Sunday, December 22, 2013

Marrying A Malaysian Part 2 : Obtaining a Long term Social Visit Pass (Spouse Pass) Malaysia

Hey everyone! Sorry for the long absence. For the past 2 months, I have been busy settling down and adapting my new life in Kuala Lumpur (K.L), Malaysia. I promised I will be back with my regular posts from now on. If anyone of us wish to read about certain topic or issue, please drop me a comment or email. I will be very happy to research and write about it.

Okay, back to the post, as I have mentioned in one of my previous post, Marrying A Malaysia Part 1, I have legally registered my marriage to my Malaysian husband in K.L back in September. Currently, I am residing in K.L on a one year long term social visit pass (LTSVP), previously known as the spouse pass. Apart from that, another good news is I have also managed to secure a stable job in this entirely new city after having my work endorsement application granted by the Immigration Office.

As such, similar as before, I am documenting my experience in preparing all the necessary documents here for people who are in the same situation as me. Hopefully, I will be able to guide you through the whole complicated process in obtaining a LTSVP in order to reside and work permanently in Malaysia.

So why do you apply for a LTSVP, but not a permanent resident (PR)? This is due to the immigration laws of Malaysia. Different from Singapore or many other countries, a foreign spouse can only start applying for PR status after holding a LTSP for at least 5 years. Of course, he/she must remain be legally married to a Malaysia citizen in order to apply for a LTSVP.

Compared to those foreign spouses who married Malaysian many years ago, I must say I am a very lucky one. Thanks to the various changes made in the immigration laws in 2010, the application process has now be simplified and straightforward.

The LTSVP application must be submitted at any state immigration office, "Pass and Permit division".  In my case,  I did my application at the Jalan Duta office. The entire process will take a week to complete.

However, before you proceed to any state immigration office, I suggest having the documents listed below prepared to prevent a wasted trip.

1. Original and copy of Mykad of Malaysian spouse (all pages) - 2 copies

2. Original and copy of passport of foreign spouse (all pages) - 2 copies

3. 2 passport photo of Malaysian spouse

4. 2 passport photo of foreign spouse

5. 4R size wedding photo
You will need to paste your wedding photo in the center of a piece of A4 plain paper.

6. Original and copy of marriage certificate (Malaysia or foreign if married overseas)
If you have registered your marriage overseas, there are extra steps to complete before you could proceed for the LTSVP application.

7. Form Imm 12, Form Imm 55 & Form Imm 38 (2 copies each)
These forms cannot be downloaded online. Please Q up at the reception desk at the "Pass and Permit division" to get the forms from the immigration officer.

However, for me, Form Imm 55 is not required for me. This is for people who need to ask for a visa extension to remain in Malaysia while waiting for their LTSVP to be approved.

Once you have gotten the form from the officer at the reception desk, please fill them up accordingly. The forms are in Bahasa Malayu. For LTSVP application, I will really recommend for the Malaysian spouse to tag along during the whole process.

After you filled up the forms, please proceed to the Commissioner of Oaths office. There is one located at the ground floor in the Jalan Duta Office. Pass them the forms for them to do some stamping. This will cost you RM10. In the case where you do not know how to fill in some parts of the form, please do not worry. The officers at the Commissioner of Oaths office will be able to help you to complete them at a fee. If I did not remember wrongly, it cost another RM10.

After having everything above completed, please proceed back to the "Pass and Permit division". Get a number ticket from the reception desk. Submit all the documents to the immigration officer once your number is called. You will be given a receipt and ask to go back again a week later.

You are required to pay an amount as security bond before collecting your LTSP. The amount varies depending on your country of origin. You could refer here for the rate.

Normally, the initial LTSVP will run from 6 months to a year depending which country you are from. In the case for Singaporean, I am granted with a initial LTSVP of a year.

Work endorsement

For foreign spouses who wish to work or who has already found a job, please prepare the following documents listed below for your work endorsement application. The application itself should be simple and fast. In addition, it is free of charge.
 
1. Passport of foreign spouse (original & copy)

2. IC of Malaysian spouse (original & copy)

3. Resume/CV

4. Job offer letter

5. Stamped employment contract (Stamp Duty 10RM)
Please get your employment contract stamped at the Income Tax Office. The stamping will cost you RM 10. However, I paid RM 30 to the officer at the Commissioner of Oath office to have them bring the document to the Income Tax office for me.

6.Company forms 9, 24 & 49
To be provided by your employer

7. Company License
For certain industry only. I am not sure which industry required this. Please check.

8. Letter of application
Get this from the officer from the reception desk at the "Pass and Permit division".

9. Letter from husband if Malaysian citizen is male to allow female spouse to work
I simply typed a letter out and got my husband to sign on it.

The work endorsement application can be submitted together with your LTSVP application if ou have already found a job or after your LTSVP application has been approved. The whole process will take you only 3 working days.

So far, working in Malaysia is not bad thing for me. However, for foreign spouses who wish to be employed, there are a few things to note:

1. Paper qualifications are quite important and crucial in securing a well paying job. However, it is not as important as compared to Singapore.

2. For those who managed to get employed, please be prepared that 26% of your monthly income will be taxed. According to the taxation laws in Malaysia, foreigners will only become a tax resident after he/she has continously reside in the country for more than 183 days.

