Malaysia My Second Home is back but it may not last

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Stricter new criteria that participants have to meet in order to qualify for the MM2H programme.

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The Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme, which allows foreigners to stay in the country on a long-term basis, is back after being suspended for over a year.

In one of its final acts in government, the Perikatan Nasional-led administration announced the reintroduction of MM2H but with some controversial changes. There are now stricter rules and criteria for existing MM2H holders and potential holders.

  • Must stay at least 90 days (cumulative) in a year
  • Must have an offshore income of at least RM40,000 a month, up from the previous RM10,000 per month
  • Must now have permanent savings of at least RM1 million and a declaration of liquid assets of at least RM1.5 million, while previously only needed to have savings of between RM300,000 and RM500,000
  • Tenure of renewable multiple-entry visa reduced to five years from 10 years
  • Renewal fees for visa increased from RM90 a year to RM500 a year
  • Processing fee will now be RM5,000 for principal participant and RM2,500 for each dependent, while previously there was no processing fee.