MDEC New Requirement – Validity of Non MSC Approval Letter

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has announced that the validity of approval letter for application submitted by Non MSC company has been revised from 3 months to 6 months effective from 1 November 2019.

Who will be affected?

All Malaysian companies that are categorised under Non MSC status that submit applications through MDEC Portal.


MDEC has previously set up a ruling that the approval letter for Non MSC companies will only be valid for 3 months compared to MSC status companies, whereby the approval letter is valid for 6 months.

However, starting from 1 November 2019, all approval letters issued for application submitted by Non MSC companies will also be valid for 6 months from date of the approval being issued.


All expatriates under non MSC company will have longer time (6 months duration) to make arrangement to enter Malaysia to complete the endorsement stage, from the date the approval letter is issued.

Santa Fe Relocation Analysis

Companies should take note that the validity of approval letter for Non MSC company has been revised to 6 months. As such, the expatriates will have longer time to make preparation to enter Malaysia and their official start date can be within this 6 month period.

For more information or assistance please contact:

Nurul Husna
​Immigration Team Lead
​Santa Fe Relocation
D: +60 3 5569 1856 Ext. 214
M: +60 19 474 1433

Hallie Toh
Regional IMMS Manager – APAC
Santa Fe Relocation
D: +65 6398 3015 (Ext:5615)
M: +65 9004 6846

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