Having live in Singapore, which I believe has one of the lowest tax rate in the world for all my life, this came as a big surprise for me. However, I could only silently accept this and pray that time will pass faster.

3. You might face a lot of problems while looking for a job due to visa issues. As most of the employers are still unfamilar with the LTSVP, they might be reluctant to even offer you a chance for an interview. My only advice is not to give up on hope and keep applying for as many jobs as possible. Explain to the employers if they asked about the LTSVP and convince them that you have no problems in getting employed.

This post is solely based on my experience. The approval of your LTSVP is subjected to the immigration office. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop a comment here. I will try my best to help you.

For foreign spouse who plans to marry and reside in Malaysia on a long term basis, you may wish to learn more about the following topics too. If you are interested to know how to:

1. Register your marriage in MalaysiaMarrying A Malaysia Part 1

2. Extend your LTSVP and work endorsement: Marrying A Malaysian Part 3: How To Extend Long Term Social Visit Pass (Spouse Pass)

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105 comments:

  1. Hello, may i ask the detail about security bond please? Can i paid the amount in cash? Or Immigration Office only accept the cheque under Malaysia Bank?

    Do we need to submit income proof? I'm no working for a years as planning to establish own business. Can we substitute this with the bank saving amount, properties (House, Car which has paid full) to show the sponsor's financial status are eligible to support living?

    My wife currently are working in Singapore and plan to work in Malaysia if the LTSVP done. Do we need to get Work Endorsement first before we find and working in Malaysia? In this case, we won't be able provide the employment letter or offer that listed.

    Do we really need to submit every single document that listed or some may no longer require since the simplified act has change? Or case to case basic? Like "Statutory Declaration marriage" has not been mentioned here but was listed on the Immigration website. Child Birth Cert not applicable since we don't have children yet.Right?

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    1. Hi, I supposed you are a Malaysian and your wife is a Singaporean? Correct me if I am wrong. Now to answer your questions:

      1. I paid my security bond in cash since the amount was not huge. For Singaporean, this only cost me RM 200 + RM 90 for a one year visa. But I am not sure what is the case for other nationalities.

      2. For me, I was never asked to submit any proof of income, bank statement or anything to prove my Malaysian spouse's financial status. My husband and I moved back from Singapore to KL without a job or any savings. But still, I managed to get my LTSVP application approved.

      3.No, you cannot apply for a work endorsement without securing a job first. Even if you applied, the immigration office will not grant you with that endorsement. You will be asked to go back to resubmit your application only after you havr gotten a job.

      4. Yes, you will need to submit every document listed here. Statutory Declaration Marriage is one of the form which the immigrant officer will pass to you to fill up when you visited their office. After you have filled up, bring the form and your marriage certificate along to get it stamped by the Commission of Oaths before submitting back to the immigration officer.

      The process will get more complicated and tedious if you did not register your marriage in Malaysia. If you are holding an overseas marriage certificate, I believe you are required to get some extra stamping done before applying fir a LTSVP.

      As for birth certificate, it is not required if you do not have any children.

      I hope these answer your questions.

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  2. Hello elin, it's good to get your reply and your Blog definitely would help alot of couples. Just to share with you I'm Malaysian from Johor while my wife's nationality are Republic of China. We both been working in Singapore for 7 years and was ROM in JPN Johor in 2013. We been gone through series of tough test of journey from Embassy of Malaysia in China, and some endorsement and approval from Putrajaya Immigration HQ before have the ROM done and at the last marriage ceremony in church.

    For your information, all the application related to PRChina will refer to Putrajaya Immigration HQ. According to list, security bond for China is RM1500. Do we have the option just to paid in cash (because i saw some other related topic blog mentioned they don't accept cash?) Where we paid this? On the designated counter on the same place? This have to be done upon submit document or after upon come back collection after a week.

    The IM. 12 must be in type. Canno5 filled the form with hand writing?

    Commisioner of Oath can be at the same buiding? When i apply ROM there is office on ground floor handle this matters. Do you able provide some information regard this?


    I'm heading Putrajaya this Friday. Your speedy answer is very appreciated. Thank you very mych.

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    1. I am not sure whether Putrajaya accept cash. I saw other related blog mentioning that they do not accept cash payment as well. Initially I was worried but lucky the immigration office in Jalan Duta accepted cash as a payment. But just to let you know. RM1500 is only for security bond and does not include the fee for the LTSVP. F


      If I am not wrong, I believe China nationality would only be granted a inital 6 months LTSVP instead of one year. For me, I got a one year LTSVP, which cost RM 90 each year. So after 6 months, you have be back at Putrajaya to renew that LTSVP. It will be difficult to secure a job with just a 6 months LTSVP.

      You only make payment when you are back to collect the LTSVP. There should be a counter at the same place for your to make payment. The immigration officer will instruct you what to do.

      I filled up all the forms in handwriting and did not encounter any problem for that. In fact, all the applicants filled up the forms in handwriting too.

      I am not whether the Commission of Oath is in the same building since I have never been to Putrajaya before. For Jalan Duta, it is in the same building.

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  3. Hello, can we filled the form IM.12 , 38, 55 with Hand Writing?

