With foreign worker intake relaxed, bosses told to make fresh applications


PETALING JAYA: Employers who applied for foreign workers before Tuesday (Jan 17) will have to resubmit their applications following the recent quota relaxation and loosening of application requirements for foreign workers, says V. Sivakumar.

The Human Resources Minister said this applied to employers making applications through the FWe Approval Module and eQuota Module under the Foreign Worker Centralised Management System (FWCMS).

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"The new applications in the FWe Module will allow applications by employers to be considered under the Foreign Workers Relaxation Plan," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 17).

He noted that the recently-announced plan would only apply to five sectors and sub-sectors, namely manufacturing, construction, plantation, agriculture and services (restaurants only).

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"Employers under these five sectors and sub-sectors can submit their applications for foreign workers under the FWe Approval Module immediately.

"The ministry will process and give approvals for applications for foreign workers in three working days from the date of each application," Sivakumar said.

He added that there was no longer a need for the employers concerned to place vacancy advertisements under the MyFutureJobs portal.

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His statement came in the wake of an announcement by Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail last Tuesday (Jan 10).

Saifuddin announced policy changes for speedier recruitment of foreign workers and simplified application procedures.

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