Published: 19 February 2014
Last Updated: 24.10.2017
POLICY ON EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN WORKERS
The Department of Labour of Peninsular Malaysia is responsible for employment and labour matters concerning foreign workers who are legally employed and entitled to enjoy the protection and benefits stipulated by labour laws.
Application for foreign workers by employers is made at the One-Stop Approval Centre at the Foreign Workers Management Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Level 5, Block D9, Complex D, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62530 Putrajaya.
Representatives from the Ministry of Human Resources, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB), Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism and Ministry of Tourism and Culture are stationed at the One-Stop Approval Centre to process foreign worker recruitment applications.
The employment of foreign workers is a temporary measure to fill job vacancies. Employers must notify the Department of Labour of vacancies by registering at JobsMalaysia to ensure registered local job seekers are given priority.
Foreign workers are employed for a period of 10 years for all permissible sectors and they may not marry nor bring their family members into Malaysia.
Foreign workers are allowed to work in 5 sectors, namely manufacturing, agriculture, plantation, construction and services.
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