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  4. Dear elin, you're very efficient, plus your answer are very detail and clear. We own you one big favor from you. Many many thank to you. =]

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  5. Hi Elin, the 4R size wedding photo is it just need 1pc or several pcs ? you mentioned that if the marriage is register overseas there are extra steps to complete, do you know what are these steps ?

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    1. Hi, you just need 1 pc of the 4R size wedding Photo. For those registered their marriage overseas, make sure you have registered your foreign marriage with Registrars of Marriage Malaysia within 6 months after your overseas marriage. If you are late, you have to pay a penalty fee of RM 100 for the first year and RM 50 for each subsequent year. If your marriage certificate is not in English, please get it translated.n After that, you have get a Extract of your marriage from JPN office Putrajaya. I believe this is most of it. I do not know the details. It will be good to check with the relevant authorities or do some research.

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  6. Hi Elin,

    I'm a Hong Kong girl and going to marry a Malaysian guy on 30 Jan 2015. I moved to KL in mid Dec 2014 and have definitely suffered the complicated process in applying for visa extension after ROM application. Officer advised me to go Singapore once and enter into Malaysia again in order to get eligibility for staying more 30 days when I asked to extend my visa and planned to wait till 30 Jan (I was said that they can extend 30 days but it changes the version to 7 days when I took action to apply).

    Anyway, I've been back from SG now and going to apply for LTSVP on 3 Feb, according to your post, it will take 7 working days, it means I have to go back for collection around 11 or 12 Feb. But my visa will expire on 9 or 10 Feb. Aiiiiii........I wonder if I need to fill in and submit Form Imm 55 on 3 Feb? As you know, how many days do they usually grant for Malaysian spouses?

    Another question is if I need to take official wedding photo in 4R size? Do you know the definition of "Wedding Photo"?

    One more question is if the security bond will be refunded when LTSVP is granted?

    Can't imagine how much will suffer for visa issue from now onwards. Thanks in advance Elin!!!!

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    1. Hi,
      To answer your questions,

      1. Yes, you need to fill in and submit Form Imm 55 when you applied your LTSVP on 3rd Feb. If I am not wrong, you will be required to pay an extra extension fee for this. I believe you would get a visa extension of 1 month.

      2. I didn't have any wedding photo, so I asked my family to help us snap one at home. The link attached below is the photo I sent in.
      http://elinchow.blogspot.com/2014/09/our-1st-wedding-anniversary-my.html

      3.No. The security bond will not be refunded after your LTSVP is granted. You will have to pay an additional RM90 if you managed to get a one year LTSVP.

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  7. hi Elin,

    Greetings to you. I'm Malaysian and my husband is Indian origin. Currently we are staying in Kuwait as my husband works there. We plan to relocate to Malaysia soon. Before that my husband would like to apply for long term Malaysian visa as for now he visit Malaysia on visit visa. Is there anything you can help? Appreciate & thank you in advance.

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    1. Hi, I am not sure how I can help you. You may leave any of your queries here and I would try my best to answer them.

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  8. Hi Elin,

    I'm the Hong Kong girl who had a post to you on 13 JAN 2015. Thanks a million for your prompt reply.

    I am curious and worried for another issue right now which is about eligibility for work in Malaysia. I heard from someone here who said I am eligible for working in 6 months later upon successfully granted me a LTSVP. Let's say I will be granted it as expected in early Feb 2015, which means i am allowed to work around AUG to SEP 2015? OMG!!! If it is true, it will be bad for me to stay jobless for so long.

    How about your case? Can you share yours to me? Thanks in advance for your reply and sharing.

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    1. Hi, I have heard about this before and initially, I feel worried like you too. But then, this is not the case for me. I got my LTSVP in Sep and started working in Nov. I have no problem getting the job endorsement from the immigration office just two months after I got my LTSVP. I am not sure whether your case will be the same as mine, but I think it should not differ too much. One thing I am sure is I got an initial one year LTSVP whereas a china spouse is only granted 6 months. With a 6 months LTSVP, employer will be very reluctant to hire you. In fact, I have encountered lots of difficulties finding a job in Malaysia due to many other factors even though I have a one year LTSVP.

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  9. Hi Elin,

    Thanks for your reply. I am worried another problem is that I have no driving license but going to learn it here. Do you have license before moving into Malaysia? I think this is one of the factors before employers decide to hire me or not.

    The Hong Kong Girl

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    1. Hi, I have a Singapore driving license but I could not really drive. Until now, I do not understand how I managed to pass my driving test in the first place. lol Having one does not help you on securing a job. It just provide you the convieniece and flexibility while you are looking for a job, especially if you do not live in KL. For me, I travel on the LRT to work everyday. So, having a driving license or not is not very important to me.

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  10. Hi Elin,

    I went to immigration office to apply for LTSVP and the officer replied me that I will be granted six months visa only. Moreover, I am not allowed to work during these six months. So sad and disappointed when heard of it.

    Meanwhile, I asked for extension for my visa (expired on 10 Feb 2015) in order to wait for LTSVP , the officer did not allow and asked me to come once again on 10 Feb and see if the process of application for LTSVP has been completed. I am able to apply for extension (only 7 days) if the process has not yet completed.

