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Returning Expert Programme

Returning Expert Programme (REP)

There’s no better time than now to return home.

Our country needs your help and support to become a high income nation by 2020. To meet this objective, the Returning Expert Programme (REP) will make it easier for you to plan your homecoming.

The REP facilitates the return of Malaysian professionals from abroad to overcome the shortage of professional and technical expert in the country, towards creating a world-class workforce in Malaysia, particularly in the context of driving the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).


At this time, we would like to advise that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be enforced on the car tax exemption accorded to all successful applicants under the Returning Expert Programme (REP). Beginning 1 April 2015, 6% GST will be applied to all invoices issued relating to the purchase of one locally manufactured Complete Knock Down (CKD) or the importation of one Complete Built Up (CBU) (reaching the port on or after 1 April 2015). This tax is separate from the RM150,000 taxes and duties exempted for successful REP applicants.

Eligibility Criteria


For Applicants from All Sectors (except Healthcare)



For Applicants from the Healthcare Sector (Doctors/Dentists)


1 Other healthcare professionals, e.g., pharmacists, nurses, allied health practitioners, etc., are subject to the eligibility criteria for general professionals as well as registration requirements set by the respective professional bodies/regulators, e.g., Pharmacy Board Malaysia, Malaysian Nursing Board, etc.

2 Baseline REP criteria still applies. Additionally, specialists would require different periods of supervised work experience as prescribed by relevant NSR Specialist Committee. Details are available at http://nsr.org.my/criteria1.html.

REP Application Process – Guide

If you have more queries, please contact the REP Secretariat by e-mail at rep@talentcorp.com.my or by telephone at +603 8892 3800 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm – GMT +8 / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia time).

Don’t miss out the Comprehensive Guidelines on REP application here as well.