Government ends Malaysian Visa Application Handling Agency for Bangladeshi workers

PUTRAJAYA: The government will terminate the services of the Malaysian Visa Application Handling Agency for Bangladeshi foreign workers, and will instead fully use eVISA applications through the MYVISA system.

Home Affairs Minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, said eVISA applications through the Immigration Department’s MYVISA had already started on 29 February.

“The government will provide active IDs and user manuals to employers who employ Bangladeshi foreign workers to apply for visas,” he said at a press conference at the KDN here today.

He emphasized that employers need to be responsible for expediting the process of entry of foreign workers based on the approved quota in accordance with the process set by the government.

On the part of the Malaysian Immigration Department, the eVISA application can be processed within one to two working days.

“Accordingly, employers should take advantage of the period given by the government and speed up the entry of foreign workers into the country,” he said.

In the meantime, Saifuddin said, the government’s decision to cancel the formal sector’s active quota will also result in immediate levy returns with improved governance.

Improving levy return policies and mechanisms that are more employer- and industry-friendly can ensure that the levy return process to employers runs smoothly.

“Therefore, all employers are expected to speed up the entry of foreign workers without ignoring the rules and laws in force,” he said.

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