This is a post dedicated to international students who want to study in Malaysia. The topics covered in this post include:
a. Student Visa Requirements.
b. Student Visa Fees.
c. Student Visa FAQs.
d. Student Visa Reminders.
Malaysia Student Visa Requirements include the following:
- Acceptance Letter from the Institution the student applied for.
- Full Copy of the Student's Passport.
- Certified True Copy of Grades in clear copy.
- Passport Picture in blue background*.
- Pre - Medical Form and Results before and after arriving in Malaysia**.
- TOEFL / IELTS Results (if applicable)
- No Objection Certificate (NOC) or the Letter of Eligibility (LoE) for Sub - Saharan Countries.***
- Single Entry Visa (if applicable).****
*For students that are wearing glasses, it is important you remove your spectacles for the picture. Otherwise, you will be asked to take another photo for your application.
**It is necessary to perform a medical check-up before going to Malaysia to obtain a Single Entry Visa and another medical check - up within 7 days of arrival in Malaysia to process your Student Pass or Student Visa. The clinics and hospitals must be accredited by the Malaysian government. You may refer to the Malaysian embassy in your country as to which clinics and hospitals are accredited.
***Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d' Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equitorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea - Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
****Countries that need to secure a Single Entry Visa upon arrival in Malaysia to study: Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Lienchestien, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia Montenegro, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Marino, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, U.A.E., United Nations, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Samoa and Yemen.
Malaysia Student Visa Fees:
Apart from a Single Entry (in which the students have to apply for separately - cost depends on your country of citizenship). The student visa for Malaysia, there is no fixed amount charged for the visa fees. Typically, the student visa fee includes admission fees ranging from 2400 - 3500 ringgit Malaysia (RM), the total amount charged to the student is dependent on the Institution of admission. Here are some universities in Malaysia and their visa fees*:
IUKL - RM 2600 (includes application + visa fee)
APU - RM 2420 (includes application + visa fee)
Limkokwing University - RM 1000 (application fee) + RM 1900 (visa fee)
UNITEN - RM 120 (application fee) + RM 3250 (visa fee)
*updated as of June 15, 2015.
Malaysia Student Visa Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is the difference between a Single Entry Visa and a Student Pass?
- A Single Entry Visa (SEV) is a stamped document in a student's passport that allows them to enter Malaysia, it has a validity of thirty (30) days from the date of stamping. Once the student steps in Malaysia, the University will need to process student pass (or commonly termed as student visa), this is a sticker attached in student's passport and typically, the application for this takes 30 days, inclusive of payment.
2. Does every international student need a student pass to study in Malaysia?
- Yes, it is mandatory per Malaysian law.
3. Can I apply for a student pass by myself?
- Students are required to apply via their University, a student pass has it's own set of complexities that may cause problems for the students later on.
4. Do I really need to pass the IELTS or TOEFL exams for me to get admitted to a degree program?
- This is dependent on the course or degree program you are interested in.
5. Do I need to go through another medical exam after arriving in Malaysia?
- Yes! It is mandated for international students to complete a medical examination within 7 days from date of entry into Malaysia via accredited clinics and hospitals. Logic being, some countries do not have accredited clinics by the Malaysian government.
6. If I don't attend the Malaysian medical exam, what will happen?
- Your student visa application will be canceled, and you will have to return to your home country.
7. If my student pass application is rejected, can I get a refund for the application processing fee?
- Unfortunately, no, the processing fees are non-refundable.
8. If I don't like the institution I was admitted, is it possible to transfer?
- Yes, it is possible. In order for you to make the transfer, you will have to ask your campus a release letter to support your new student pass for the new college / university. The student pass is not transferable from one university to another, from one person to another.
9. When and how can I pay for my student pass application and processing fee?
- Students need to pay to their University. Then the University will be the one processing the visa for the student.
Malaysia Student Visa Reminders:
- The student's passport must be valid for at least 24 months (2 years) in order for the Malaysian Immigration to process the student pass or visa.
- All pages of the passport (including first and last pages) must be scanned properly. In the event that some passport pages are missing, the application will not process, students need to resubmit the relevant pages with Certified True copy (CTC) stamps with proper reasoning.
- All submitted documents must be in clear copies. Otherwise, they will need to be resubmitted for application to proceed.
- The Department of Immigration is no longer allowing a conversion of Social Visit Passes to Student Pass (student visa) for new applications. However, students who are already in Malaysia via a valid student pass but changed their visa to a Social Visit Pass, the student must show an exit stamp in their passport page to show that the student is not overstaying in their current pass.
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