    Just for sharing.....so frustrated!!!!

    The Hong Kong Girl

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    1. Hi.
      Sorry for the late reply! What I understand is China nationality is only granted six months visa. I didn't know that you are not allowed to work during this period too. Thanks for sharing with me. I know it can be very frustrating, but don't give up. As long as you have your husband supporting you, I believe everything will eventually turn out fine. Please share more of your experience with me so that I could share it out with people who are in similar situations with us too. Wish you good luck and most importantly, don't give up!

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  11. HI Elin,

    Will you have an idea if the process is the same if want to apply LTSVP for my daughter who is only 1 year old. Do i need to apply for myself also before i can apply for my daughter? or i can only apply for her.

    (Just a brief backgroup, my husband is a Malaysian and I'm singaporean, and my daughter is taken care by my MIL in Malaysia, so would like to apply LTSVP for her but not for myself).

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  12. Hi Elin,

    Let suppose if i have 1 year visa nnd same 1 year work endorsement and i will change my job so do i have have to get a new work endorsement or old one will be valid?
    and second is there any employer name/address or anything related to employer written on ur work endorsement stamp? or its just a general work stamp for any job.

    thanks

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  13. I am. Malaysian and my husband is Greek. His initial application for LTSVP, he was only grated 6 months which i believe was due to the fact that we were married for less than 6 months. With a 6 months visa, employment is not allowed and it is stated in the VIsa.

    Our process is also slightly different as my husbands documents were all in Greek so there was a need to get them professionally translated, certified by the Greek Consulate in KL and then by the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Putrajaya.

    To also add as i saw this question was posted earlier, there is a Commissioner of Oath in Putrajaya located on the Ground floor at the Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara building.

    Hope this helps!

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    1. Hi Sharon, it doesn't matter how long you are married as initial application for LTSVP only run for 6 months. Only Singaporeans are granted a year LTVSP. I have no problem getting myself employed right after my LTVSP is granted. The challenging part will be to convince your potential employer to hire a foreigner.

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  14. My potential son-in-law came from Syria two years ago legally but overstayed. If he marries my daughter can he get a LTSVP or will they simply kick him out of the country / put him in a detention center, or what? He has a valid Syrian passport, recently renewed. Obviously I am reluctant to grant marriage permission under circumstances in which his status here would remain uncertain.

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  15. Im vietnamese married malaysian Chinese 7 years already i got long term pass so can i work in Singapore n live there weekly back jb 1time .thank for your help

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  16. Hi Elin,

    During the process of applying, do you need to reside in Malaysia all the time? I am recently residing in Johor but working in Singapore, back in 2012 we tried to apply for LTSVP but different officer are telling different version about applying it.

    Anyway, I was told that I could not leave Malaysia during the period of application. In my case, I need to go to work daily? So I was told that on top of the security bond, I need to pay additional RM500 should I leave Malaysia. Is this true? I recalled that even for the oath commisioner I paid for about RM100++ and after going back for another round to the immigration. I was told that on top of the security bond, I need to pay additional RM500 should I leave Malaysia. Is this true? I was fed up with the different comments from those officer and decided to get MACS instead.

    But recently, one of the immigration officer noted that I am married to a Malaysian and should report and get LTSVP. My MACS is expiring and I am worried I would not be able to renew it.

    Do you stay in Malaysia through out your LTVSP application?

    Thank you
    Regards,
    Anny

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    1. Hi Anny,
      I did not leave Malaysia throughout my LTSVP application. It is true that you could not leave the country until your application is approved. You will need to take at least one week leave to do the application. I am not sure about the RM500+ penalty. It might be true.

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  17. Hi Elin,
    I'm a Malaysian and my wife are Cambodian, we are going to get the marriage certificate on 17th Aug but due to my wife travel visit pass will expire on 19th Aug, any faster way to apply for the LTSVP? Looking forward your guide. Thanks

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    1. Hi Tan,
      There is no faster way to apply for the LTSVP. I will suggest your wife to visit Singapore and re-enter into Malaysia again. This will help to extend her stay in Malaysia. Send in her application for the LTSVP immediately once she re-enter into Malaysia. The entire process will take about a week.

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  18. Hi, I'm the Hong Kong girl who always dropped you comments before. How is your life? I have encountered so many frustrating issues in the past 6 months (such as driving learning) and finally renewed my LTVP yesterday. However, a statement in the visa confused me a lot which is "Any form of employment is strictly prohibited", I wonder if I am unable to work due to this statement? or things can be changed if I have letter of offer and employment contract for endorsement to work?

    As per the officer who granted me the first 6 months of LTVP, I was unable to work. So therefore, I have just started my job hunting for a week upon renewal of my visa. The process is definitely disappointing.

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    1. Hi Janice,

      I am doing well. I can totally understand your frustration as I have experienced the same things before too. But don't give up. You have to keep on trying and I believe success will be on your way. Now, to answer your questions,

      The statement that stated "Any form of employment is strictly prohibited" will be removed once you are granted an endorsement to work. Your passport will be updated with a new stamp that grant you the permission to work. So you don't have to worry too much about that. The most challenging part is to secure a job in Malaysia, where employers are unfamiliar with the LTSVP. You have to convince them that you will settle the visa on your own. And for your information, you do not need to contribute to EPF. This will help the employer to save extra cost.

