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A Malaysia Dependent Pass is granted to foreign nationals who have traveled to Malaysia for employment or study purposes. These expatriates can acquire dependent passes for their family members and bring them to Malaysia.

However, not all expatriates who hold an employment or student pass can reunite with their family members in Malaysia. In addition, there are certain conditions and restrictions indicating which family members are eligible to be brought along.

Who is Eligible for a Malaysia Dependent Pass?

Malaysia country dependent passes are given to the family members of certain expatriates. These expatriates must have:

  • An Employment Pass Category 1. Category 1 holders are in key role positions in companies. They earn a monthly salary of at least RM10,000.
  • An Employment Pass Category 2. Category 2 holders are in managerial and professional positions in companies. They earn a monthly salary between RM5,000 and RM9,999.
  • A Malaysia Student Pass. These student pass holders must study in Malaysian educational institutions for a Master’s degree or a Ph.D. degree.

Note:

  1. Holders of the Malaysian passes below are not eligible to apply for a Dependent Pass and bring their family members.
    1. Employment Pass Category 3
    2. Temporary Employment Pass
    3. Professional Visit Pass
  2. Student Pass holders studying for a Bachelor of Art (BA) or lower or studying in a language school are not eligible to apply for a Malaysia Dependent Pass for their family members.

What Family Members Can Come with a Dependent Pass to Malaysia?

Foreign nationals who hold a valid Malaysia Employment Pass can apply for a Dependent Pass Malaysia for their family members. However, not all family members are allowed to come to Malaysia. Expatriates can bring their:

  • Legal spouse (husband or wife)
  • Children under 21 years old ( they can be biological, adopted, or stepchildren)
  • Dependent children (These children must have a physical or mental disability regardless of age that makes them depend on the expatriate)

Student Pass holders can submit an application for a Malaysia Dependent Pass if they want to bring their:

  • Legal spouse (husband or wife)
  • Parents
  • Children under 21 years old ( they can be biological, adopted, or stepchildren)
  • Dependent children (These children must have a physical or mental disability regardless of age that makes them depend on the expatriate)

Note: In case expatriates want to bring their family members below, they must apply for the Malaysia Long Term Social Visit Pass.

  • A common-law or unmarried spouse
  • Dependent parents or parents-in-law
  • Children over 21

What are the Required Documents for a Malaysia Dependent Pass?

The expatriates need to collect the documents below to submit an application for a Malaysia Dependent Pass. Read our article to learn about the general Malaysian visa requirements.

  • Pictures of the applicant (must be two passport-size pictures that were taken recently)
  • A valid passport (must be valid for at least 12 months)
  • Copies of all pages of the family members’ passports. These photocopies must include the cover page, personal information pages, applicants’ previous visas, and empty pages.
  • Evidence of family relationships, such as:
    • Legal spouses: A marriage certificate
    • Children/Parents: Birth certificate
    • Children under 21: A letter of custody for the child
    • Adopted children: Adoption papers
  • A photocopy of the employment pass or student pass
  • Evidence of a paid dependent’s Pass to the Immigration Department through a bank.
  • Copies of IMM.12 and IMM.38 forms. These are Malaysian visa application forms. There must be two copies of either one.
  • Student Pass holders must also:
    • Have personal bonds.
    • Have a letter of confirmation from their educational institution

Note: Copies of the collected marriage and birth certificates must be translated into English. Institut Terjemahan Buku Malaysia or the Embassy or Consulate of the countries where the family members reside in Malaysia must translate the documents.

The documents must also be certified as a True Copy (CTC) either by the Consulate or Embassy of the country where the family members are from in Malaysia.

How Can I Apply for a Malaysia Dependent Pass?

Employment Pass holders are able to apply for the Malaysia Dependent Pass in either of the following situations:

  • Along with an employment pass application
  • After the employment pass has been approved

Foreign nationals and their employers must submit an application for an employment pass through the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

Student Pass holders are able to apply for a Malaysian Dependent Pass only after their student Pass has been issued. Their educational institution is responsible for handling the Malaysia Dependent Pass application on your behalf. They use the EMGS website to submit the applications. The EMGS website is also used to submit student pass applications.

Malaysia Visa Approval Letter for Dependent’s Pass applicants

Malaysia’s Immigration Department must issue a Visa Approval Letter (VAL) for the expatriates’ dependent family members before they can travel to Malaysia. Dependent family members will then have to take the VAL to their nearest Malaysian embassy or consulate to apply for a Malaysia Visa.

Foreigners wishing to enter Malaysia for purposes other than tourism or short-term social visits are required to apply for Visas With Reference to the Malaysian government.

Arriving in Malaysia

Once the dependent family members arrive in Malaysia, they must visit the Immigration Department of Malaysia and submit their passports. At the Immigration Department, they can receive the sticker for a Malaysia dependent pass.

Expatriates need to check with their school or employer in advance. In many cases, the school or employer is responsible for handling the passport submission to receive the Dependent Pass.

How Long is a Malaysia Dependent Pass Valid?

Based on the validity of the expatriates’ employment or student pass, the validity of their family members’ dependent passes will be issued for the same duration. Therefore, dependent passes can be renewed in the same manner as employment or student passes.

Malaysia Dependent Pass Fee

The Dependent Pass allows foreign national family members of Malaysian citizens or expatriates to visit the country.

Malaysia Dependent Pass (DP)Dependent Pass feeRM 90 per year
Dependent Pass processing feeRM 50

Can I Work with a Malaysia Dependent Pass?

The answer is No. A Malaysia dependent pass does not allow its holders to work in Malaysia for the duration of their stay. If the family members are willing to start working, they need to change their dependent pass into an employment pass.

The Bottom Line …

The Malaysian government allows foreign nations to come to the country to study or work to reunite with their family members. However, expatriates need to keep in mind that not all family members can be brought with a dependent family. Dependent family members need to collect certain documents, and expatriates can apply for a dependent pass along with their employment pass or after their employment or student pass is approved.

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