Malaysians in the UK


Malaysians in the United Kingdom are British citizens who are of Malaysian descent or Malaysian citizens residing in the United Kingdom.

The Malaysian British community does bear quite a similar trend to that of British Chinese and Singaporean British communities in terms of population spread and culture. The Malaysian community in the UK is one of the west’s largest, with this mainly due to the influence of the British Empire on Malaysia.

The 2001 UK Census recorded 49,886 Malaysian-born people. The Office for National Statistics estimates that 59,000 Malaysian-born immigrants were resident in the UK in 2013 with estimates in 2015 as over 75,000. In December 2008 it was reported that over 30,000 Malaysians who entered the UK temporarily have actually overstayed their visas. In 2013, there were 14,500 Malaysians studying in the tertiary level in the United Kingdom, making Malaysians the one of the largest overseas student group in the United Kingdom and making the United Kingdom the country with the 2nd most number of Malaysian students.

UK Work Visas for Citizens of Malaysia

18 – 45 year olds from Malaysia are able to apply for a Work Visa to the UK. Successful applicants can migrate and work in the UK permanently or temporarily.

UK Student Visas for Citizens of Malaysia

Anyone from Malaysia wishing to study in the UK is required to obtain an appropriate Student visa before commencing any course.

UK Ancestry Visas for Citizens of Malaysia

An Ancestry visa allows those with a UK-born grandparent to live and work in the UK.

UK Citizens and Residents in Malaysia who require consular services can contact the UK Embassy in Malaysia through the contact details listed below:

Responsible Mission:

British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Street Address:

Level 27 Menara Binjai 2 Jalan Binjai Kuala Lumpur 50450 Malaysia


+6 03 2170 2200


+6 03 2170 2370



Opening Hours:

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 8.00am to 12.30pm and 1.15pm to 4.30pm Friday: 8.00am to 12.30pm

Special Procedures:


The High Commissions, Embassies and Consulates offices deal with a large number of urgent cases each year. Before contacting theirour offices with non-urgent enquiries, please read our Support for British nationals abroad: a guide to see if the information you need is there. If you still cannot find the information you need, you can contact your nearest Consular team. Please contact the Consular Section to make an appointment for this service.


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