PETALING JAYA, Fri, 12 June – Besides making online submissions, employers applying for foreign workers should be given the option to submit applications for biomedical check-up in source country and electronic visa with reference (eVDR) over the counter at the Immigration Department.
Based on feedbacks from the MEF membership, employers are of the view that the counters at the Immigration Department should remain open even after the application process for such matters be made fully online.
On June 8, the Immigration Department issued a statement whereby applications for biomedical check-up in source country and electronic visa with reference (eVDR) for foreign workers be submitted online through the Foreign Workers Centralised Management System (FWCMS) effective on June 15, 2015.
The counters at the Immigration Department for manual processing of such applications will be fully closed on July 1, 2015.
The statement further indicated that the counters at the Immigration Department would only deal with applications for replacement of foreign worker, for VDR of security guards and follow-up on VDR approval letter.
“Employers would be more comfortable if they are allowed to deal directly with the Immigration Department over the counter as well as online via FWCMS,” said Datuk Hj. Shamsuddin Bardan, the Executive Director of MEF here today.
“It is expected that the shift to electronic submissions would face some teething problems and so it is only reasonable that employers be given the option whether to submit the application manually or through online. The two weeks given for transition is unreasonable and would create a lot of problems especially to the SMEs.”
For further information, contact the MEF Secretariat at 03-7955 7778 or fax 03-7955 9008.
12 JUNE 2015