Updated: Oct 12
If you are not Sarawakian, you will require one of the following visas to live and/or work in Sarawak. This includes West Malaysians and Sabahans who wish to live and/or work in Sarawak. There are many reasons why people migrate to Sarawak. It may be for family reasons such as marriage, work or retirement.
If you are moving to Sarawak for work, the following passes are available for you to live and work in Sarawak.
Professional Pass -- For persons on short term employment, consultancy, training or apprenticeship. The professional pass is issued for 6 months at a time. You may apply at the Visa, Pas and Permit division in Ibu Pejabat Jabatan Imigresen Sarawak, Simpang Tiga. The visa is non-renewable. For extensions, you will have to make a new application each time.
Employment Pass 1 & 2 -- For expatriates working for corporations or partnerships in Sarawak. The minimum salary requirement for Employment Pass 2 holders is RM3,000 monthly, while the minimum salary requirement for Employment Pass 1 holders is RM5,000 monthly. These passes are issued by the Expatriate Services Division at Ibu Pejabat, Jabatan Imigresen Sarawak, Simpang Tiga. You may apply for a yearly permit or a two year permit. This visa is renewable for up to 10 years. You are also eligible to bring dependents and hire a domestic worker on the Employment Pass.
If you are moving to Sarawak because you married a Sarawakian, the following visas may apply to you.
Spouse Programme -- Non-Sarawakian spouses who intend to work in Sarawak may apply for the spouse programme with the Expatriate Services Division, at Ibu Pejabat, Jabatan Imigresen Sarawak, Simpang Tiga. The minimum salary requirement is RM2,500 monthly. The sponsoring company will need to be a company limited by shares (Sdn Bhd) with minimum RM250,000 paid up capital. This visa is renewable yearly with an accompanying letter and sworn statement by the Sarawakian spouse of the continuation of marriage.
Long Term Social Visit Pass -- Non-Sarawakian spouses who do not intend to work may apply for the Long Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) in Sarawak. Depending on the nationality of the spouse, the LTSVP may be issued for 6 months up to 5 years at a time. You may apply for this visa at the Visa, Pas and Permit division at Ibu Pejabat, Jabatan Imigresen Sarawak, Simpang Tiga. The visa is renewable yearly with an accompanying letter and sworn statement by the Sarawakian spouse of the continuation of marriage.
Certificate of Status -- Non-Sarawakian Malaysian wives (i.e. West Malaysian or Sabahan wives) are eligible for the Certificate of Status after 2 years of marriage to a Sarawakian spouse. The Certificate of Status will entitle non-Sarawakian Malaysian wives to live and work indefinitely in Sarawak without any renewal process. You may submit this application at the Visa, Pas and Permit division at Ibu Pejabat, Jabatan Imigresen Sarawak Simpang Tiga.
In Sarawak, you can also apply for the S-MM2H visa. This is a long term visa for investors or retirees who want to live in Sarawak. Anyone aged 30 and above can apply for the S-MM2H programme, subject to meeting specific requirements for each age category. Under this visa, you will also be able to hire a domestic worker, own a home and send your children to school in Sarawak. You can apply for this visa with the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia. More information can be found here.
For companies who wish to hire general workers in Sarawak, you will have to apply for the Social Visit (Temporary Work) visa for your general worker through the calling visa process. Depending on the category of general workers you are hiring, different levy payments apply. You will first need an approved quota to hire any non-Sarawakian general workers, including West Malaysians and Sabahans. More information on the labour quota approval process can be found here.
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