Employment of Foreign Workers in Malaysia

Updated: Employment of Foreign Workers in Malaysia is permitted in Manufacturing, Construction, Service, Plantation and Agriculture.

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Kementerian Dalam Negeri (Ministry of Home Affairs) also called as KDN is the prime authority for foreign workers approval to live and work in Malaysia.

Our In-house experts and Professional staff submit the application in perfect order to KDN for foreign Workers approvals after going through complete documentation checklist and process, to get the work done within a short span of time.

Our Client base is the classic example of what we boast of in getting the permissions for employment of workers quota who are eager and enthusiastic to live and work in Malaysia.

Our Expertise in foreign worker quota approvals:

  • Approval for foreign workers
    • General Workers for Hotels, Restaurant, Malls, Super Markets, Hospital, Condominium, Golf Courses, Race Course, Ware House.
    • Housekeeping staff for Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Golf Resorts.
    • Factory Workers for Manufacturing Industries.
    • Semi-Skilled and Skilled Industrial Workers for Infrastructure Projects, Big Industrial Houses and Manufacturing Industries.
    • Plantation Workers to work in Palm Oil fields and other related to the plantation.
    • Agricultural Workers to work in fields for cultivation of Vegetables, Fruits, and other related.
    • Manufacturing industry like production operator, General Labour.
    • Security Guards most importantly Nepali security Personnel( the Trusted Security officers around the world).
  • Approval for professional (DP10, DP11)


Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the sectors allowed to employ foreign workers?

A: The sectors allowed are:
(a) Manufacturing Sector
(b) Construction Sector
(c) Plantation Sector
(d) Agriculture Sector
(e) Services Sector
(i) Restaurant sub-sector (cooks only)
(ii) Cleaning and sanitation sub-sector
(iii) Resort island sub-sector

How much is the levy payment for each approved worker?

A: The levy payment rate for each approved worker varies according to sector.
After obtaining approval, the employer must make levy payment according to the following rates:
(i) Manufacturing sector RM 1,250
(ii) Construction sector RM 1,250
(iii) Plantation sector RM 590
(iv) Agriculture sector RM 410
(v) Services sector
(a) Restaurant (cooks) RM 1,850 
(b) Cleaning and sanitation  RM 1,850
(c) Resort islands  RM 1,250

What countries are the approved sources for employing foreign workers?

A: Employment of foreign workers from source countries:
1. Thailand
2. Cambodia
3. Nepal
4. Laos
5. Vietnam
6. Pakistan
7. Sri Lanka
8. Myanmar
9. Turksmenistan
10. Uzbekistan
11. Kazakhstan

Are workers from India allowed to work in the manufacturing sector?

No, Indian workers are allowed to work only in the Service sector (Restuarant), Construction sector (high tension cables), Agriculture sector and Plantation sector.

Are male workers from Indonesia allowed to work in the manufacturing sector?

No. Male workers from Indonesia are allowed to work in all sectors except the Manufacturing sector, while female workers from Indonesia are allowed to work in all sectors.

What is the duration taken to obtain a decision on an application?

A complete application which satisfies all the conditions stipulated in the checklist will be processed and a decision given on the same day.

When does an employer need to make the levy payment and how?

The employer whose foreign worker application has been approved will receive 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 Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia.

What are the sectors allowed if an employer recruits foreign workers from outsourcing companies?

The govt has abolished outsourcing of workers since 01-01-2018.

Are foreign workers allowed to work as cashiers?

No. Foreign workers are not allowed to work as front-line workers.

What is the criteria in determining the number of foreign workers allowed?

Approval for the intake of foreign workers is given based on the actual requirement of the employer/company.

Source: foreign worker / foreign Worker Management

Foreign worker employment under Program Rekalibrasi