The latest on applying for Sarawak Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H), Malaysia

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British High Commission Estate Planning and MM2H update with Datin Sharifah Ikhlas, Director of MM2H

British High Commission Estate Planning and MM2H update with Datin Sharifah Ikhlas, Director of MM2H

While the Malaysia My Second Home Programme for Peninsular Malaysia has been put on hold, raising questions  MM2H applicants and even MM2H agents can’t answer, the Sabah and Sarawak MM2H programmes are ongoing. (see: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/sarawak-continue-smm2h-despite-federal-govts-suspension-programme) The Sarawak immigration has distinguished itself as the standard bearer in terms of clarity, ease of use and efficiency  for MM2H applicants and peace of mind for Sarawakian MM2H agents depending on MM2H as their rice bowl. Kudos to Sarawak! In light of this, I wanted to quickly do a short introduction to the Sarawak MM2H and show how it compares with the Peninsular Malaysia MM2H.

Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and the two Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak also known as East Malaysia retain a degree of autonomy under this system. One of these areas of autonomy includes the right to regulate the immigration of their respective states, which is why Sabah and Sarawak have their own version of the popular long stay visa, known as Malaysia My Second Home.

The Sarawak MM2H was put on hold for a week (ONE WHOLE WEEK! LOL) for some revisions to be made which was concluded Friday, 4th September, 2020. Notwithstanding the revisions,  the Sarawak MM2H still remains a viable alternative (from a faster processing timing and lower financial threshold perspective) for foreigners already in Malaysia wishing to remain to consider while the Peninsular MM2H is suspended ostensibly till end of the year for ‘revision’. MM2H applicants who are currently outside Malaysia face the problem of coming into Malaysia for the submission of their application and endorsement of their MM2H visas. Foreigners who are in Malaysia and want to remain long term in Malaysia can explore this option.

Here are the main differences/similarities between the current West Malaysia MM2H (subject, of course, to any revisions the powers that be may in their wisdom dictate) and the Sarawak MM2H:

Peninsular or West Malaysia MM2H Sarawak MM2H
Separate categories for applicants above or below 50 years.

50 years and above: show cash of RM350,000/- and monthly income of RM10,000/- anywhere in the world prior to the approval and place a fixed deposit of RM150,000/- in a Malaysian bank after approval.

50 years and below: show cash of RM500,000/- and monthly income of RM10,000/- anywhere in the world prior to the approval and place a fixed deposit of RM300,000/- in a Malaysian bank after approval.

Separate categories for applicants above or below 50 years.

50 year and above (married couple): must show either a monthly income of RM10,000/- anywhere in the world OR place a fixed deposit of RM300,000/- in a bank in Sarawak upon application.

50 year and above (single): must show either a monthly income of RM7,000/- anywhere in the world OR place a fixed deposit of RM150,000/- in a bank upon application.

40 to 50 years: can be considered if they have children attending school in Sarawak or are themselves undergoing long term medical treatment in Sarawak or invest in a residential property of at least RM600,000/-

30 to 40 years: can be considered if they have children attending school in Sarawak or are themselves undergoing long term medical treatment

 

 

Letter of Good Conduct & Health Insurance Letter of Good Conduct & Health Insurance
Sponsor or security bond Sarawakian sponsor required
10 year visa (renewable). 5  year visa (renewable provided the applicant stays a minimum of 15 days per annum in Sarawak).
No need to be present at the immigration office on application.

Both spouses need to be present in the country upon approval for endorsement of the visa on to their respective passports.

Both spouses must be present on submission of the application.

Both spouses must be present on the approval to endorse the visa on their respective passports.

 

No possibility of PR but currently renewable for a further 10 years. No possibility of PR but currently renewable for a further 5 years.
Part time work is permissible, on application, if the applicant possesses special skills. Not permitted to work
Parents over 60 years and children under 21 years can come in as dependents.

 

Parents above 60 years and children 21yrs and below
Typically, 8-12 month approval period after submission of the application. Currently suspended

 

Approximately 2 months after submission of the application.

For further reading, do refer also to:

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/sarawak-enhances-requirements-smm2h-programme

 

Sam Choong

8th January, 2021

Author: Sam Choong

Sam Choong is a lawyer practising in Malaysia. His areas of practice include estate planning, wills and UK inheritance tax for expats residing or seeking to retire in Malaysia.