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  19. Hi Elin,
    Thanks for the suggestion. I'm planning to apply the LTSVP at Johor, kindly let me know what are the documents and forms that needed? And where can download those forms?
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Tan,
      I have already listed everything in details in this blog post. You cannot download the forms. The forms have to be obtained from the immigration office. To apply, you have to visit the state immigration office in Johor. Not the usual one where you make your passport or Mykad.

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  20. Hi Elin,

    Thanks for your prompt reply and your information.

    Before moving, I did read some information about EPF on foreign employees. Unbelievable and daren't read more which must deter me. You said "you do not need to contribute to EPF" in the reply. It means the employer doesn't need to contribute EPF on me? for the whole employment period or certain period only?

    The policies imposed on foreigners are really bad here. I am thinking I may go back Hong Kong for career if I am unable to get a job here by end of this year.

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    1. Hi Janice,
      Yes, the employer do not need to contribute EPF for you. You also do not need to deduct EPF from your salary. Until you become PR of Malaysia. I agree that the policies imposed on foreigners are really bad in Malaysia. But everything has its pros and cons. Has you discuss about this issue with your husband? You may explore other alternatives like working online if money is not an issue for you. It will not be easy to separate with your husband if you are going back to Hong Kong.

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  21. Hi Elin,
    I have a doubt regarding the foreign spouse passport that you listed above which require 2 copies with all pages, does it means I have to photocopy 2 sets of the whole passport even it's blank pages?
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Tan,
      No, you just need to photocopy the page with the photo and also the page with the arrival stamp.

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  22. Hi elin,

    I have just process my application, now everything seems to be so easy. Everything is boleh boleh, so apparently now during processing I can still go out from Malaysia with no issue. Processing takes about a week.

    But they charged processing fee of RM515, deposit and visa fee of RM105 for 6 months. Is that the same as yours?

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    1. Hi Siatni,

      That's really good to hear from you. I only paid RM 200 for security bond and RM 90 for a one year visa during my initial application. I think there is an increase in the visa fee recently. But increasing from RM 90 to RM 105 is a bit too much (GST 6% is only RM 5.40).

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  23. Hi
    I am planning to register my marriage to my Malaysian wife in November 2015. I will be on a work permit during that time. Should i / Can i apply for LTSVP as well. If i have a work permit, will be it easier to apply for work endorsement too.

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    1. Hi,
      You will have to go through the same process for applying the work endorsement even if you have a work permit. Please prepare all the necessary documents I have listed in this blog post before you visit the immigration for your LTSVP application.

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  24. Thanks Elin... So as i understand, even with a work permit, i can apply for LTSVP (even though it would say not allowed to work in the visa). Would that be right?

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  25. Hi Elin,

    What a nice written blog you have here. I'm a Malaysian guy with Singapore PR and married to a Filipino girl.
    Currently we residing in Singapore but decided to stay in Malaysia soon so I need to apply her Malaysian LTSVP. May I know the one week processing time is include non working day or strictly 7 work days?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi,

      If I didn't remember wrongly, it is 7 working days.

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  26. Hi Elin,

    I'm Indonesian who currently working under Employment Pass. Next week I'll marry my Malaysian boyfriend. I would like to ask once you holding LTSVP, do you still need to pay for the 26% tax? Because I'm thinking to convert my EP to LTSVP (after 6 months of my marriage), but if already got LTSVP then still deduct tax 26%, make as well I don't change my EP.

    Thanks in advance.

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  27. Hi Elin,

    I referred your blog when I was applying for my husband's LTSVP! Thanks!

    I've been told to come back 1 month later to collect the LTSVP. Do we need to check the status of the application during this hiatus? Also, do you know what time of the day do we go back to the immigration office to collect the LTSVP? Do we need to go there again super early in the morning to get a number?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi,
      You do not need to check the status of application during the 1 month. I would suggest that you go early to get a number

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  28. Hi Elin. Yessssaaa!!! Finally i found a singaporean married to a malaysian man blog. I am in a similar situation as urs. Married to a malaysian man but was told a different story at the immigration dept side abt me obtaining the LTSVP. Anyway to cut the long story short, I am going to the Shah Alam Immigration Dept to submit my application tomorrow 8th dec. As u mention in ur blog, Singaporeans only need to pay RM200+RM90 in total right? And as for the LTSVP for singaporeans, is it confirm dat we will get a 1 yr LTSVP? Based on the check list given, we have to produce 4 pcs of passport sized photo for foreign wife n 2 pcs for malaysian husband.Do i have to paste it on the form itself first or it will be done there by the staff? Once application submited, are we allowed to go out of malaysia cos Im going back to singapore on the 12th dec to attend my bro's engagement ceremony but will be returning to kl again on the 15th.

    Thanks dear friend..!!

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    1. Hi,

      Yes, that was the price I paid 2 years ago. I was granted a one year LTSVP. But I am not sure whether this will apply to all Singaporeans. Have you gotten all the forms? If yes, you can paste your photos on them. If not, you can paste it on the day of your application. You are allowed to leave Malaysia after your application.

