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The Next Step: Application For Malaysian Citizenship

Posted by on 8 September 2014

I was in Putrajaya last week to settle some paperwork with Imigresen (Immigration) and Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (National Registration Department) a.k.a. JPN for short. As expected, the process was tedious and cumbersome and involved a lot of running around from one office to another. But I consider all of that hassle as negligible, considering how  that particular trip led to an unexpected blessing — I managed to find out that I am now actually eligible to apply for Malaysian citizenship! At long last, the question I’ve long been asking has finally been answered.

Translating loosely from the pamphlet given out by JPN, as the wife of a Malaysian citizen, I can apply to become a Malaysian citizen under Section 15(1), on the following conditions:warganegara_borang

1. The marriage was registered according to the written laws of this country.
2. The marriage is still valid and in force (for lack of a better term as I type this at 2339 hours on a Monday night).
3. I have been a Permanent Resident for at least two (2) years.
4. Good behaviour.

For my application, I need to prepare the originals as well as photocopies (front and back copies of the same document in a single sheet) of the following documents:

1. My Malaysian Identity Card (IC)
2. My husband’s IC
3. Marriage certificate
4. My husband’s birth certificate
5. My Entry Permit (Permit Masuk), i.e. the small slip of paper indicating my Permanent Resident status
6. Three (3) photographs measuring 38mm x 32mm

The application must be submitted personally by the applicant to JPN’s head office in Putrajaya, and the applicant must be accompanied by her Malaysian husband.

The application form mentions that there will be an application fee but did not state the amount specifically.

JPN’s website states that it will take 12 months for them to process the application to become a Malaysian citizen, then the applcation will be sent to Kementerian Dalam Negeri (Ministry of Home Affairs) for final approval.

I’m stoked. I’m nervous. Time to get all the documents in order and drag DH along to JPN Putrajaya stat. Wish me luck!

13 Responses to The Next Step: Application For Malaysian Citizenship

  1. bertN

    Lots of luck to you! Does Malaysia allow dual citizenship?

  2. Mimi

    BertN, nope.

  3. Rodi

    Hi Mimi

    I came across your blog with great interest on expatsblog.com, especially this post.

    My wife Diane and I are moving to Penang in the spring from the USA. I was recently laid off from my job and we decided to try early retirement. Moving overseas from the USA makes the most financial sense and we’ll be applying for an MM2H visa as soon as I turn age 50 (The cost of the visa is double for younger applicants). We’ve never been to Penang so it’s a big leap of faith. WE do love Borneo, however.

    Ironically I just posted on new stricter rules just announced for MM2H applicants regarding income verification. I know hardly anyone gets Malaysian citizenship or even residency so congrats on your eligibility.

    Anyway, my blog is new and we’re trying to I search to build a readership and make new friends, especially those in Malaysia. If you could check out my blog briefly at http://www.experimentalexpats.com, I’d be honored to have you as a follower if you enjoy it.

    WE look forward to following your journey to citizenship and hope you follow our progress as MM2H holders
    Rob and Diane

  4. LeShie

    Hello, Ms Mimi.

    My mum stays in Malaysia since 1992, married, divorced, married.
    Now, I think my mum still could’t apply even for PR because (maybe):
    1. can’t speak Malay language
    2. probably since husband is a Chinese-race
    3. mum is from HK (China?)
    4. frequently(more than 5 years once..) leaving Malaysia to visit grandpa all together
    5. and she thought (and knew) the probability of applying PR / citizenship is less than a percentage.
    6. simply didn’t go to apply because she doesn’t need..

    Some immigrants in Malaysia don’t apply for PR or citizenship solely for 2 reasons: ‘race’ and ‘chance‘. Most Chinese-race never have the thought of being a citizen of Malaysia.

    What would be your thought when you see the information I’ve given? Wish this sharing would be something new to you. ;)

  5. Maple Tree

    Hi LeShie,

    According to your info provided above, your mum can obtain PR or citizen status anytime if she wants.

    1. can’t speak Malay language (Bahasa Melayu is NOT required for foreign spouse)
    2. probably since husband is a Chinese-race (Regardless race of M’sian husband/wife)
    3. mum is from HK (China?) (Except Israeli citizens. I’m from China and a M’sian PR, I have many friends also originally from China, they are M’sian PR even citizens)
    4. frequently(more than 5 years once..) leaving Malaysia to visit grandpa all together (No impact at all)
    5. and she thought (and knew) the probability of applying PR / citizenship is less than a percentage. (Too subjective)
    6. simply didn’t go to apply because she doesn’t need. (Individual perspective)

  6. Rahul

    Took me time to read all the comments, but I relaly enjoyed your nice article. It proved to be great and helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had joy writing this article. ThanksTook me time to read all the comments, but I relaly enjoyed your nice article. It proved to be great and helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had joy writing this article. Thanks

  7. Cindy

    Good afternoon po!

    Napakaganda po ng blog site nyo- informative saka entertaining especially sa mga nasa Malaysia or gusto magstay sa Malaysia. Baka po pwede nyo kami bigyan ng advice regarding sa dual citizenship. I mean, aware po kami na once nagrant na ang Malaysian citizenship eh marrevoke na ung naunang citizenship.. pero paano po kaya kung 1 yr old pa lang ung involved. Pinanganak po kasi ung baby ko sa Pinas and then dinala namin dito sa Malaysia using PH passport then saka namin sya niregister at nakakuha na din kami ng Malaysian IC nya. 4 mos, na syang nagsstay sa amin but then namatay ung nanny nya at pareho kami nagwwork ng asawa ko.. for the mean time nasa Malaysia nanay ko para magalaga pero kailangan na nya umuwi so since wala na kami iba mapagkakatiwalaan na magalaga kay baby, gusto sana namin sya isabay sa paguwi ng nanay ko pabalik ng Pinas. Kaso baka ho magkaproblema kami sa PH passport ni baby pagexit kasi ang last chop nya is January 2016 pa..Ayaw naman po namin marevoke ang Malaysian citizenship nya kasi gusto namin pa din sya makasama kapag medyo malaki na sya. Ano po bang gagawin namin?

    Salamat po sa madaming tulong..

  8. Mimi

    Hi Cindy, I replied to you via email. Sana natanggap mo.

  9. Tropical Forest

    Hi Mimi,

    No updates from you since Sept 2014. Have you obtained Malaysian citizenship successfully?

  10. Mimi

    I am already eligible to apply for citizenship but haven’t quite gotten around to doing it yet.

  11. Zheng Ning

    Hey Mimi! Did you study for a Diploma/Degree in Malaysia? Or back in the Philippines? And do you think It would be easier for a foreigner to obtain PR in Malaysia if He/she studies there?

  12. Mimi

    Hi Zheng Ning,

    From what I know from friends and people in similar situations, PR is easier to be obtain for women who are married to Malaysian citizens. Educational background is not that important.

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