The Residence Pass – Talent (RP-T) was introduced in April 2011 by the Malaysian Government. It aims to attract and retain top talent in the country with a range of benefits. The Economic Transformation Programme is anticipated to create more than 3 million jobs in the National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) by 2020, and the RP-T will be offered to highly qualified expatriates seeking to continue living and working in Malaysia on a long-term basis.
Holders of the RP-T can enjoy these benefits.
Am I Eligible?
Yes, you are if you meet the following requirements:
- High-achieving individuals with the capacity to drive business results that contribute towards Malaysia’s economic transformation.
- Have worked in Malaysia for 3 years.
- Holds a valid Employment Pass at the time of application.
- Holds a PhD/Master’s/Degree or Diploma in any discipline from a recognised university or a professional/competency certificate from a recognised professional institute.
- Possess 5 years of total work experience.
- Earns a gross taxable income of RM144,000 per annum.
- Have an income tax file number in Malaysia and have paid income tax for at least 2 years.
How to Apply
Find details on types of Visa offered by the Malaysian Immigration Department here.
Read more about RP-T from its participants.
After moving his family from Sri Lanka to Nigeria, London and Australia, Chetiya Thivanka Rangala is grateful for the Residence Pass as it gives his family stability, and other perks!
Kushan Arosha Wijewickrama has been in Malaysia for the past two years. He loves living here and for that, is grateful that the Residence Pass offers him a 10-year visa as he’ll get to enjoy Malaysia for longer!
Bart Van Hoek has been living in Malaysia for 19 years. Having experienced the days before the Residence Pass was introduced, he is happy how much easier life is now that he has it.
Chief Operating Officer of Maxis Communication Group, Jean Pascal Emmanuel Dominique Van Overbeke considers Malaysia to be paradise.
Molly Jagpal is the Executive Director of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia. A Residence Pass-Talent holder, she has high praise for the Residence Pass and Malaysia.
John Miller, the CEO of iPerintis Sdn Bhd, is a holder of the Residence Pass and finds it a great initiative as it provides his family with stability and flexibility.
A self-described global citizen, Mr. Ashok has seen and lived in enough countries around the world to recognise Malaysia’s potential to be truly great.
Dr. Marie-Aimée Tourres is an economist and educator. Having been in Malaysia for 13 years, she is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Universiti Malaya.
Stuart L. Dean is the CEO of GE ASEAN. He has lived in Malaysia for 10 years but still finds it a place that has a lot to offer for both leisure and work.
Mona Kalu is geo-scientist based in Miri, Sarawak. She moved to Malaysia over 7 years ago and has found the RP-T to be a blessing.
Adachi Yoshikazu has worked and lived in Bahrain, Hong Kong and London. He moved to Kuala Lumpur in 2009 and finds working here to be a fulfilling experience.