Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to Get Permanent Residency (PR) in Malaysia: Part 3

Just a little updates on the progress of the above matter...

As I shared before, I submitted my PR application in Malaysia to the Immigration Office back in December 2016 and had the interview with the Police approximately two months after that (February 2017).

Since then, I periodically check my PR application status online but always get the same read: application is still in process. You can find your Nombor Rujukan in the receipt you got after you successfully submitted the application documents.

As my passport was expiring in 2018 and I had to renew my spouse visa by early June 2017, last month I had to make a trip to the Indonesian Embassy in KL to make a new passport book and once I got it, my husband and I immediately renewed my spouse visa at the local Immigration Office as usual. Understanding that my PR application process is still ongoing, I was granted the visa extension for two years.

Documents to bring to make a new passport at the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur:
  1. Photocopy of current passport's first page, visa page and last page (write down your address and phone numbers in Malaysia and Indonesia at the back of this document)
  2. Photocopy of Marriage Certificate in Malaysia
  3. Photocopy of Malaysian's spouse's IC Card

*Bring the original documents too for verification purpose, just in case
**Note that the earlier you get to the Embassy in KL the better because the queue in the Embassy is crazy long. Priorities/fast lane is given to senior people, expectant mothers and mothers with babies or young kids. I secretly thanked Brennan for helping me cut the 150-200 queues when submitting my new passport's documents and collecting the new book.
*** Cost (as per May 2017): RM 48 for the 24 pages' book. RM 102 for the 48 pages' book.

Back to my PR application topic, yesterday I got a letter from Jabatan Imigresen in my mailbox. I was actually nervous (and jumping for joy too!) when opening the letter, hoping I'd read the most wanted one-liner that says "Your PR Application is Successful" or something like that. But nope, apparently it was a formal invitation for another round of interview, this time around is with the Jabatan Imigresen N. Sembilan (the state where I reside).

My husband and I are scheduled to attend this interview in late August and ought to bring the original invitation letter and following documents along during the interview:
  • Photocopy of Marriage Registration/Certificates 
  • Photocopy of Applicant's passport books (since entering Malaysia)
  • Photocopy of Sponsor's passport
  • Photocopy of Sponsor's IC 
  • Photocopy of Sponsor's, Applicant's and Children's birth certificates

I was a tad disappointed when I found out that the letter was yet another interview invitation instead of a letter saying that my PR application was successful but my husband thought differently and positively -- at least my application is now progressing, which is true.

Finally, I still have no idea on the potential questions during the next round of interview with the Immigration folks but will update when I'm done with it. Hopefully all goes well just like the first one! *fingerscrossed*

** 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 Immigration Department.

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