Eligibility Criteria for the Returning Expert Programme

To be considered for the Returning Expert Programme, applicants have to first fulfill the following criteria: 

  1. Is a Malaysian citizen
  2. Is currently residing abroad and has been employed abroad continuously for a minimum of three years at the time of REP application
  3. Has not earned employment income in Malaysia continuously for a minimum of three years prior to REP application
  4. Does not hold any outstanding scholarship bond or loan with the Malaysian Government and its agencies

* Please note that REP applications should be submitted while the applicant is still residing and working abroad. Submissions made by applicants upon their return to Malaysia will not be considered.

  • Application Criteria For All Sectors (Except Healthcare)
    DIPLOMA
    • 12 years of cumulative working experience abroad
    • >20,000 salary earned abroad (equivalent in MYR) per month


    BACHELOR'S DEGREE
    • 8 years of cumulative working experience abroad
    • >20,000 salary earned abroad (equivalent in MYR) per month


    MASTER'S DEGREE / FULL MEMBERSHIP WITH A PROFESSIONAL BODY
    • 5 years of cumulative working experience abroad
    • 20,000 salary earned abroad (equivalent in MYR) per month


    PhD
    • 4 years of cumulative working experience abroad
    • >20,000 salary earned abroad (equivalent in MYR) per month

  • Application Criteria For Healthcare Sector
    BACHELOR'S DEGREE
    • 8 years from the date of full professional registration of cumulative working experience abroad
    • >20,000 salary earned abroad (equivalent in MYR) per month
    • Registered with MMC/MDC


    MASTER'S DEGREE / FULL FELLOWSHIP DEGREE WITH A PROFESSIONAL BODY OR EQUIVALENT
    • Cumulative working experience abroad as required for registration with NSR
    • >20,000 salary earned abroad (equivalent in MYR) per month
    • Registered with MMC/MDC (mandatory)
    • Registrable with NSR (mandatory)


    PhD

    • 4 years of cumulative working experience abroad
    • >20,000 salary earned abroad (equivalent in MYR) per month
    • Registered with MMC/MDC (mandatory) for clinical research


    1 Other healthcare professionals, e.g., pharmacists, nurses, allied health practitioners, etc., are subject to the eligibility criteria for general professionals as well as registration requirements set by the respective professional bodies/regulators, e.g., Pharmacy Board Malaysia, Malaysian Nursing Board, etc.


    2 Baseline REP criteria still applies. Additionally, specialists would require different periods of supervised work experience as prescribed by relevant NSR Specialist Committee. Details are available at http://nsr.org.my/criteria1.html