Unlock Opportunities with Malaysia Professional Visit Pass (PVP): Your Guide to Short-Term Professional Engagements


The Malaysia Professional Visit Pass (PVP) is a type of visa that allows foreign nationals to enter Malaysia and provide specific professional services for a short period of time. The PVP is different from other types of Malaysian work permits because it does not require the foreign national to be employed by a Malaysian company. Instead, the foreign national is employed by a company overseas and is only providing services to a Malaysian company on a temporary basis.


Who is eligible for a Professional Visit Pass (PVP)?

To be eligible for a PVP, you must fall under one of the following categories:

·       Foreign artist (filming and performance)

·       Stage artist (singing, music, dance, theatre, acrobatics, circus etc.)

·       Filming (in Malaysia, but with an overseas company)

·       Producing (filming)

·       Performance (in hotels, cultural centers, stadiums, etc)

·       Expert in arts management and screen-related arts.

·       Islamic missionary:

·       Other religious workers:

·       International students attending religious courses studies with the Malaysia Bible Seminary.

·       Government officials travelling for official purposes (government to government program/governmental purposes)

·       Jockey expert

·       Volunteer

·       International student under a mobility program or industrial training



How to apply for a Professional Visit Pass (PVP)?

To apply for a PVP, you will need to:

1.       Have a sponsor in Malaysia who will submit the application on your behalf.

2.       Submit the application to the Malaysian Federal Government Administrative Centre (Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration Department) in Putrajaya.

3.       Provide the following documents:

o   A complete copy of your passport.

o   Passport-size picture of yourself.

o   Malaysia visa application forms (IMM.12 and IMM.38).

o   Letter of offer from Malaysian company/institution (your sponsor), including the reason for your employment/training.

o   A copy of your sponsor’s company profile (if applicable).

o   If you’re an international student:

§  Your resume.

§  Academic certificates

§  Proof of agreement/collaboration between your school and the company/institution sponsoring you.

§  If you are a religious missionary: Letter of approval from the Department Of Religion and the Islamic Religious Department.

§  Bank guarantee/personal security bond, if you are a Chinese citizen.


Conditions of the Professional Visit Pass (PVP):

1.       You cannot bring your dependent family members with you.

2.       You must be officially employed and paid by an overseas company.

3.       The duration of a PVP can be extended, BUT only if the applicant meets certain requirements.

·       For example, an applicant may be eligible for an extension if they can demonstrate that they are still providing the same professional services that they were providing when they were first issued the PVP.


Duration of the Professional Visit Pass (PVP):

It is depends on the purpose of the visit and the applicant’s eligibility. The exact duration of a PVP will be determined by the Malaysian Immigration Department when the visa is issued.

The typical duration of a Malaysia Professional Visit Pass (PVP):

·       Filming or performance- Up to 12 months

·       Training- Up to 6 months

·       Religious activities- Up to 3 years


The Malaysia Professional Visit Pass (PVP) is a great option for foreign nationals who want to contribute their professional skills to Malaysia’s industries. If you are considering working in Malaysia, be sure to do your research and meet all of the eligibility requirements for applying for a PVP. You can find more information on the Malaysia Immigration Department website.

I recommend that you contact a qualified immigration lawyer or representative for more information. They can help you understand the eligibility criteria, application procedures, and required documentation, and ensure that your application is submitted correctly and on time.

*Disclaimer: Please note that the information in this post may change due to government immigration updates. For specific inquiries or guidance, feel free to consult us directly. Your diligence in staying informed is appreciated.

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