Immigration Department of Malaysia

Known as Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia in Malay term.

The first permanent post of an immigration officer was created in January 1933 under The Aliens Restriction Ordinance. It was not until 1946 that the Immigration Department was established and known as the Malayan Union Refugees and Displaced Person Bureau and Immigration Department then and headquartered in Penang.

Logo of Immigration Department of Malaysia

The Immigration Department was placed under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1957.

With effect from 1964, the Immigration Department is placed under the Ministry of Home Affairs. The headquarters was moved from Penang to Kuala Lumpur in April 1965. Now, the headquarters is located in Putrajaya.

Main functions of the Immigration Department are:
  • issuing of passports or travel documents to nationals and permanent residents;

  • issuing of visas, passes and permits to foreigners entering Malaysia;

  • supervising exit or entry of nationals at gazetted points of entry; and

  • enforcing of the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155), Immigration Regulations 1963 and the Passport Act 1966 (Act 150).

Main services:
  • Employment of expatriates

  • Entry permit (non-citizen to enter and reside in Malaysia as permanent resident)

  • Certification of identity (stateless permanent resident for traveling)

  • Recruitment of foreign workers and foreign domestic helper

  • Passes: employment, visitor, long and short term social visit, student, residence, cross-border

  • Special 'Work & Holiday' Visa

  • Visas

  • APEC Business Travel Card

  • Malaysian International Passport

  • Travel documents

  • Terms of department from Malaysia

  • Entry requirements into Malaysia

  • Free flow facility at Perlis for visiting Thailand

  • Enforcement: overstayed, invalid or violation of pass or permit, loss of travel document, anti-human trafficking, illegal immigrants

The official website of the Immigration Department of Malaysia features:
  • myIMMs online application and status check for student pass, entry permit, residence pass, foreign domestic helpers, employment pass DP10 and DP11, eVDR Visa with Reference

  • Rehiring program for illegal workers

  • Blacklist immigration control status check for Malaysian

  • Point calculation system for entry permit

  • forms download

Address:   Headquarters

Immigration Department Malaysia
Level 1-7 (Podium) No 15,
Persiaran Perdana,
Precint 2,
62550 Putrajaya,
Notes:   Available in English and Malay versions.

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Guide ID: 985 - Last Updated: May 2, 2019