Visa Procedures

Procedure 1: 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 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 seven (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.

Documents required for the application of a 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

Procedure 2: Arriving in Malaysia - at the Malaysian 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.

Procedure 3: 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 students 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.


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