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The Malaysian government is going to set up an Expatriate Services Division in 2013 in a bid to attract more foreign talent to the country.
Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said that the new division will be housed within the Immigration Department and work with expats to help them settle in the country.
By the end of March the new department should be in operation, offering an integrated service in relation to all immigration procedures, reports the Sun Daily.
It is all part of the country's Vision 2020 in which it hopes to balance the talent offered by its own citizens as well as those coming in from outside of Malaysia.
This should lead to a more buoyant economy, boosted by dynamic growth in a number of areas.
Mr Najib said that his government is making a commitment to greater ease of doing business and attracting Direct Foreign Investment.
In 2010 the Residence Pass-Talent (RP-T) system was introduced in order to facilitate the procedures associated with moving to Malaysia.
Mr Najib said: "The RP-T is an immigration innovation introduced to enable foreign talents to apply to work here for ten years.
"It's not a year-to-year application, so together with your spouse and kids, it gives you a sense of permanency."
In excess of 1,000 RP-T applications have been given approval since the system was launched in April last year.
The prime minister also listed 21 corporate leaders, foreign investors and international experts who the RP-T offer has been extended to.
Mr Najib said that his country is presenting a more open approach to immigration in order to proactively attract top talent.
Having a dedicated division to help expats through the legal work and bureaucratic processes will definitely be seen as an incentive as it can be difficult and time consuming to navigate.
Advice where needed can be especially useful for those who do not speak the native language of the country where they are moving to.
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