Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How to Get Permanent Residency (PR) in Malaysia: Part 2

In early December 2016, I shared that I submitted the documents for Malaysia PR application to the local Immigration Office in Seremban where I live.

After we successfully submitted the required documents for PR application, my husband and I understood that the next step would be an interview session with the Police and this would likely happen 1-5 years after the documents submission.

THE INTERVIEW INVITATION AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Last Thursday afternoon, my husband received a call from unknown mobile number. This call caught my husband off guard because it was actually from Seremban's Police Station. The officer who called him was double checking with him if he's indeed married to an Indonesian and whether we just submitted PR application documents not long ago.

After brief verification on the phone, this police officer then invited us to go to the Police Station for the first round of interview on the next day and would like us to bring along some documents (as follows) during the interview:

  1. Two (2) Applicant's Passport Photos (blue background)
  2. Photocopy of Marriage Certificates (both overseas and Malaysia's marriage certificates, if the marriage was done overseas)
  3. Photocopy of applicant's and spouse's passport books (since they were married)
  4. Photocopy of Malaysian spouse's IC card and birth certificate
  5. Photocopy of the children's MyKads, passports and birth certificates.
  6. Photocopy of receipt of the PR Application Document Submission, if you still keep it

The above documents are actually parts of the documents that we submitted to the Immigration Office for applying PR in last December. Just make sure that you also bring the original documents for verification during the interview and bring TWO SETS of the above documents. 

My husband was driving when he received the call from the Sergeant who invited us for the interview at the Police Station so he was not aware that we ought to give him 2 sets of the photocopied documents. Alas, after the interview, my husband had to find a photocopy shop outside the Police Station to make another set of the copies and pass the documents to the Sergeant.

THE INTERVIEW


Our interview took place last Friday around 11am at Balai Polis Seremban. When we arrived to the Balai Polis, we registered ourselves at the Police Station's Security Post. The officer who manned that Security Post then gave us a receipt (stating that we had an interview appointment with the Officer XYZ) and two name tags (one for me and one for my husband) so we could enter the Balai Polis as visitors. He also took our mobile phones and kept them in a locker because we're not supposed to have them during the interview. After the interview and when we're leaving the Police Station, we can return the locker's key to him and get our mobile phones back.


I must confess that both of my husband and I did experience a bit of pre-interview jitters because both of us didn't expect to be invited for the interview so soon and could not guess what the interview's questions might be. 

Anyway, after we entered the Balai Polis, we went straight to the second level of the building to find the Sergeant who invited us for the interview. This Sergeant is apparently with the Police's Pejabat Bahagian Intelijen Keselamatan.

This Sergeant was surprised when he saw us bringing Brennan along to the interview. He thought there would just be my husband and me attending the interview. I explained to him that we had no babysitter at home so we had no choice but bringing this baby with us. He was okay with that and realizing that a baby had now joined our interview; he wanted to start the interview ASAP and finish it as quickly as possible.

There was nothing to be afraid of or nervous about the interview as the interview with the Police was done in a friendly and casual manner. Also, the interview questions basically revolve around confirming the applicant's and his/her Malaysian's spouse personal data such as date of marriage, where and when the couple first met, current address, length of stay in Malaysia thus far, how often and how long the applicant goes back to his or her home country, personal info of the applicant's and spouse's immediate family and children, education and working background and the likes. The interviewer threw questions as per the list in the form he had on hand and when he was jotting down our answers, he also double checked our answers to the documents that he requested for his report.

He shared with us that he received our PR application documents on February 8th 2017, He then called us and invited us for interview on the 9th and on the 10th, we had our interview with him at the Police Station. My husband and I agreed that the way the Police Station processed our PR documents was very efficient. We got the interview invitation from them just two months after we submitted the documents. Yet, the Sergeant/interviewer could not confirm with us if this would be the same case with the Immigration Office later on because after he makes the interview reports and passes the documents to his HQ, the next step of this application will be handled by the Immigration Office again. He could not confirm when and how the Immigration Office will contact us for the next step.

This interview in the Sergeant's office took about 30-40 minutes in total and we are glad that we have now passed the second stage of the PR application in Malaysia. 

Quick Tips:
  • Do not forget to bring the required original documents and two sets of the document copies
  • Make sure you and your spouse wear polite attire when attending the interview (no short pants or mini skirt, please)
  • Have quick pre-interview discussions with your spouse on your personal information (dates of marriage, where the couple first met, current or past working status, etc.). Make sure neither of the party has some sort of amnesia on your personal information so applicant and his or spouse can answer all the questions with confidence and the answers to the interview questions from both husband and wife are tally and wouldn't spark dubiousness
  • The police officer who interview PR applicants will most likely use Bahasa Melayu during the interview and for writing his report. If you are able to communicate or answer all the interviewer's questions in Bahasa Melayu, that'd be a plus value because it'd make the interviewer's job much easier

Good luck and I will update again on the next stage of this PR application when the information is available.

** Please note that this information is based on my personal experience and subject to change in accordance with any amendments to the rules and regulations from the Malaysian Government.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info! Really useful. I have my interview on Tuesday, was rather nervous but it sounds pretty straightforward. Hope you get your PR soon!

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  2. Thanks and all the best to you too.

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  3. Did you know you as the spouse to a Malaysian husband, have the right to apply for citizenship directly without having to apply for a PR?

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  4. Hi can anyone help me to clear my doubts?Recently I received a call from police for my wife PR interview.We attended the 1St interview in penang but now we reside temporarily in jb.Bcos currently I'm working in Singapore,daily travel in and out.I never mention anything to the police that I'm staying in jb and agreed to attend the interview this week.Is it ok?I don't want to transfer my file to jb bcos we plan to stay here temporary only.Later will settle down in penang back.Waiting for your kind reply.Thank you.

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  5. Good day to you . I need your help . i'm stuck in the PR application forms, i got a bunk of forms in front of me, dont know how to fill up , can you help me in ? Kindly drop me an email at maidouchuchu@hotmail.com . Thanks alot!

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