Latest guidelines for Foreign Nationals holding a Social Visit Pass which expires during Malaysia’s Movement Control Order – What are options

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The past few weeks have been challenging to say the least from a medical point of view, without having to grapple with cancelled flights, overstaying in Malaysia when visas expire and not knowing what to do. Not surprisingly, law firms, MM2H expat clients or friends of expat clients have approached us for advice as our own Immigration Department have not been operational. In order to keep everyone abreast of the latest, here’s our English translation of the guidance issued by the Immigration Department: 
Translation
Media Statement Immigration Department dated 5 May 2020
Social Visit Pass which has expired within MCO
The Immigration Department wishes to announce that all foreign nationals holding expired Social Visit Pass who have  overstayed between 1 January 2020 and 14 working days after the expiry of Movement Control Order (MCO), are allowed to return to their home country without having to obtain a Special Pass from the Immigration Office.
They can leave the country through entry point by reporting at the Immigration Counter along with their valid travel documents and their information will be taken down and recorded. No action shall be taken against those who leave the country within the period stated. They shall also not be blacklisted.
However foreign nationals holding expired Temporary Working Pass are not allowed under this exemption and they have to follow the existing regulations to return to their home country.
Foreign nationals who do not leave the country within 14 days after the expiry of MCO have to refer and obtain proof and justification from their respective  embassies as to why they could not leave the country failing which they would have to face action and would be blacklisted.
Dato’ Indera Khairul Dzaimee Bin Daud
Director of Immigration
Malaysian Immigration Department
More details can also be obtained from the Immigration Department’s Facebook page. The material one I’ve gleaned from the various updates which tend to be repetitive and administrative is the window of 30 days for “pass facilitation” to be carried out at the Immigration Department from the end of the MCO, whatever this means!
Should you require assistance on this, do contact us at sam@ckylegal.com

Tech Entrepreneur Pass or Malaysia My Second Home?

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It’s been a momentous few months, starting with a seemingly innocuous virus a few thousands of miles away towards the end of 2019. It was very easy then to momentarily commiserate with the Chinese, dismiss this as a problem on the other side of the world and to get back to our lives. And get on with my life I did!

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What properties can foreigners buy in Malaysia in a nutshell – as at 29 August 2019 Making Malaysia My Second Home

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On the topic of what properties can foreigners buy in Malaysia, a few days ago, a developer asked if I would be willing to do a seminar for them in Hong Kong to explore the possibility of Hong Kong nationals relocating or retiring to Malaysia via Malaysia’s long-stay visa, more commonly known as Malaysia my Second Home or MM2H for short. They also required me to cover the legalities foreigners need to consider when buying a property in Malaysia.

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Sam’s take on MM2H (Malaysia’s long-stay visa for foreigners relocating or retiring to Malaysia) and how it has impacted Malaysia, and Penang in particular.

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Malaysia’s long-stay visa, the MM2H visa, has proven to be immensely popular with foreigners wanting to make Malaysia their second home. So much so that applications started to pile up and some applicants found themselves waiting almost a year for approval. To add to the frustrations, it was officially announced that the financial criteria to qualify for MM2H were to be increased but with no further information available, applicants were left wondering if their applications would be rejected.

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How does the Malaysian Spouse Visa stack up against Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H)?

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It has been a dramatic few months for Malaysians, starting in May 2018 with a new Government in place after 61 years, and the re-election of 93-year old former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir as our new Premier. From a political standpoint, this is exciting for us Penangites because Lim Guan Eng, the former Chief Minister of Penang — who was instrumental in bringing about radical positive changes to Penang despite being sidelined by the then Barisan-led Federal Government — is now Malaysia’s new Minister of Finance.

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Litigation – the Practicalities of Going to Court? Part II

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Continuation from https://samchoong.com/litigation-practicalities-going-court-part/

 

2) So who do you appoint? How do you choose a lawyer? Do you pick the firm or do you pick the lawyer?

People watch dramatic TV court scenes of an erudite lawyer aggressively questioning a witness or the defendant. This may give the impression that a good lawyer is an aggressive one. Sometimes, it may be better to have a lawyer who is more measured in his response and questioning; one whom listens and looks out for spoken and unspoken indicators rather than to be engrossed only in high drama and yet miss the important clues or subtle nuances.

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Litigation – the Practicalities of Going to Court? Part I

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What’s it like going to court? What does it entail? Should you sue? Should you retaliate when sued? Or should you just settle? And if so, at what point in the process do you show this hand? Who do you appoint?

 

I’m finding that churning out a steady stream of articles and the amount of legal work I do is inversely related. It’s been a productive few months advising on several challenging court cases for clients, hence my radio silence.

 

Attending court is a given for lawyers. Even for those of us involved in solicitor type work such as boardroom negotiations and drafting agreements, chances are non-contentious matters such as probate, letters of administration applications or joint divorce petitions, to name a few, still bring us to court.

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Official MM2H Workshop (Looking Forward to Updates!)

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On 20th March 2018, it was publicly announced for the first time at the British Council event (where I presented my Wills Seminar to British expats) held at E&O Hotel, Penang that new MM2H guidelines would come into effect mid-2018. This announcement resulted in more questions than answers and the expat community in Malaysia were understandably concerned. On our part, we wrote to the Immigration Department for clarifications and our proposed suggestions (in a nutshell for existing MM2H holders as well as applicants who had submitted their applications to be “grandfathered”).

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Important MM2H Updates! Popular FAQs Answered!

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MALAYSIA MY SECOND HOME (MM2H): FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, MAY 2018

It’s been months since I published our last MM2H FAQ. Since then, I’ve had an overwhelming number of questions from those of you seeking clarification as you consider making Malaysia your new home. As there have been many questions, I’m going to list the most common ones in our latest MM2H FAQ sheet, which I hope will help to ease the process for you!

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