Immigration Dept expects 200-250k illegals to participate in labour recalibration plans

PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department expects between 200,000 and 250,000 illegal immigrants to take part in the labour recalibration and repatriation recalibration plans - the government’s latest initiative to reduce the number of undocumented foreigners in the country.

Its director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud (pic) said since the programme was launched on Nov 16, the department had received applications from 478 employers to hire close to 2,000 illegal immigrants.

“We are expecting more applications to come in within the six months that these plans are available,” he said at a press conference on Friday (Dec 3).

He said employers are to submit their applications via online and they can opt to legalise their workers who are currently employed without valid permit, or can look for workers among those being held at the immigration depots.

Submissions of applications can be through with a deposit payment of RM500 per worker.

Khairul said that concurrently, employers are to apply to the Peninsular Malaysia Labour Department to get approval on the number of foreign workers that they can hire and the department will revert its decision to the immigration authorities.

Successful applications will be issued with a slip to allow for medical check up to be carried out on the prospective workers and once they are given the clean bill of health, employers can then apply for work permits and make the necessary payments.

Employers are to pay the one time recalibration fee of RM1,500 per worker, levi of RM1,850 for construction and manufacturing or RM640 for agriculture and plantation, RM60 for pass, RM125 as processing fee and visa of between RM5 and RM20 depending on nationality.

“If the vetting process is unsuccessful or if the worker fails his medical test, they will then be deported,” he said.

Illegal immigrants who can be employed under the recalibration plan are those whose work permits or social visit passes have expired, those who work in a different sector instead of the one stated on their permit, was not reported to have fled from their employer and is not blacklisted.

For illegal immigrants who want to return to their homeland under the recalibration plan, they are to have a valid passport or temporary travel document, return ticket and to pay RM500 compound and go to an immigration office to process their application.

“We had a discussion with representatives from 15 embassies and missions who welcome this initiative and they have agreed to help their citizens secure an appointment via our system,” said Khairul.

The government had on Nov 12, announced the rolling out of the two plan, where under the labour recalibration plan, employers in the construction, manufacturing, plantation and agriculture sectors will be allowed to legally employed undocumented foreign workers.

The plans will be implemented for six months from Nov 16 to June 30, 2021.
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