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  29. Yup. All forms are filled up, stamp by the commissioner of oath accordingly .. simply said all set n ready. Hopefully everything will go smoothly tomorrow. Wish me luck..!!

    Thanks again from a fellow singaporean in Selangor.

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  30. Elin, hello!
    I am planning to marry a Malaysian citizen and move from the USA to Penang. I should not be confident in moving unless I had the LTSVP. How much time do you think I should allow to marry in ML and get the LTSVP issued? (I have concluded it is best for me to do everything in Malaysia, not marry in the USA.) Employment for me is not important as I am retired with a pension. Also: is the LTSVP picked up in person only ? I need to plan the length of my stay; this is mainly why I ask. Then I will return to the US to arrange for the move.
    Thanks!
    George in Virginia
    "The Tiny Chapel"

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    1. hi "The Tiny Chapel"

      I've been through the entire process in the early of this year, while I'm base in Kuala Lumpur. Hopes it would help.

      (1) Firstly, where you get married is not big deal. To get a Malaysia Marriage Certificate is compulsory for your visa application. That's because Malaysia requires to re-register marriage for Malaysian if getting married oversea not exceed than 6 months from date of marriage. Perhaps visit your nearest Malaysia High Comm/Embassy would be good.
      **please refer to http://www.jpn.gov.my/en/perkhidmatan/pendaftaran-semula-perkahwinan-bagi-pasangan-bukan-islam-yang-telah-didaftarkan-mengikut-undang-undang-negara-asing-pada-atau-selepas-01-03-1982/


      (2)second step, you will need move to Malaysia to apply LTSVP in person at immigration office. Both husband and wife MUST present at the time of application and you will get a visa at the same day. The documents required are pretty straight forward, Please refer to:http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/main-services/pass/7-perkhidmatan-utama/278-required-documents.
      Tip 1 ** your Malaysia spouse MUST be your sponsor. you will produce his/her income statement/bank statement. As you mentioned, you're retired age. cash in his/her bank account would be fair enough (unless he/she would produce evidence of income/fund).
      Tip 2 ** Residence address is the evidence of a place where you both physically live together. It's basically for purpose of "fake marriage". It would be the best to produce the latest electricity bill/water bill/telephone bill/land tax bill or assessment bill (if owning property) which it clearly shows the name of your Malaysian spouse.
      Tip 3 ** For some other documents, you will need run to Inland Revenue Board for stamping security bond form and commissioner of Oaths for affixing a statutory declaration.
      (3)Third, for American you're allowed to enter into Malaysia within 90days via a visitor visa. You should be get everything done within 90 days.
      (4) Never be the end, I would personally advise you to appoint a runner/agent paying some fees to be "hassle free", just penny in dollar.
      GOOd Luck

      Best wishes,
      JEssie

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    2. CORRECTION
      For person applying in Putrajaya, processing is within the same date.
      IN ADDTIONAL
      1) initial Visa is granted for 6months. It depends on your nationality.
      2) you might grant 1 year visa for first time renewal. It depends on many factors, kids, duration in Malaysia, employment and financial statement.

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  31. Dear friend,
    CHECKLIST items 16 and 17 highlighted that rental house contract and utility bills and photo of infront house,need to attach for get the long term social visit pass.
    Already i (indian) married malaysian woman last june2015 and registered the marriage in malaysia and got certificate. but still never apply LTSVP.
    PL ANSWERE my doubt. FEB 2016 i going to apply for ltsvp.
    EMAIL: subra2009subra@gmail.com

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  32. hi Elin,

    perhaps you've a idea of LTSVP for parents-in-law (foreigner)? there is no mentioned in immigration site. or anyone else would help?

    Best wishes
    JEssie

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    1. Hi there,

      There is no specific category for foreign parents-in-law. massive system, poor management, but you might read the category under a category B as link: http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/main-services/pass/7-perkhidmatan-utama/278-required-documents

      Perhaps MM2H would be best.

      Hope it helps.

      Cheers

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  33. Hi elin..
    I am indonesian single mom with 8yO son..
    I have a boyfriend, pakistani and now working in malaysia..
    We will marry soon, after marriage we planning to stay in malaysia..
    I want to ask some question to u :
    1. If i stay in malaysia, which visa i need to apply?
    2. And if i want to take my son with me, is that possible?
    3. Do i need any requirements to stay in malaysia?
    Thanks for your help..
    _mommy_

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  34. Hi Elin,

    I have 3 questions.

    1) You mentioned foreign wedding cert required additional steps. For your case, do you need to submit your sg wedding cert and is translation required?

    2)How long do you wait till you received your LTSVP after paid for the security bond (which is one week after you submit application)? This concern my wife whether to get an extension to her visa as her initial single entry is only valid for 30 days.

    3) Proof of income required? spouse bank statement?

    Appreciate your comments so I can prepare upfront.

    Thanks in advance Elin

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    1. Hi,
      To answer your questions:

      1) I registered my marriage in Malaysia. Thus, I did not have a Singapore marriage cert. This is why I keep advising people to register their marriage in Malaysia if they plan to apply for LTSVP Malaysia.

      2) You will receive your LTSVP on the day you paid for the security bond and visa fee.

