This is a continued blog from my previous blog of Foreigners getting married to Malaysian.
You can download the forms and checklist here for First time LTSVP at JIM KL (Jalan Duta) also there is a sample of how to fill in as well in the folder.
For JIM in other states, you need to walk in to obtain the forms from them. I believe it is 95% similar just different wordings on the forms. The documents you need to do will be the same.
To apply for LTSVP, you’d need to make an online appointment at JIM where you stay. Go to http://sto.imi.gov.my/e-temujanji/ and select the branch. Make the booking under New Long Term Visit pass selection. During Covid time, the slots are extremely limited and usually booked out the minutes they are released. You can only book 3 months time in advance and everyday the booking website will release new slots at 12am midnight. So you have to standby at midnight for it. I hope by the time you read it, they will improve on this. For my experience, I tried for 1 week everyday at midnight but I couldn’t get any slots, old and new, because they are all booked – I even check day by day and there were no hope. But because I join Foreign Spouses Of Malaysian Citizen Facebook Group and someone said JIM release more slots. I went and check and I can book an slot right away! I was very lucky to secure a slot during the pandemic time.
FOR THE DOCUMENT PREPARATION, this is the list I did to keep track (not same order as the checklist), with some tips:
- Borang 55 1 copy – Print out from the above link and fill in.
- Borang 12 2 copy – Print out from the above link and fill in.
- Borang 35 2 copy – Print out from the above link and fill in.
- IC of local spouse & witness IC for security bond (certified by JPN, there is a JPN right next to JIM KL) – make a few copies each.
- Marriage Cert Original & 2 copy certified by JAWI (if issued by JAWI) or JPN (if issued by JPN) – make more than 2 copies because you might need in the future. I made 5 copies – it is free to do at JAWI in my case.
- Foreign spouse’ s passport all pages copy
- Marriage picture of just you two (no family). Of course with wedding costumes on. Color-printed out the picture, not on A4 paper. I print out our picture of Akad Nikah date.
- Security bond form – Print out from the above link and fill in – I got confused by the wording too but check out the sample picture I had in the folder so you know how to fill in. Get someone to be your witness and sign the form. After that go to POS office to purchase HASiL stamps (buy at least 2-3, you will need 1 for work endorsement too). After that go to your nearest LHDN office to stamp on. I went to LHDN office on Jalan Duta and it was very fast.
- Surat Akuan – print from my link, fill in the info, stick your photos and go to a Commissioner of Oath to get it signed & chopped for you.
- Borang Maklumat (number 13 in checklist) – Print out from my link and fill in.
- House Contract/ Tenancy – 1 original & 1 copy
- We purchased a home so we brought our home contract and bank loan confirmation.
- To my knowledge, if you rent a place, you need to provide tenancy contract with duty stamp from LHDN
- If you are staying with someone else and that person is the home owner (like your parents) – need to prepare a letter saying that they allow you to stay at their place, home contract, and get the home owner IC certified by JPN as well (best is home owner to be presented at JPN too). If homeowner cannot be there, I heard some people go to Commissioner of Oath within JIM KL to explain and obtain a form for this saying that home owner cannot be present due to certain reason.
- If you are staying with someone else and that person is the home owner, you need to present the tenancy contract with LHDN stamp, a letter saying that they allow you to stay at their place, and get the tenant IC certified by JPN as well (best is home owner to be presented at JPN too). If they cannot be there, same as above, go to Commissioner of Oath within JIM KL to explain and obtain a form for this saying that home tenant cannot be present due to certain reason.
- Latest utility bill 1 original and 1 copy – under your name with the address you provide. It could be electricity, water, or phone bill, internet if you are renting or staying with someone else
- Picture of house – clear pictures of house number, of the street with street name, building front. Take a lot of pictures of the house outside inside in case officer ask for more, you can go print without going back to take.
- Payslip verified by company HR – get your company HR to help verify 3 latest salary slips.
- Download KWSP statement for latest 3 months – my husband log in to his KWSP account to download this, salary must be minimum RM2000/month.
- Bank statement verified by bank – go to your nearest bank to ask them for verified bank statement of 3 latest months.
Once you did all the documents, print out the Appointment email you got from STO website. And go to JIM for application.
Our appointment is at 9.30am, we arrived at 9.30 & queued up to go inside. It was on a Monday so the office was very busy. We didn’t print out the appointment email so we had to go back again and queue again.
After that the officer only allow my husband (local spouse) to go in, I had to wait outside. He went in, take number and waited to be called. Once his turn, the officer check our documents and ask for a few copies of certain things, he had to go out and go back a few times.
I waited outside for him for 3 hours. Then we went out for lunch break around 12.30pm because the office closed for lunch break too. We came back and lined up at 2pm to get Special Pass done for me. This time I had to join him. The officer took us upstairs to get Special Pass done.
Why do I need Special Pass? Because Special Pass to get married my pass expires by the time I apply for spouse visa so I had to get a new one, and I can only get a new one after the officer accept our submission and took us there. So if you Pass (special pass, EP, Tourist etc..) expires before your appointment date, worry not, you can renew it during LTSVP application too (as long as you already registered your marriage).
At the Special Pass office, we were asked to fill in some statement form, paid RM100 and wait for around 1 hour.
After that we went to the photostat to make a few copies of the pass before returning to the LTSVP officer. He checked again and proceed to take our thumb prints.
After that he asked us to go to counter 33 to make Statement. We went in to another officer in a small room and he starts asking my husband a few questions like where do we meet, where does he work, what did I do before, when was our marriage date etc. Standard questions. He asked in Bahasa. Then we returned to the LTSVP officer to collect my passport back & the Letter of Acceptance for my application. Everything finished at 4.30pm. So it took us whole day for this, but all is expected.
The acceptance letter says I will get 12 months pass.
I waited 1-2 days for my application data is updated in the system then I logged in to https://imigresen-online.imi.gov.my/myimms/main to pay Security bond of RM1,500 (bond value varies depends on spouse country). I printed out the payment receipt.
After 2 weeks, I logged in to http://eapp.imi.gov.my/tanya/create to check my application status – I select JIM KL and Visa catergory, put my application number in the Inquiry box. Surprisingly, they emailed me on the same day saying my application is PASSED and I can come to collect my visa.
I printed out the email and walk in to JIM KL to collect. I went in around 11am, waited for my number to be called to pay visa processing fee (RM616) at 1pm, collected my visa at 3pm. If you haven’t paid the bond before, they will ask you to log in to the link above and pay on the spot. If you had, just show them the receipt.
They gave me 6 months visa instead of 1 year as stated on the letter, explaining that this is the new rules. I was a bit disappointed but it’s alright, renewal process won’t be such a hassle anymore I hope.
Overall, me the process of submitting LTSVP is much smoother than marriage registration, or it could be because had so much experience dealing with paperwork this time. But rule of thumb is to get everything done properly and promptly, you’ll be all set!
If you have any questions, you can comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, i’d try my best to help!
All the best of luck!