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Age of Absence: Covid-19, MM2H and Foreign Spouses

Our team at Malaysia Residency is busy. Since 18 March we have been working away from our nice cosy office due to the MCO (Movement Control Order). We are all encamped and isolated in our homes monitoring our MM2H (Malaysia My Second Home) files, updating clients and answering enquiries from all over the world.

The MM2H Centre has earlier said it would reopen on 30 April. We were informed that although the official counters had shuttered, online applications would still be accepted and processed.

Now with the likelihood of the MCO being further extended beyond April, we are not so sure. Most civil servants have been ordered to stay at home. It now looks more like a case of wait-and-see.

Border controls have tightened. Only returning citizens, permanent residents, foreign diplomats and those with work permits in essential jobs are allowed in.

Foreigners are only allowed to reunite with their Malaysian spouse if they have a long-term social visit pass (LTSVP) spouse visa. Unless they already have this stamp endorsed on their passport they cannot enter even if they have been legally married for 30 years and are able to present a valid marriage certificate.

This is gloomy news. That foreign spouses of Malaysian citizens and those with long-term MM2H residency visa are not permitted to be with their loved and closest ones during such period of crisis and uncertainty when their presence is most needed has become the new normal and lopsided logic in this era of social distancing.

For special cases such as on medical, pregnancy and emotional grounds, appeals can be sent to the Director-General of Immigration at this email address:

kpi@imi.gov.my

Here are the numbers:

Immigration: + 60-0388801555

National Security Council or Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN): + 60-0388882010

Our movements may be restricted but our hearts should not be. This is the time to show the world what Malaysia is capable of becoming – an open multiracial and welcoming 21st century developed country.

We strongly advise the government to adopt a more appropriate and compassionate policy. Foreign spouses and MM2H residents should be allowed into Malaysia if they have a family or home here.

This will be an even more powerful brand strategy than any advertisement or slogan Tourism Malaysia could have come up with in 2020.

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MM2H IN 2017

Started in 2002 the Malaysia My Second Home program was designed to draw overseas people to this country to travel, invest or have a good life.

Fifteen years on, MM2H (as it is usually called) remains one of the world’s most attractive migration schemes because it is quite fast, inexpensive and simple to obtain.

This year, on account of the rising popularity of the program and reduced strength of the Ringgit, the government has spoken recently about its intention to raise the bar for applications.

The expected changes include increasing the amount of money applicants must bring into the country to RM 500,000. Now the deposit amounts are RM300,000 for applicants who are below 50 years old and RM150,000 only if they are above the age of 50.

The new changes will however remove the need for applicants above 60 years to show monthly income.

There may also be a chance that MM2H residents will again be allowed to run business as investors as they were before the sudden ruling against it in May last year.

We will post the approved new criteria or other proposals on this website as soon as we have more news about them.


Kerk Boon Leng
Director
MALAYSIA RESIDENCY
Attractive Pathway (MM2H) Sdn Bhd

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