August 19, 2016

Original price of Malaysian work visas restored

THE Myanmar Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security has agreed to grant work visa to over 8,000 Myanmar workers at the previous price of US$6 after it was raised to $57 on 18 January.
The decision was made after a trilateral discussion on 19 January on the increase in the price of Malaysian visas for Myanmar workers between the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, the Myanmar Foreign Employment Entrepreneurs Federation (MFEEF) and the One Stop Centre (OSC) – a joint operation of companies from Malaysia and Myanmar that provide visa services to Myanmar workers seeking employment in Malaysia.
“We held a consultation after we heard from the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security that those 8,000 workers who were permitted to travel and work in Malaysia experienced difficulty as a result of the rise in the price of the visa. Ultimately, we asked [the workers] to pay a visa fee of $6. We must submit the list of workers to Nay Pyi Taw by 22 January. Starting on Monday next week, we will accept all of the 8,000 workers with visa fees of $6,” said U Saing Si from the information department of the MFEEF.
The negotiations were the result of objections by engineers and workers in December 2015 and January 2016 to plans to raise visa fees.
Workers who have been issued letters of invitation to work in Malaysia and or who have been permitted to travel for work by the Myanmar Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security will be able to purchase visas at their previous price. This includes a total of 8,107 workers.
Workers who have already received permission to work in Malaysia from the MFEEF and those who have not yet secured visas but have photocopies of the their invitation letters have until 4pm on 21 January add themselves to the list of people eligible to purchase Malaysian work visas for $6 at the office of the Myanmar Oversea Employment Agencies Federation.—Myitmakha News Agency


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