Aloha readers, foreign spouses of Malaysians and their Malaysian better halves. I’m back! Finally writing a long overdue segment of this series after a happily intense year of marriage, volunteering, and building my social media business. With the intensity of the past year, I have missed out writing a guide to applying for a spouse visa! Nonetheless, let me list a few good blogs towards the end to help you on this exciting journey.
Here’s a few good-to-knows to set your expectations & to make your planning more efficient before we move on to the meat of the process:
- Spouse Visas can be renewed at least 30 days prior to expiration
- The entire process can be completed in 2 to 3 visits. We completed in 3.
- Prepare cash. Credit/Debit cards are not yet accepted in paying processing fees.
- It pays to be really early.
- Be prepared to wait at least 2 hours. Better get those power banks handy. 🙂
Step 1 – Visit immigration to get application forms
Disclamier: My husband’s IC originated in Selangor so we visited the Selangor Immigration Department in Kompleks PKNS, Tingkat 2,, 40550, Shah Alam, Selangor
Unlike our previous trips to the immigration to apply for a short term social pass, and the spouse visa, we did not prepare as much for this trip. I read a couple of blogs a day before our intended visit to collect the forms and try our luck. We didn’t intend to complete the process. Our objective was to collect the forms and plan out our next move based on the information we gather.
We drove to the immigration on a Friday afternoon, about 2 p.m. with the following documents:
- Malaysian spouse IC
- Foreign spouse passport
- Marriage certificate
- Copies of all 3 documents
When we reached, there was no queue at the information counter which is a good surprise! We approached the officer on duty and asked for the forms for spouse visa renewal. He sifted through our documents before he handed the forms which include:
- Checklist of requirements
- Application For Extension Of Visit Pass
- Im. 38-Pin.
- Surat Akuan
Step 2 – Visit a commissioner of oath to stamp the ‘Surat Akuan’
Luckily, there is a commissioner of oath on the same floor of the immigration office which is about 30 steps away. The commissioner of oath was very efficient. He gathered our documents, then stamped the Surat Akuan in 2 minutes! We paid RM 8 in total. Two steps done in less than 30 minutes!
Step 3 – Submission of completed forms
*Monday of the following week
What to bring:
- Malaysian IC – Original & photocopy
- Foreign Spouse Passport – Original & photocopy of bio plus all pages with stamp and previous visas
- Filled out Application For Extension Of Visit Pass
- Filled out Im. 38-Pin.
- Stamped Surat Akuan
- Cash – at least RM 200
- Bottled water, snacks + fan
This is the most interesting part. Please do note that visiting the immigration early is very important because the numbers served to clients are limited! If the immigration ran out of numbers, you will have to come back the next day. We started preparing at 5 a.m. to reach Shah Alam by 6:30. We live in Kajang area. When we arrived, I was partly shocked to see about 50 people already lined up at the gates of PKNS. Partly surprised because my husband’s colleague who is married to a foreigner, has set our expectations about possible stampede and running as soon as gates open at 7 a.m..
When the gates opened, all hell has broken lose. Uncles, aunties & kids were all running to get to the immigration doors fast. Luckily, my husband has memorized the maze to the immigration office, and is quite fit. He ran like the wind to secure the number 13 slot in the queue. From 50+ to 13, that’s impressive! The immigration office opens at 7:30 a.m. so be prepared to wait for another 30 minutes. It’s quite warm as the a/c’s aren’t turned on yet so it pays to have bottled water, snacks and a fan. After all that running, you will need sustenance to get you through more waiting.
After showing our documents to the officer at the information counter for initial checking, we finally got our number. We are the 13th to be assessed. An immigration officer normally takes 15 minutes to assess one couple, so we decided to take a quick breakfast. When we came back, the officer was already serving the 11th couple. Right on time! As our documents were complete, it took about 5 minutes to finish this step. We paid RM 130 for a one year extension, and was given a receipt. Keep this receipt in a safe place as this is the main requirement in collecting the passport with the extended spouse visa. The receipt shows that we can collect after 2 days, at 4:00 p.m..
From arrival to PKNS to completing this process, it took us less than 3 hours, of which 80% of the time was waiting. Patience is key! Have loads of it.
Step 4 – Collection of passport
*Wednesday of the same week
What to bring:
Collection of passports normally start at 4:00 p.m.. We arrived at 4:00 p.m. and dropped our receipt at the information counter. Wrong move to arrive on the dot. There were a ton of receipts already piled when we submitted ours. Because of this, we waited for more than 2 hours for my name to be called. The office was already closing with just a couple of officers left to service the remaining clients. I would urge you to arrive at least an hour earlier.
It was almost 7:00 p.m. when I received my passport. It was a long wait but it’s always worth it!
Recommended blogs – Spouse Visa (LTSVP) Application
As promised, here’s a list of blogs you may visit to enlighten you on spouse visa (LTSVP) application (as I have completely forgotten to write my experience over a year ago):
Step by step guide to Long Term Social Visit Pass Malaysia (Spouse Visa)
- How to apply Long Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) for Foreign Husband of Malaysian Wife
- How to apply for Malaysian Spousal Visa (Long-Term Social Visit Pass)
Hope this blog has helped you in your journey! If you know anyone who may benefit from this, please feel free to share. The next installment of this series will be in October of next year! Till the next blog!