28September2021

Rehiring Programme

Qualified employees and workers in Malaysia, including Filipinos, who are undocumented, are highly encouraged to work with their employers to register them under the Malaysian Government’s Rehiring Programme, which has been extended to 31 December 2016 in Peninsular Malaysia.

The Programme aims to provide undocumented foreign workers in Malaysia the chance to be issued valid work permits to meet the labor demands of industries to fill vacancies in permitted formal sectors, among others.

For them to qualify, they must fulfill the following requirements: must have entered Malaysia through a regular airport or port of entry; are currently working with the same employer for at least the last six months before the start of the program last February 15 (at least since September 2015); and have no criminal record.

Industries covered by the rehiring programme are construction, manufacturing, services, agriculture and plantation.

The Rehiring Programme does not cover household service workers (maids).

Workers who can avail of the Rehiring Programme are (a) those who have overstayed with visit pass temporary employment (VPTE or employment visas) and are working with the same employer; (b) those who have overstayed with employment visas but with a different employer, or; (c) those who entered the country under social visit passes (SVP or tourist visas) and are working with the same employer for at least the last six months before the start of the program.

The worker should have a valid passport, pass the medical examinations by the FOMEMA, and pay the levy based on their sector. They will also have to pay administrative fees to the authorized consortium who will handle the program.

Not qualified under the program are those who entered Malaysia through illegal channels (backdoor); have absconded from their employers; and have criminal records. Also not qualified under the program are those who were issued other visas (i.e. student visas, refugees, Islamic visas, etc.) and those who were registered under the 6P programme.

Registration is done online at www.rehiring.imi.gov.my. Click “lain-lain warganegara” (other nationalities) and register for a username and password, which will lead to the website of Consortium PMF, which is in charge of handling applications from Filipinos. Click the link for further information (link to the FAQ and the presentation from the website).

Consortium PMF may also be contacted at telephone no. +60378018888 or through email at rehiring@myeg.com.my.

Please note that there is no need to engage and pay the services of any individual or agencies as all these are done online and the only entity authorized by the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs to process applications of Filipino workers is Consortium PMF.

The Rehiring Programme covers Peninsular Malaysia only. For Filipinos who have overstayed in Sabah, Sarawak or the Federal Territory of Labuan, they may avail of the 3+1 programme wherein they pay a reduced penalty of RM300 and an additional RM100 for the exit permit so that they may legally exit and return to the Philippines.