For Malaysians Who Are Away From Home
It's not just about the benefits, it's about being the building blocks and pillars Malaysia needs to realise her potential.
With Malaysia’s economy progressing tremendously, we believe that our Returning Expert Programme can encourage Malaysian professionals abroad to bring home their invaluable experiences, skill sets, knowledge, and intercultural abilities they have gained from their time abroad to help create a world-class workforce right here in Malaysia.

As such, we are committed to offering attractive living and financial incentives to help returning Malaysian talents settle in quickly and seamlessly.
Malaysian professionals who wish to apply for the Returning Expert Programme must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • A Malaysian citizen
  • Currently residing outside of Malaysia and has been employed abroad continuously for at least 3 years at the time of application
  • Has not earned employment income of any sort in Malaysia continuously for at least 3 years leading to the time of application
  • Does not hold any outstanding scholarship bond or loan with the Malaysian Government and its agencies
Find out the full list of eligibility criteria here.
facts & figures
approvals from 2011 to 2016
Top 5 Professions
Engineers, Bankers/Financiers, Senior Management, Business Services Specialists, Doctors
Top 5 Countries
Singapore, China, UK, Australia, USA

Exercise an optional 15% flat tax rate on chargeable employment income for a period of five consecutive years
Fast track your foreign spouse and children’s PR status upon receipt of completed PR application forms by Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia
Be exempted from tax for all personal effects brought into Malaysia (limited to one shipment)
Be exempted for duties/tax for up to a maximum of RM150,000 when purchasing one locally manufactured Complete Knocked Down (CKD) or bringing back a fully imported Complete Built Up (CBU) car per application


Do I qualify for the REP?
The baseline eligibility criteria for REP applications for all sectors, including healthcare, is available on-line. Click here for the full list.
When should I apply for the REP?
You need to submit your application BEFORE returning to Malaysia, while you are still residing and employed abroad. Find out the list of eligibility criteria here.
How long does the REP application take?
It usually takes up to 45 days for the whole process from application until notification is sent to the applicants.
Do I need to pay to apply for the REP?
Currently, there is no fee on the application for the REP.
I am eligible for the REP. However I do not have a job in Malaysia yet.
For certain sectors, we can help connect you with leading employers in Malaysia to discover new career opportunities. Drop us an e-mail at
How do I apply for, or learn more about the REP?
To apply on-line or get more information about the REP, go to
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