Immigration procedures to enter Malaysia to study are simple and hassle-free
The requirements of the Immigration Department for international students are as follows :
Conditions To Qualify As A Student
The students must :
i. have already been accepted for a full-time course of study (inclusive of English programme) at a public or private higher educational institution
ii. have the financial capability to meet the course fees and living/travel expenses
iii. possess good health and character
iv. be seeking entry for study purposes only
Application Procedures For Student Pass
All applications for student passes by international students are done through Malaysian educational institutions. The processing, approval and issuance of student passes and visas is carried out by the Immigration Department in Malaysia, except for students from the People's Republic of China (PRC). Students from the PRC have to get their visas from the Embassy of Malaysia or the Council of Malaysia in the PRC.
Family Members To Stay With Students
Family members of students under the following categories will be allowed to accompany students to stay in Malaysia for the entire study duration with approval from the Immigration Department. They are:
Parents of students
Spouses, children and parents of students from Middle-East countries
Spouses and children of students who are studying postgraduate programmes
Working Part-time While Studying In Malaysia
International students are also allowed to work part-time (maximum 20 hours per week during semester breaks or holidays of more than 7 days) while studying full-time in Malaysia, subject to immigration requirements.
For further information about the immigration procedures and student pass, kindly contact the Immigration Department in Malaysia at the following address:
Visa, Pass and Permit Division
Headquarters of Malaysian Immigration Department
1st - 7th Floor (Podium), Block 2G4
Federal Government Administrative Centre, Precinct 2
62550 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tel : 603-88801000 Fax : 603-88801200
Website : www.imi.gov.my
6 easy steps to study in Malaysia
i. The student submits an application form for study, together with the relevant documents to the intended educational institution which has the official approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Immigration Department) to recruit international students.
ii. The student’s application is accepted by the educational institution, which then helps to apply for a student pass at the Malaysian Immigration Department in Malaysia (except for students from the PRC).
iii. Upon acceptance, a letter of approval for the student pass is released by the Malaysian Immigration Department to the educational institution for them to pass on to the student.
iv. Before leaving his/her country for Malaysia, the student informs the educational institution of his/her port of entry (airport), flight number, arrival date and time.
v. Upon arrival at the airport in Malaysia, the educational institution’s representative receives the student at the immigration check-point.
vi. Within 2 weeks of the student’s arrival, the educational institution submits the student’s passport to the Immigration Department, which attaches the student pass sticker.