Student visa for Malaysia

Applying for a Malaysian student visa (Student Pass) is a multi-step process and might seem somewhat complicated at first. Please note that the visa application process and the list of required documents may change at any time. 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 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 should 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 3–6 weeks. After getting the EVAL approval, you should apply for the Single Entry Visa. You can apply for it at a Malaysian Embassy in any country except for Singapore. The actual Student Pass application will be taken care of at the end of your university registration process in Malaysia.

Please don’t book your flights before your eVAL application is at least at 35 %. It is not recommended to arrive in Malaysia more than a few weeks before the orientation days. Please note that it is not possible to arrive in Malaysia before you have eVAL and SEV. As the semester dates may change and there might be a delay with your eVAL 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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