Student visa for Malaysia

Applying for a Malaysian student visa (Student Pass) is more difficult than applying for the student visa of many other countries. Please note that the visa application process and the list of the required documents may change at any time. Please keep this in mind when choosing your study abroad destination. Make sure to get the latest information on the visa regulations directly from the Malaysian embassy in your home country. Getting a visa to a foreign country should never be taken for granted and cannot be guaranteed by Asia Exchange in any way. Please also refer to our terms and conditions.

All students studying abroad at our Malaysian partner university Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) are required to apply for a student visa (Student Pass). Studying as a tourist on a Social Pass is not possible.

Please note that it is not possible to extend the 6-month Student Pass in the destination. If you wish to study for another semester at UPM, you must return to your home country and start the application process again. If you are thinking of applying for two semesters at UPM, you should apply for both at once, so that you can apply for the 1-year visa.

Application process

The Malaysian visa application process consists of 4 steps:

1. Electronic Visa Approval Letter application (eVAL)
2. Single Entry Visa application (SEV)
3. Student Pass application (the actual student visa)
4. Cancellation of the visa

Please note that eVAL (Electronic Visa Approval Letter) and SEV (Single Entry Visa) are not the Student Pass (Student Visa). Before being eligible for applying for a student visa (Student Pass), students must apply for an electronic Visa Approval Letter (eVAL) through EMGS (Education Malaysia Global Services) and pay the processing fee to EMGS. In addition, students need to pay a separate visa processing fee (270 MYR) to Universiti Putra Malaysia once they have arrived in Malaysia. You can start the eVAL application process right after you have received the Official Acceptance Letter (Offer Letter) from Universiti Putra Malaysia. The processing time for the eVAL application is about 5–8 weeks. You must apply for the Single Entry visa in your home country.

Please don’t book your flights before you know when your visa is going to be ready. You should not arrive in Malaysia earlier than 1 week before the semester starts so that you have enough time to apply for the visa in your home country. Please note that it is not possible to arrive in Malaysia before you have eVAL and SEV. It is not possible to come to study on a tourist visa either. As the semester dates may change and there might be a delay with your visa application, we recommend booking flights with flexible dates.

The visa application process may change at any time! We will send you more detailed information by email after the application deadline has ended.


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