Malaysia Student Pass / Student VISA
Any foreigner who wishes to study in Malaysia is required to obtain Student Pass. Application has to be made through the respective Educational Institution prior entry.
At present, there are over 500 higher educational institutions in Malaysia but only about 200 of these institutions are given permission to recruit international students.
It is important for international students to note that they are only allowed to study in higher educational institutions which are approved by the following two authorities:
- Ministry of Higher Education (in Malay: Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi Malaysia) grants approval to institutions to conduct courses of study, and
- Ministry of Home Affairs (in Malay: Kementerian Hal Ehwal Dalam Negeri Malaysia) grants approval to institutions to recruit international students
Application Requirements and Procedures
Step 1 YOU submit an application form to study together with relevant documents to the intended educational institution which has the official approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs Malaysia Immigration Department) to recruit international students.
Step 2 YOUR application to study is accepted by educational institution which will then help YOU to apply for student pass at the Malaysian Immigration Department in Malaysia prior to YOUR entry.
Step 3 Upon acceptance, a letter of approval for student pass will be released by Malaysian Immigration Department to the educational institution which offered the place for YOU to study. The educational institution will send the approval letter to YOU while YOU are still in YOUR own (foreign) country.
Step 4 Before leaving YOUR country for Malaysia, YOU must inform the educational institution of YOUR port of entry (airport), flight number, arrival date and time.
Step 5 Upon YOUR arrival at the airport in Malaysia, the educational institutions representative will receive YOU at the immigration check-point at the Malaysian airport.
Visa will be issued to YOU at the entry point in the form of an endorsement on YOUR valid national Passport.
Note : Nationals from The Peoples Republic of China are required to obtain Entry Visa prior to entry into Malaysia)
Step 6 Within 2 weeks of YOUR arrival, the educational institution will submit YOUR passport to the Immigration Department to affix the Student Pass sticker.
Procedures For Entry Into Malaysia
The procedures below will give international students like YOU a more detailed explanation about visa, student pass and other procedures in order to enter and stay in Malaysia for study purposes :
1. Application Procedures for a Visa
2. Application Procedures for a Student Pass
3. Arriving in Malaysia: At the Malaysia Immigration Check Point
4. Issuance of Student Pass to Students
To apply for a visa to enter Malaysia
The Malaysian Government has introduced simplified and hassle-free entry procedures to welcome foreign students like YOU to study in Malaysiaâ€™s public and private higher educational institutions. A visa is required but the procedure is simple i.e. You do NOT need to apply directly for the visa from the Malaysian Missions in your country in order to enter Malaysia, with the exception of Chinese students from The Peoples Republic of China. The visa will be issued to you upon your arrival in Malaysia at the immigration check point.
To apply for a student pass for the pursuit of studies in Malaysia
The process to apply for a student pass is simple. The Malaysian educational institutions of higher learning which offer international students like YOU a place to study at their institutions will apply for the Student Pass on your behalf in Malaysia. Applications will be submitted by the educational institutions to the Director of Pass & Permit Division, Malaysia Immigration Department Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Students do not need to apply directly to the Immigration Department under this procedure. The prospective students will be informed of their application status by the Immigration Department in Malaysia through their educational institutions within 7 days of the application, irrespective of whether it has been successful or not.
Therefore, students are not required to apply for a visa/student pass from the Malaysian Embassy/consulate office abroad before proceeding to Malaysia. The educational institutions which enroll the students are responsible to make the necessary arrangement pertaining to immigration matters. All applications, processing, approval and issuance of the Student Passes and Visas for prospective foreign students are done in Malaysia, except for students from The Peoples Republic of China (PRC). The PRCs nationals are required to obtain their Entry Visas from the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai prior to their entry to Malaysia.
Documents required for applying student pass
The Malaysian educational institutions are required to submit the following documents to the Malaysian Immigration Department Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur in order to apply for the student pass for students who intend to study at institutions of higher learning in Malaysia. The Immigration Department requires seven (7) days to process the application. The documents are as follows: –
* An offer letter or letter of acceptance from the educational institution to the student
* Student Pass Application Form (IMM14) in duplicate
* Two photocopies of the students Passport / Travel Document
* Two passport-sized photographs of the student
* The educational institution is required to sign a Personal Bond* prescribed under Regulation 18 of the Immigration Regulations 1963. No fees will be charged for the Personal Bond.
Arriving in Malaysia – at the Malaysia immigration check point
Upon arrival at the airport in Malaysia, students have to show their Student Pass approval letter at the immigration check point. A Special Pass will be issued to refer the student to the respective State Immigration Department for issuance of the Student Pass. A visa will also be issued to the student at the entry point in the form of an endorsement on the students valid national Passport.
The Educational institutions representative will be at the immigration check point to receive and attend to the student. After the immigration clearance, the representative will be responsible to transfer the student to the educational institution for reporting of attendance.
1. Nationals from the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and the Commonwealth Independent States (CIS) who wish to study in public educational institutions are required to obtain prior consent from the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
2. Nationals from PRC are required to obtain Entry Visa prior to their entry into Malaysia
Issuance of student pass to students
Students will be issued a Special Pass valid for 14 days at the Immigration check point. Within two weeks of their arrival, the educational institution is required to submit the studentâ€™s passports to the State Immigration Department to enable Student Pass stickers to be affixed. The fee for a Student Pass is RM60.00 a year (or part of a year) while a visa fee ranges from RM6.50 to RM100.00 depending on the countries the students come from. All payments of fees, issuance of Student Passes and Visas as well as renewal of Student Passes can be done at the relevant State Immigration Departments.
Only immediate families of students who are pursuing Post-Graduate courses will be considered Social Visit Pass according to the validity of the respective Student Pass
Higher Educational Institution is required to sign Personal Bond prescribed under Regulation 18, Immigration Regulations 1963 as a guarantee that the person to whom such pass is issued will comply with the provisions of the Ordinance and of any regulations made there under.