Immigrate to Malaysia from US

Updated on Wednesday 04th November 2020

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US citizens do not need a visa to enter Malaysia if they intend to spend no more than 3 months in this country. Even so, there are other important requirements to consider at the time you decide to immigrate to Malaysia from US. One of our Malaysian lawyers can offer legal advice, assistance, and support in this matter, so make sure you understand all the terms when planning the visit.
 
 

Visa regulations for US citizens in Malaysia

 
As mentioned at the beginning, there is no need for a visa in order to enter Malaysia as a US national. This regulation is available for only 3 months, according to the legislation in Malaysia. Still, the authorities will place a stamp on your passport which is called the social visit pass. Right after this period, US nationals can apply for an extension or for a visa for Malaysia with the Malaysian Immigration Department. Here are the main rules to consider:
 
  1. The authorities will ask for a valid passport for at least 6 months.
  2. The visa application form with personal information is needed.
  3. Information about your financial status is required.
  4. If it is the case, a letter of invitation is solicited by the Malaysian authorities.
  5. The visa fee needs to be paid.
     
The entire visa process is not complex, but citizens from USA must pay attention to the requirements imposed in terms of entry in Malaysia or relocation. You can discuss all the aspects with one of our lawyers in Malaysia if you want to know more about the types of visas available and about the legal advice they can offer.
 

What is Visa Overstays?
 

Foreigners who overstay in Malaysia with an expired visa enter the attention of authorities who make controls of all exits and departures in the country. In such a delicate case, a US national needs to solve the visa issue with the Immigration Department of Malaysia. Meanwhile, the US citizen cannot leave the country. If you find yourself in this difficult situation, we suggest you talk to one of our lawyers in Malaysia and benefit from complete legal advice and representation. We can handle all the immigration issues that might arise.
 

Is US-Israeli dual citizenship recognized in Malaysia?
 

Unfortunately, the Malaysian authorities do not allow the entry of citizens with US-Israeli dual citizenship who present the Israeli passport. In this case, an American passport is required. If you need legal advice on this matter, please feel free to address your inquiries to our team of advisors.
 

US company relocation in Malaysia

 
The relocation of a US business in Malaysia is possible, yet, some conditions are imposed. For instance, the company owner must verify if the activities in USA can also be developed in Malaysia. There are special licenses and permits to obtain in order to legally relocate the US company to Malaysia. The de-registration of a firm in USA is needed, followed by the registration as a limited liability company in Malaysia. Plus, the Malaysian authorities impose that company owners provide employment opportunities on the market and hire local staff. Besides having a representative office once the company is relocated, the fees for registration need to be paid. Assistance and legal advice are provided by our team of lawyers in Malaysia for US citizens interested in company relocation in this country.
 

Making investments in Malaysia

 
Malaysia’s economy relies on the number of foreign investments directed to the country’s prolific sectors. Most of the foreign direct investments come from China, a long-term partner in business. There are many international entrepreneurs who enjoy the appealing business climate in Malaysia and generate profits in fields like manufacturing, tourism, financial and services, etc. The tax regime and the workforce are other business advantages to consider when making investments as a foreign entrepreneur. Below you can find some interesting facts and figures about Malaysia’s economy and business:
 
  • Approximately USD 169 billion was the total FDI stock registered in Malaysia in 2019.
  • The 2020 Doing Business report issued by the World Bank ranks Malaysia 12th out of 190 economies in the world.
  • The value of greenfield investments stood at around USD 8.9 billion in 2019 in Malaysia.
  • China, Japan, Singapore, and USA are the main investors in Malaysia.
     
US nationals interested in immigrating to Malaysia can contact our law firm in Malaysia and ask for legal advice and representation.