MALAYSIA: New Upper Age Limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass Applications for Dependent Children [Updated 25 March 2019]

March 25, 2019

Effective immediately, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced a new upper age limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) applications for dependent children.

Dependent children applying for an LTSVP via the ESD must now be aged between 18 and 25 years at application – previously any dependent child aged at least 18 years could qualify.

The ESD has also reiterated the existing requirement that any LTSVP applicant must submit an additional declaration letter confirming their status (i.e., single, unemployed and in the custody of the Employment Pass (EP) holder), and signed before a Commissioner of Oaths.

[UPDATE] Malaysia Digital Economy Sdn Bhd (MDEC), which processes Employment Pass applications for Information Communication Technology (ICT) companies and companies registered for Multimedia Super Corridor Malaysia (MSC Malaysia) status, has now announced the same upper age limit for the LTSVP for dependent children.


Certain family members of Employment Pass I or II holders may qualify as dependents of an EP holder.

A spouse or a child of 17 years or under may qualify for a Dependant Pass, and other direct dependents including an unmarried partner, children aged between 18 and 25 (18+ for applications via MDEC) and parents, may qualify for a Long-term Social Visit Pass.

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