Expats wishing to work and live in Malaysia permanently can apply for residency in Malaysia if they fit into certain categories, such as being a high-net-worth investor, possessing exceptional skills, being married to a Malaysian, or qualifying under a points-based system. Points are allocated according to age, qualifications and language proficiency.
Malaysia My Second Home Programme
The Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H) was introduced by the Malaysian government as a means of allowing foreign nationals to retire or live in Malaysia with their family/dependants on a long-term basis. The programme requires that expats pay a fixed deposit into a local Malaysian bank; the funds must be left in the bank during the period of validity of the visa.
Successful applicants will get a 10-year visit pass and multiple-entry visa, renewable every 10 years. Expats generally aren’t allowed to be employed under this programme.