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Changing jobs in Malaysia


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By Subhash Khaskel - Posted on
14 November 2011
as an expat what is the minimum time we need to work for an employer before changing job?
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If you're on an Employment Pass the minimum period of employment in Malaysia is two years, but this figure can change depending on the industry sector you are in. In which sector are you working? If you're on a temporary employment pass, this minimum does not apply. If you're living in Malaysia on a professional visit pass, you have to work for the company who employed you, you're not allowed to be directly employed by a Malaysian company. Which visa are you there on?

Furthermore, if you wish to change jobs and have one of the first two types of passes, there's a minimum three month "cooling-off" period that's enforced, though this chunk of time can be waived by the MID if your current employer signs a release letter or if proper justification is made. 
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Good after noon. Present time I am working as technical manager. For last five years, but now my company no more project. Is possible. Can I change my job. To diffrent company and apply for new work permit. Tq. From. Thozhukkattu suresh

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Hi Anonymous

You are probably classified as a foreign worker, which means that you cannot be in the country for more than five years or change employer unless you have special permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs. I don't think it is possible, but you should make an appointment at the Ministry of Home Affairs to see what your options are.
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hi all,

I work in software industry and will be joining a MSC (Malaysia Status company). I will be working on employment pass. I am a foreign worker.

I would like to know, that can I switch job if any other company. The current offer letter mentions that the employment can be terminated either my me or my company giving 2 months notice.

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Hi,
I am from Bangalore,India. I got a job offer of RM5000 per month from AM Bank Group as a Software Test Engineer. I have a overall experience of 2years 7months in India. Is the salary offered was considerable? What kind of VISA I will get for exactly 5000RM, Employment Pass or Temporary Employment Pass?

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anonymous @17:35
your sal is lesser, living cost for expats is not cheaper as you would expect, your expenditure may be 2000 to 4000 depending on sharing or individual stay. work and get experience of another 3 yrs and then try for salary above 10 to 20K for better savings, but living conditions here are better than your everyday struggle in bangalore...

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i want to change the jobbut my employment pass is valid till jan 2014. Is there any coolingperiod. What is the differene between noc nad relaese letter. I mycurrent employer not provide the noc or release letter. Plz advice what to do to join innew jo

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dear frnds !
I am working with one company in Malaysia,I have an offer with other ,how do I change my visa from current to the other? plz advice..!

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Hi there,
I am planning to change my employer in Malaysia. I've heard that I need to get a release letter but some say that is no loger required. can anyone update me on this matter?

thank
Naser

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i got an offer from one chemical company
i got the offer.

they told me that they applied for my visa but still immigration has not come to their office.

the employer asked me to wait for the immigration approval.

how it will take.

it is new company under construction

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