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What are the conditions required for a Residence Pass?

Residence Pass is a pass issued to any foreign national who falls under any category specified under Regulation 16A, Immigration Regulations 1963.


A. Category 3: A person with family ties with a Malaysian citizen

  1. Husband / wife of a citizen;
  2. Biological child / step-child / adopted child to a citizen aged 18 and below;
  3. Divorcee / widow / widower to citizens with a biological child who is a Malaysian citizen
  4. Biological mother/father to a Malaysian citizen;
  5. Mother/father-in-law to a Malaysia citizen who is holding a valid pass in Malaysia. CONDITIONS TO


  1. The applicant must have a valid travel document or passport with a validity of at least six (6) months;
  2. The applicant has been staying in Malaysia on a valid long term pass;
  3. For Category 3, the applicant has resided in Malaysia for at least three (3) years on a valid long term pass;
  4. The application must be sponsored by a Malaysian aged 21 years and above;
  5. For Category 3 and Category 4, application may be submitted to the nearest Immigration office or the Immigration Headquarters, Putrajaya or on-line via ;
  6. For Category 3(iii), divorcee / widow / widower to a Malaysian citizen who has been granted a full or joint custody of the biological child by the relevant court of law;
  7. All photocopied documents issued by a foreign country MUST be certified by the corresponding foreign missions in Malaysia;
  8. Applications in West Malaysia must be sponsored by a Malaysia citizen;
  9. Applications in Sabah and Sarawak must be sponsored by a Malaysian citizen of Sabah or Sarawak origin;
  10. Both sponsor and applicant MUST be present during submission of documents at the Immigration office;