Frequently Asked Question
┬á┬á 1. Q: What sectors are allowed to employ foreign workers?
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á A: The approved sectors are as follows:
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (a)┬á Manufacturing;
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (b)┬á Construction;
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (c)┬á Plantation;
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (d)┬á Agriculture; and
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (e)┬á Services
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (i) Restaurant sub-sector (cooks only)
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (ii) Cleaning and sanitation sub-sector
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (iii) Resort island sub-sector
2. Q: What is the levy payment rate for each approved worker?
┬á┬á┬á A: The levy payment rate for each approved worker varies according to sector. After┬á obtaining approval, the employer must make levy payment according to the following┬á rates:
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (i)┬á Manufacturing sector┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á RM 1,250
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (ii) Construction sector┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á RM 1,250
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (iii) Plantation sector┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á RM┬á┬á 590
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (iv) Agriculture sector┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á RM┬á┬á410
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (v) Services sector┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (a) Restaurant (cooks)┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á RM 1,850┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (b) Cleaning and sanitation ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á RM 1,850
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á (c) Resort islands ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á RM 1,250
3. Q: What are the approved source countries for foreign workers?
┬á┬á┬á A: Intake of foreign workers from the following source countries are allowed:
┬á┬á 1. Thailand
┬á┬á 2. Cambodia
┬á┬á 3. Myanmar
┬á┬á 4. Laos
┬á┬á 5. Vietnam
┬á┬á 6. Kazakhstan
┬á┬á 7. Nepal
┬á┬á 8. Pakistan
┬á┬á 9. Sri Lanka
┬á 10. Turkmenistan
┬á 11. Uzbekistan
4. Q: Are foreign workers from India allowed to work in the manufacturing sector?
┬á┬á┬á A: No. Workers from India are allowed to work only in the services sector (restaurants only), construction sector (high tension cables), agriculture sector and plantation sector.
┬á5. Q: Are male workers from Indonesia allowed to work in the manufacturing sector?
┬á┬á┬á┬á A: No. Male workers from Indonesia are allowed to work in all sectors except the┬á manufacturing sector, while female workers from Indonesia are allowed to work in all sectors.
┬á6. Q: What is the length of time taken to obtain a decision on an application?
┬á┬á┬á┬á A: A complete application which satisfies all the conditions stipulated in the checklist will be processed and a decision given on the same day.
┬á7. Q: When does an employer need to make the levy payment and how?
┬á┬á┬á┬á A: The employer whose foreign worker application has been approved will receive┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á approval certification and must make the levy payment within 48 hours of the date of approval.
Payment should be made in the form of a bank draft in the name of ÔÇÿKetua Pengarah Jabatan Imigresen MalaysiaÔÇÖ.
8. Q: What are the sectors allowed if an employer recruits foreign workers from outsourcing companies?
┬á┬á┬á┬á A: Outsourcing companies are allowed to supply and manage foreign workers only for the manufacturing, plantation and agriculture sectors.
9. Q: Are foreign workers allowed to work as cashiers?
┬á┬á┬á┬á A: No. Foreign workers are not allowed to work as front-line workers.
10. Q: What is the criterion in determining the number of foreign workers allowed?
┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á A: Approval for the intake of foreign workers is given based on the actual requirement of the employer/company.