18 thoughts on “The latest on applying for Sarawak Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H), Malaysia

  1. Do you know a reputable Agent for Sarawak mm2h program ?. Or should I just select one of the pool agents listed on the Malaysia MM2H program ?.

  2. Dear Sam, thank you so much for the excellent articles.
    I will be 50 next month and is looking for MM2H. I am aware that KL MM2H application is temporarily
    suspended.
    Is it possible to apply for the Sabah and Sarawak MM2H programmes but then to move to KL due to the presence of international schools for my kids?
    Your expert advice is appreciated!
    Dr Kwok

    1. Dear Dr. Kwok,

      The Sarawak MM2H endorsement on your passport upon approval states ” Right to Remain in Malaysia”. There is a further requirement that Sarawak MM2H holders must stay a minimum 15 days per year in Sarawak. Hope this helps.

  3. Hi Sam, thanks a lot for that very clear information. I’m French, 53, meet the criteria but unfortunately out of Malaysia at the moment. Any recommendation to ease the process considering I have no local sponsor ? Thank you one more time.

    1. Dear Michael,

      Great to hear you meet the criteria. Currently, you need to be in the country to make the application. Don’t worry about the sponsorship. We can work with you on this. The Sarawak MM2H is currently of use only to foreigners within Malaysia. Maybe contact us again once the travel restrictions are lifted. You can email me directly at sam@ckylegal.com

      Best
      Sam

  4. Hi Sam,

    Read with great interest about MM2H.
    May I know what is the latest news you have about this programme?
    I am turning 48 soon and currently a Singapore Citizen.
    Based on the table above, I can show income for the requirement.Is that all initially to send in an application?
    Then how soon must we commit on the 150,000 fixed deposit?
    The other query I have is about the Sarawakian sponsor.How can we work around this or is there any solution.
    Please advise.

    1. Dear Siva,

      Since you are going to be 48 years old soon, you are under the category of those aged between 40 and 50 years old and you would be eligible to apply with investment in property specifically for residential purposes of at least RM600,000.00. That means you are required to purchase a residential property in Sarawak to enable you to apply for the SarawaK MM2H. If you are over 50 years old, then the purchase of property is not required.

      In addition to the above, you also still need to fulfil either one of this further criteria: offshore income of RM7,000 per month (single) or placement of a Fixed Deposit RM150,000.00 in any banks in Sarawak prior to your submission of Sarawak MM2H application.

      With regards to a sponsor in Sarawak, it is included in our service if you engage us in applying for the Sarawak MM2H.

      Hope this helps.

      Sam

  5. Hi Sam,

    Can you send me details of applying for Sarawak MM2H. I am 54, Canadian, single and earn more than 7,000 required.

    I am planning on coming soon after I can fly to Malaysia without being required to quarantine.

    Please advise on the new requirements and your fees.

    thank you,

    Andre

  6. Hi Sam, Thanks for your information sharing above. My friend from China has been applied SMM2H two years ago, but the immigration only issue two year to her. Now will be expired soon. May I know the document needed for renewing of SMM2H during this CMCO period.

    Thank you

    Wang Qi

  7. Hi Sam,
    I am spanish and married to my wife who is Malaysian.

    For the application, given that she has full rights to stay in Msia withouth visa, for the aplication, do I need to meet the requirements as a “single” or do I still need to meet the requirement for married couples?

    Thanks a lot for the usefull information provided!
    Best regards,

    Michael

  8. Hello, Sam.

    I would like to know more about the application process for Sarawak MM2H.
    I am 36 years old, Japanese, have a wife and a 15 year old daughter.

    Currently I have a working visa and I am working in Kuala Lumpur.
    Our income as a couple is 35,000 ringgit.

    If my daughter enrolls in a school in Sarawak, we will be able to meet the requirements for S-MM2H, but I have never been to Sarawak and do not know much about the local schools.

    I have never been to Sarawak and I don’t know much about the local schools. My daughter does not speak Malaysian, she speaks a little English, but can she enroll in a local school?

    I would be grateful for any advice, especially about the school.

    Hidaka

    1. Dear Shota,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      As a 36 year old with a 15 year old daughter attending school in Sarawak, you can qualify for Sarawak MM2H. However, you can only apply for Sarawak MM2H when you no longer hold an employment pass in Malaysia. Depending on what school suits your daughter, you can opt for either a public or private school and still qualify for Sarawak MM2H.

      Trust that answers your questions.

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