      3)I did not submit proof of income and bank statement. But it may vary for different people

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  35. Hi elin chow,
    I am a divorced lady by my ex-husband from Malaysia . we have four child of 12,10,8,6 years old . all child's have Malaysian IC. Now I am holder of ltsvp . it will expire soon .
    How can I get long term visa to stay with my child.
    Childms are living with me in Malaysia .
    Wish your best advice .
    Thanks
    Ms. Banana

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  36. Hi,

    I have a copy of the work endorsement form and I just noticed that it is stated there:

    9. Kelayakan permohonan adalah untuk pas jangka masa panjang sekurang-kurangnya 12 BULAN
    (Eligibility of the application is for long term pass at least 12 MONTHS)

    This effectively means that you cannot apply for work endorsement if your current pass is only 6 months which some here get the first time they apply for ltsvp. Is there any other option?

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    1. Hi,
      I am not sure about 6 months visa. But I have heard that you are not allowed to work if you have a 6 months visa. I think it will better that you check with the immigration office.

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  37. Elin, I have a work-permit in Malaysia, and been here for 3 years. I have resigned from my current job, and I'd like to stay in Malaysia for another six months to find a proper job. How can i get a 6-month social visa, without a spouse?

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  38. Hi Elin, your blogs give me so much information. thanks for ur share. I have a question. In my case. My nationality is Pakistani and I married with malaysia girl in ipoh and our marriage is registered in malaysia.

    now I am working in KSA and she is working in KL .. each time i need to take visiting visa to visit her. and right now I do not have any plan to shift my work in malaysia. what you suggest me what type of visa i will apply and it will be gud for us to apply for any other type of visa or anything which will help us in future ???

    thanks.

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  39. Hi Elin,

    Thanks for sharing this information.
    Do you have any experience of applying for Singapore baby to stay in Malaysia?
    Father a Malaysian, Mother a Singaporean, baby Singaporean...
    TIA.

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  40. Hi,
    Just to share. I'm Indonesian married to Malaysian guy. My initial visa is 6 months. I renew my visa 28days b4 expired bcoz i ady got job offer. So when i renew, immigration asked me to make a letter why do i need to renew earlier. Luckily immigration approved my visa to 1yr visa. I get it on the same day. Even it's 1yr visa still stated "any form of employment is prohibited". Due to i ady prepared offer letter and other documents required, on the same day i apply work endorsement. The process took 3 days. The passport will stamp permission to work and the word "any form of employment is prohibited" will be strikethrough. Btw i heard that immigration can give 6months visa for few times. Don't know for what reason.

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  41. Hi,
    I have a Malaysian GF, i am from Pakistan. We soon going to marry,Kindly advise us to where we got marry so that i could obtained long term visa for Malaysia. What is the best suitable way.

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  42. Can I ask you one question. The LTSVP holders can work in Singapore or can't

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  43. Can I ask you one question. The LTSVP holders can work in Singapore or can't. Malaysia government allow to work for these holders.

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  44. Can I ask you one question. The LTSVP holders can work in Singapore or can't. Malaysia government allow to work for these holders.

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    1. You cannot work in Singapore with Malaysia LTSVP. You will need to apply work permit in Singapore.

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  45. Hi Elin,
    Since you are now living in Malaysia and working here, can you apply for a personal bank account?

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    1. Hi,
      Yes, I have two personal bank accounts here in Malaysia

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    2. Oh ok.. May I know what documents they need? Just employment contract is sufficient?

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    3. Different banks have different requirements. One of it need my husband to be my sponsor and also employment contract. Another just need a letter from my company.

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  46. Hi elin,may i asking after u obtain ltvp,above u mention before yes is allowed to leave malaysia after the application. But was it needed to applying entry permit b4 leave malaysia? Or the ltvp already can work same as visa in order to going back malaysia?

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    1. Hi,

      Yes, you are allowed to leave Malaysia after your application is approved. The LTSVP will be your visa and entry permit to enter and stay in Malaysia.

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  47. Hi elin! Your post has been so helpful for me regarding the registration of my marriage. I'm a Singaporean and my husband is Malaysian. We have successful married with the help of your blog post. We are currently going to move towards getting a LTSVP. U mentioned the need for a wedding photo. What kind of photo is that? Do we have to get a proper formal shoot at the photo shops or I can just submit a couple photo with us looking very formal in it? Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you! -Fungmei

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    1. Hi, I asked someone to take a couple photo for us looking formal in it. This is the photo I submitted: http://elinchow.blogspot.com/2014/09/our-1st-wedding-anniversary-my.html?m=1

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  48. Hi elin! I'm unable to open the link u sent in your reply. Is there another way I could view it?

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    1. Hi, you have to copy and paste the link in a new window.

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  49. Hi Elin
    The 510myr processing fee only applies if you needed a visa to enter the country to begin with.
    I want to know why it takes 2 weeks to get in the first place. What are they checking?

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    1. Hi Kristeen,

      I am not sure because I do not need a visa to enter the country.

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  50. My actual concern is why does this process take 2 weeks. Is it simply a protocol or do they check background and other things. They didnt ask to see any financials. Just curious.

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  51. Hi Elin,

    Thanks for the detailed info given, I was only given 5 months LTSVP initially.

