Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) is an excellent option for international families to live in Malaysia. Learn more about the benefits of MM2H and how you can apply for the programme!
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If you are planning to move to Malaysia and would like to send your child to study in the country, you might want to consider Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme!
Malaysia is a country with a multicultural society and world-class education. In terms of the quality of education, Malaysia ranked second among other Southeast Asian countries, after Singapore.
There are many benefits that you can gain by applying for the MM2H programme.
Here, dive deeper into MM2H and what this programme offers applicants.
Launched in 2002, MM2H is a programme promoted by the Malaysian Government to allow foreigners and expatriates who fulfil certain criteria to stay in Malaysia on a renewable Social Visit Pass with Multiple-entry Visa.
This programme is open to citizens of all countries that have diplomatic relations with Malaysia, regardless of race, religion, gender or age. Applicants are allowed to bring their spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 as dependents. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), only eligible applicants that do not have any criminal record are allowed to join this programme.
The MM2H programme was halted in 2020 due to Covid-19. However, it resumed in October 2021 with several improvements and stricter conditions. The programme is now managed by the Immigration Department of Malaysia, instead of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC). Nevertheless, MOTAC will continue to work with Tourism Malaysia to promote Malaysia as a long-term stay destination, particularly for retirees and high-income individuals.
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Parents are encouraged to apply for the MM2H programme as it has many benefits and incentives. One of the benefits includes schooling opportunities for dependents under 18-years-old. The principal applicant may request “Permission to Study” from the MM2H Immigration Unit for children aged under 18. However, it is subject to terms and conditions. Dependents under 21 can also further their studies at local universities and colleges.
If you would like to register your children into private colleges and universities, they are required to have a Student Pass. In order to apply for the Student Pass, dependents who are enrolling in a university or college must first terminate their MM2H Social Visit Pass. You may refer to the guidelines here.
The Government had introduced 10 new and improved requirements and conditions that balance both security and economic aspects after considering several views from ministries and agencies.
The Government also agreed to introduce and limit the number of applicants, which is not more than 1% of the Malaysian population. The objective of the new policy improvement is to regenerate Malaysia’s economy based on Malaysia's National Recovery Plan (NRP).
The new requirements are as below:
1) Participants need to be in Malaysia for at least a cumulative 90 days in a year.
2) Applicants should have an offshore income of at least RM 40,000 a month.
3) Applicants must own fixed savings account with at least RM1,000,000 and a maximum withdrawal of 50% is allowed on the principal value for the purpose of purchase of real estate, health and children’s education.
4) The age requirement for eligible participants is divided into 2 categories:
5) The duration for Long-Term Social Visit Pass is only 5 years instead of 10 years. However, it can be extended for another 5 years, subject to conditions, as long as participants are still interested in an extension.
6) Applicants need to declare at least RM1.5 million of their liquid assets.
7) The ‘pass fee rate’ is increased from RM90 to RM500 per year and the processing fee of RM5,000 is charged for the principal and an additional RM2,500 for each dependent.
8) Both applicants and dependents need to undergo and pass the security screening in order to renew their pass and exchange of citizenship.
9) All applicants and dependents need to submit a Letter of Good Conduct (LOGC).
10) Cooperation between the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) as well as travel agents.
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Other than schooling opportunities for dependents, there are more benefits and incentives that MM2H holders gain upon application. Here, we listed 7 incentives of MM2H.
Participants will be having tax free income from abroad which means their earnings from the offshore investment are not taxable (terms and conditions applied).
Participants may purchase as many residential properties in Malaysia as they would like, subject to the minimum price set for foreigners.
Participants aged 50 years old and above are allowed to work 20 hours per week in any critical sector (terms and conditions applied).
Participants will be given opportunities to invest in Malaysia subject to the terms and conditions set by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).
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You can apply for the programme by following the steps below that were issued by the Government.
1) Choose the method of application.
2) Submit the application.
3) Complete remaining conditions.
4) Gain endorsement of MM2H Visa.
You can refer to the application guidelines for issuing social visit passes for dependents and other related MM2H affairs.
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The National Audit Report 2019 revealed that from 2002 to September 2019, there were 48,471 foreigners from 131 countries who had been approved to participate in this programme.
In 2018, New Straits Times reported that there were as many as 40,000 applicants from 130 countries. According to the Secretary-General of MOTAC, Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah, Malaysia has received the most applications from China (11,820), Japan (4,618) and Bangladesh (4,018).
In recent years, he reported there is an increase of applications from South Korea, Australia and the United States. MM2H is a wonderful programme for senior citizens as it provides great medical healthcare and a lower cost of living.
The MM2H however, must entertain the policy of immigration that highlights the differentiation of rules between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. This is because Sabah and Sarawak are established as special provisions according to Section 64 and 65 of the Immigration Act 1959/63. These acts grant both states the authority to manage the entry of foreigners as well as their period of stay.
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