Shaping Better Expat-Related Policies
The first point of contact for companies wanting to employ eligible expatriates.
The Expatriate Services Division (ESD) is spearheaded by the Joint Working Committee – Expatriate (JWC-E), which comprises the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Immigration Department of Malaysia and us, TalentCorp. It is developed to coordinate efforts, and align policies and programmes for improved expat-related policies, so that Malaysia can become a preferred country for investments and skilled expatriates. 

Companies that wish to hire expatriates, first need to register with ESD on-line. Upon approval, only then individual applications for various passes may be made.  

For more information on the ESD and to register your company, go to
facts & figures
June 2014
Launched to improve the process of application and issuance of expatriates' work permits

A one-stop centre for all expatriate-related activities
Enabling data-sharing/cross-referencing
Avoid expatriate ‘approval’ shopping


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What's the difference between ESD and MYXpats?
The ESD, which is under the Immigration Department of Malaysia, was established to provide efficient, effective and innovative services for companies and expatriates to submit expatriate-related immigration matters. MYXpats is the one-stop centre to facilitate the processing of Employment Pass, Professional Visit Pass and related passes.
Where is the ESD located? What is its operating hours?
The ESD is located at the Immigration Department of Malaysia, Level 3 (Podium), No.15 Persiaran Perdana, Presint 2, 62550 Putrajaya. It is open from Monday to Friday at 8:30am to 4:30pm. The ESD adheres to federal and Wilayah Persekutuan state gazetted public holidays.
How do I contact the ESD?
You can e-mail or visit for more information.
Is my company eligible to register with the ESD?
There are two requirements needed before companies can proceed with the ESD registration. Click here for information on the requirements.
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