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:
- Application Procedures to apply Visa With Reference (VDR) before entering Malaysia
- Application Procedures for a Student Pass
- Arriving in Malaysia: At the Malaysia Immigration Check Point
- Issuance of Student Pass to Students
i. To apply for a visa to enter Malaysia
As of 1st January 2014, all international students must obtain a valid 'visa with reference' prior to entering Malaysia for education purposes. All prospective international students must apply for the
'visa with reference' prior to entering Malaysia.
ii. To apply for a student pass for the pursuit of studies in Malaysia
Applications will be submitted by the educational institutions to the Director of Pass & Permit Division, Malaysia Immigration Department. 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 14 days of the application, irrespective of whether it has been successful or not.
To apply for a VDR document please submit the following document to International Student Services Divison (ISSD) UKM (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Copy/scan passport (All passport pages);
- Copy/scan UKM Offer Letter;
- Copy/scan passport size photograph (blue background)
Upon approval, ISSD UKM will email the VDR document to students. Students need to go to the nearest Malaysia Embassy/Consulate office to stamp the visa in their passport.
The VDR application will take about 30 working days to be approved by Immigration Department in Malaysia. For students from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and China, it will take up to 3 months for Immigration Department in Malaysia to approve their VDR document.
iii. Arriving in Malaysia: at the Malaysia immigration check point
Upon arrival at the airport in Malaysia, students have to show their Visa With Reference (VDR) 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.
iv.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, UKM 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 depending on the countries the students come from.