Mandatory Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) Positions to be advertised on JobsMalaysia

With reference to the Governments initiative made by the Cabinet on 4th June, 2020 regarding employment of Foreign Knowledge Workers, companies are required to advertise job vacancies on the JobsMalaysia portal for a minimum of 30 days.

Who are affected?

All companies who utilise the services of MDEC and ESD for foreign knowledge workers pass applications.


The government of Malaysia is prioritising available jobs to local Malaysian nationals prior to opening the same positions to foreign workers, due to the high unemployment rate caused by the effects of the current pandemic and its impact on business.


  • Companies are required to advertise job vacancies on the JobsMalaysia portal – for a minimum of 30 days, prior to JobsMalaysia issuing a “Surat Perakuan” to the company, confirming that the position was advertised locally and a suitable candidate was not located.
  • MDEC / ESD is still finalising the details of how this could impact future applications and all on going cases will be processed as usual.



1st November 2020

How Santa Fe can assist

We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide an update when possible.

Santa Fe can support your business with any immigration compliance and advisory issues concerning your expatriate population. We can review current employees’ visas and assist with necessary advice or solutions to ensure ongoing compliance with the Malaysian Immigration Act and Regulations.

We will also keep your business updated on ongoing developments on all Malaysian immigration matters and will advise on any changes requiring your attention.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following:

KS Balasingam
Immigration Team Lead

Santa Fe Relocation
D: +60 19 600 6900

Robert Day
Group Head of Immigration Operation
Santa Fe Relocation
London, UK
D: +44 7990 021125


To read more immigration updates, click here

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