KUALA LUMPUR: Approval for foreign workers in all sectors will only take two weeks once the Immigration Department fully implements the online application system soon.
Under the Immigration Department Electronic Application System (Ideas), employers can sign up and be linked to the department for easy and hassle-free applications.
With this, individual employers and representatives of agencies need not travel to the various departments to submit their applications, hence cutting cost, saving time and preventing loss of documents.
Under the current manual submission procedure where much bureaucracy is involved, it takes up to three months for approvals.
The department’s foreign workers division director Alwi Buvatty said the move, expected to be in operation by the middle of the year, would not only make it easy for employers but also ease queues which sometimes bog down the department.
He said Ideas was successfully implemented as a pilot project for maid applications in the Klang Valley and all 90 registered employment agencies had signed up.
“While it is compulsory for maid employment
agencies to sign up online once it is fully implemented nationwide, major individual employers such as Felda, Felcra and transnational companies will be encouraged to use it,” he told The Star yesterday.
Alwi said employers needed to register themselves with the department first before getting their user ID and password for access to the online service.
Access to the service is through the department’s website at www.imi.gov.my.
Citing the success of Ideas, Alwi said applications for foreign maids were approved within one week in most cases.
He said employers would have to submit the relevant documents and make payments at the department within a month of submitting the online applications.
Under the online system, maid employment agencies can also submit new applications and renewals, check a sponsor’s information and a foreign maid’s details (as keyed-in by them), and submit a new employer’s details for registration.
For employers in other sectors, they can register foreign workers' applications, renew visas and work passes, and check and update their foreign workers’ details.
All information is stored in the Immigration Department's database.