Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) on June 19, 2014, aimed at streamlining and enhancing the immigration’s delivery service for expatriates.
The Government is firmly committed to improve the business environment and making it easier for companies and investors to attract the employees they need. Today’s launch of the Expatriate Services Division is an example of our commitment.
“In the past, companies had to wait for more than a month to secure approval for employment passses. Going forward, the Immigration Department will commit to a client charter of five working days to process employment pass applications by companies registered with the ESD,” he added.
The Prime Minister also engaged in a dialogue session with heads of foreign chambers of commerce and leading corporations in relation to the facilitation and retention of top foreign talent in Malaysia.
Attract and facilitate global talent
ESD policy formulation and mandate
By listening to industry needs, TalentCorp, Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) and Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM) as well as nine other approving agencies collaborated to form a Joint Working Committee–Expatriate (JWC-E). The JWC-E was established in April 2012 after being endorsed by the Economic Council, chaired by the Prime Minister to oversee all expatriate-related matters and implementation. The JWC-E is co-chaired by TalentCorp and MOHA.
“The aims of the Joint Working Committee- Expatriate (JWC-E) at a broad level are to coordinate all expatriate-related programmes and policies, work to attract and retain expatriates, while simplifying the processes for companies and expatriates alike. One major success is the transformation of the Expatriate Services Division, Immigration Department of Malaysia, which brings a customer-centric approach in public service delivery. This transformation will help in streamlining processes and introduce initiatives to attract talent.” – Datuk Seri Mohamad Khalid Shariff, Home Ministry secretary-general