    I do have a question, I've got conflicting information on my rights to work, some say you can, while some said cannot. My plan is now, apply for jobs as usual, and only find out when I apply for work endorsement. I guess this would be the way to go, would you agree so?

    Thanks,
    Alex

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  52. Hi...I am from SG too. Wife is Malaysian citizen. But my first long term visa only valid for 6mths. I guess they treat the sexes differently when issuing the length of visa. The first renewal will be based on the passport validity (according to the immigration officer) so I cant apply for 5yr extension just yet :(

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  53. Hi Elin,
    Thanks for the detailed given. I just married with Malaysian Boys inJuly2016. Ive register my married in Malaysia and last week i went to Immigration in Shah alam, but they was rejected me. According to them, i need to waiting for 6 month after the married so after that i can apply it? How about? same process with you?

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  54. Hi,
    I'm from Malaysia. My Russian husband will come back with me to Malaysia for registration Long term Visa. After the application of Long term Visa granted, he still need to go back his country and come back again to Malaysia?
    Thanks ;)

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    1. Hi,
      Your husband do not need to go back to his country again once the application is granted. He will be allowed to stay in Malaysia for the approved period.

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  55. Hi Elin

    I'm in a similar situation with you I'm a Singaporean and married to a Malaysian. Planning to live in KL together with him and my in laws. I am not too worried on the length of stay but rather, I'm pretty concerned is on whether I can get a job in Malaysia itself?

    How do you find a job in Malaysia? What's the requirement etc?

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  56. Hi Chanel,

    Be prepared to face lots of challenges when you are looking for a job in KL. There are no requirement, rather it is more about a matter of luck. I believe part of the reason why I can find a job in KL is because I am in the accounting line. It is always easier to find an accounting job anywhere in the world.

    I look for jobs on Jobstreet, just like in Singapore, right after I got my LTSVP. It took months to find a job. But most importantly, do not give up. Keep applying and I believe you will eventually find a job.

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  57. Hi Elin
    I'm planning to marry a Malaysian but I've already staying in Malaysia, I using MAC to entry but it's expiring, will there be any problem for me to entry to Singapore?

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  58. Hi,

    I am not sure about MAC. Are you a Singaporean?

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  59. My case headache, Im Malaysian & also SPR ROM with my foreigner wife from China. We both currently work in Singapore. Now, my wife pregnant & need to apply new LTSVP for delivery child in Msia. Under the Msia Imigresen Law, foreigner spouse who works in Spore was not qualification for LTSVP application right will get reject during interview right? Got any excuses like pregnancy? What should i do? My foreigner spouse must quit her job? Got any agent for doing on LTSVP application? Or got any special Pregnancy or Medical pass for pregnant?

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    1. I did not attend any interview for my LTSVP application. I have never heard that foreign spouses are not allowed to apply for LTSVP if they work in Singapore. My mum works in Singapore too, but is allowed to apply for one. Have you check with the Immigration?

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    2. My situation is similar. Both of us are working in Singapore. However, we are hoping to obtain the LTSVP before moving back to Malaysia. Did you manage to apply LTSVP for your wife?

      To Elin: Your mum applied for LTSVP? But that was probably many years ago?

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  60. Hi Elin,

    Thank you for the great information provided. I have just got my 1 year LTSVP and is now looking for a job.

    Had several successful interview sessions but were later turned down as they mentioned some difficulties dealing with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD).

    My question is, can local companies here hire LTSVP employee like local employees? Since we are required to apply for the work endorsement ourselves. Or do they need to apply any special permit from the government before hiring?

    I was frustrated being turned down because of documentation work and not because of my qualifications.

    Thanks.


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    1. Hi,

      Local companies can hire LTSVP employees like local employees. They do not have to deal with the ESD because LTSVP holders have their own permit to work. You just need to submit the documents to apply for the work endorsement after you secured the job. Perhaps you can explain the procedures to them.

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  61. Hi Elin,
    I got married in China recently , can i use the china married photos for my submission to putrajaya for the LTSVP. (Photo in our married booklet)
    Thank you
    Richard

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  62. Hi Elin,

    Have followed what you said and i finally got myself a job !

    The next thing is I am from JB.

    How long will they take to get the work endorsement done ?

    Since we already have our LTSVP. Will the endorsement done on the spot ?

    Or we need to surrender our passport and come back some other day ?

    Thanks.

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  63. Hi,

    The work endorsement can be done on the spot. Bring along all the documents required and you should get your work endorsement on the same day.

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  64. Hi Elin,
    Im happy that i found your blog. I hope you can help me.
    I currently staying now in Jb on a tourist visa. Im here to process our docs for marriage.
    My question is that, is it possible to extend my stay here in malaysia while were waiting for our schedule for wedding?
    Ms Elin, please let me know

    Teresa

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  65. Hi Elin,

    Your post has been really helpful to me. However, I've got one question to ask you. Hope you can help me clarify this.
    Would I be able to travel out of Malaysia after the visa is granted? I heard from someone that I would need to stay back in Malaysia for 6 months even if the visa is granted? It doesn't sounds right, does it?
    Have you traveled out of Malaysia after your visa is granted?

    Regards
    Heidi

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