Time really flies and without realizing, I have been residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on a long term social visit pass (LTSVP), formerly also known as the spouse pass, for the past year. As mentioned in my earlier post last year, the LTSVP which the Malaysian immigration has granted me is only valid for one (1) year. Having said that, this means that it is finally time for me to go through all the complicated paperwork again to renew my LTSVP.
Comparing to my initial application, the renewal or extension process for the LTSVP is much more simpler, faster and straightforward. The entire process should not take you more than 3 days to complete. In fact, for those who have applied for a one year extension, you would be able to collect your extended LTSVP on the application day itself. I would strongly recommend you to visit the immigration office as early as possible if you wish to collect your extended LTSVP on the same day as your application. However, for those who have requested for more than one year of extension, you would need to wait for at least 3 days before you could collect your renewed LTSVP from the immigration office.
Although my application for a four (4) years extension was successful, eventually I still decided to go for a one (1) year visa for this year as I could not afford to take any day off from my work again. But since I am aware about this now, I shall plan my leave well and apply for a three (3) years LTSVP next year.
To avoid the crowds, my husband and I arrived at the Jalan Duta immigration office before 9 am in the morning. However, as mentioned in my earlier post, the LTSVP application has to be submitted at any state immigration offices in Malaysia. Thus it is important for you to check whether the immigration office which you are intending to visit is the correct one.
Upon arrival, head straight to the "Pass and Permit division,'' which is located right at the end of second floor. Once you are at the "Pass and Permit division", please proceed to the reception counter to obtain a number ticket. The immigration officer at that counter will then ask for your purpose of visit before handing you some forms to fill in while waiting for your number to be called.
You are required to get the list of documents below ready before you proceed to submit your LTSVP application to the immigration officer at the counter.
Extension Of Long Term Social Visit Pass (Spouse Pass)
1. Form Imm 55 and Imm 38
As I mentioned in earlier post, Imm 55 is not required for me as this is only for people who need a visa extension urgently in order to remain in Malaysia while waiting for their LTSVP application to be approved. For my case, I am only required to fill up the Imm 38 form only.
2. Surat Akuan form
Once you have filled up the Surat Akuan form, you are required to visit the Commissioner of Oath to obtain the authorized stamp and signature. In case you did not know, the Commissioner of Oath is just conveniently located at the ground floor of the Jalan Duta immigration office.
3. Original and copy of Mykad of Malaysian spouse (all pages)
4. Original and copy of passport of foreign spouse (all pages)
5. Original and copy of all your previous LTSVP
6. 1 passport photo of Malaysian spouse
7. 1 passport photo of foreign spouse
8. Original and copy of birth certificates if you have children
However, please note it is a requirement to have your husband around with you when you are called to submit the documents to the immigration officer. If not, you will be asked to visit again when your husband is around with you.
Also, please note that you can start submitting your renewal application as early as two weeks before your current LTSVP expires. To play safe, I would really recommend you to renew your LTSVP as early as possible.
Extension Of Work Endorsement
Apart from renewing my LTSVP, I have also requested for a renewed work endorsement as well in order for me to remain in my employment. Personally, I feel that the process in renewing my work endorsement is a little bit more complicated, tedious and troublesome than the LTSVP renewal.
Below is a list of documents to prepare if you have the intention in extending your work endorsement too. However, if this is your first time applying for a work endorsement, please refer to my earlier post, "Marrying A Malaysian Part 2: Obtaining A Long Term Social Visit Pass (Spouse Pass)."
1. Employment letter
2. Stamped employment contact (stamp duty RM 10)
Before you submit your work endorsement to the immigration office, please get your company to prepare an amended employment contract for you. Although your employment terms and condition might remain the same, the date of your contract should be amended to the most current date. If not, be prepared to have a penalty fee imposed on you when you headed to the Income Tax office to get your employment contract stamped.
Just because I am not aware of this, I have to bear an additional penalty fee of RM50 due to late stamping. The employment contract which my company has gave me was dated in April. However, my application for renewal of my work endorsement was in September. Even though I might not know about this rule, I guess I have no choice but to pay for the penalty imposed for the late stamping.
So, to avoid that, I will strongly advise you to bring along an amended employment contract dated to the most current date. Why pay extra when you do not need to.
3. Company forms 9, 24 & 49
To be provided by employed
Unlike the first time, I actually submitted the application to renew my LTSVP and work endorsement together on the same day. So, after I have submitted all the required documents to the immigration officer at the counter, I was asked to wait for my number to be called again. However, this time is for me to make my payment for my renewed LTSVP. The amount to pay was RM 90 for a one (1) year extension, which was so much cheaper than my initial LTSVP. The reason being, unlike the first time, I am not required to pay the RM 200 security bond again this time.
After I have made my payment at the counter, I am asked to wait for my number to be called again. That was when I can finally collect my passport from the immigration office. The entire process only took me half a day to complete and my passport has now been updated with a new LTSVP sticker and work endorsement stamp. Of course, both of which comes with a validity of one (1) year.
I guess I have documented most of the details for my LTSVP application in this post. Just in case I have missed out anything, please feel free to email me to clarify. 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 Malaysia: Marrying A Malaysia Part 1
2. Apply for a Long Term Social Visit Pass (Spouse pass) with a work endorsement: Marrying A Malaysian Part 2: Obtaining A Long Term Social Visit Pass (Spouse Pass)
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