Visit Visas to Malaysia cannot be converted into Work Visa upon arrival, the National Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force of Sri Lanka stated.
The Task Force urged Sri Lankans who are seeking employment abroad to do so via legitimate and authentic avenues.
It has been brought to the notice of the Task Force that an increasing number of Sri Lankans are arriving in Malaysia under Visit Visas with the belief that these Visas could be converted to Working Visas.
Due to such arrivals, Malaysian Immigration Authorities are taking stringent measures to scrutinise Visit Visa holders. About 20 Sri Lankans per week, who have been denied entry by the local authorities, are reportedly being deported directly from the airport, back to Sri Lanka.
Many persons that managed to get the entry endorsed into Malaysia on a Visit Visa, have later found out that they have been duped by ‘Job agents’ and they will be forced to work in harsh inhumane conditions with little pay and no labour rights, and thus become victims of human trafficking.
It was further reported that the amnesty period granted for illegal immigrants to exit from Malaysia ended on June 30, 2022. Malaysian Law Enforcement Agencies are now engaged in continuous raids to apprehend foreigners without valid Visas.
When apprehended, persons without valid Visas will have to serve time in the prison and upon being released they will be detained at a designated detention center, until such time that the arrangements are made to deport them at their own cost, the Defence Ministry of Sri Lanka stressed.