SHAH ALAM: The Immigration Department will begin issuing the Enforcement Card (e-kad) to illegal foreign workers to temporarily legalise their employment on Feb 15 this year.
Each card is valid till Feb 15, 2018. Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said employers and their illegal workers have only until June 30 to apply for the e-kad. “
There will be no extension beyond June 30 and we are firm about this.
“The e-kad will expire on Feb 15 next year, and during this one-year period, employers are advised to apply for their workers’ passports from their respective embassies and work permits.
“Strict enforcement will be carried out on employers and their employees once the e-kad expires. We are expecting between 400,000 and 600,000 applications for workers in the plantation, agriculture, industrial, construction and service industries," said Mustafar.
The e-kad, which will be issued for free, has safety features and the biometrics of the employer and their employees. It takes two days to process.
Mustafar said applications can be made at Immigration Department headquarters and its state offices in Peninsular Malaysia.
He added that the department is the sole authority issuing the e-kad and urged employers not to apply through middlemen or agents. Mustafar was speaking in a press conference after visiting the Kompleks PKNS Shah Alam, here, today.
Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali.