatriates
in Malaysia to apply for the Residence Pass online at