Pre-arrival information

Pre-arrival information


Upon acceptance of the offer, the Human Resources (HR) unit will assist the new staff in applying for the Employment Pass and Dependant Pass (if required). Applying for an Employment Pass is a must for both Expatriates and Malaysians who are non-Sarawakians. The contract of employment is subject to the approval of the Employment Pass, where the issuance of such pass is strictly at the approval of the Sarawak Immigration Department. Should the Employment Pass be rejected by the Sarawak Immigration Department for whatever reason, the contract shall automatically become null and void.

Employment Pass Application

An Employment Pass is issued to the non-Sarawakian to enable him / her to stay and work legally in Sarawak.

Upon acceptance of appointment, the non-Sarawakian is required to fulfil a checklist of documents requested by HR for the application of the relevant pass within a stipulated time frame. Should the document be submitted later than the expected time frame, the approval of the relevant pass from the Sarawak Immigration Department may be delayed. Hence, your joining date could be affected as well.

If the non-Sarawakian is accompanied by his/her spouse and dependents, a Dependant Pass must be applied for each individual. The University will assist in submitting the application. However, Sarawak Immigration Department has imposed restriction on non-Sarawakians with monthly remuneration amount below RM5,000.00 whereby they are not allowed to bring their dependant(s) to live in Sarawak. 

    For more information on Immigration requirements, please refer to http://www.imi.gov.my/.

    Driving in Malaysia

    All vehicles in Malaysia are driven on the left side of the road. The conversion of your country’s driving licence to a Malaysian driving licence can be made usually within 90 days upon arrival. Some nationals can convert their driving licence directly while others may need to convert their driving licences to an international driving licences  in their residing country prior to arriving in Malaysia.

    Post and courier services in Malaysia

    The local postal service is Pos Malaysia. The full list of Pos Malaysia’s locations, services and postage rates can be found at www.pos.com.my.

    Other courier services of both national and international companies are also available in Kuching, such as DHL, FedEx, City Link, GDEX and J&T Express.

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