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How to enter Malaysia as a student?

Currently, the Immigration Department of Malaysia requires students from certain nationalities to apply a Single Entry Visa (SEV) from authorised Malaysian Embassy at the students’ home country. In order to do so, students are required to obtain a Visa with Reference (VWR) letter prior to their visit to the Malaysian Embassy. There are also nationalities who may directly enter Malaysia without a Single Entry Visa but are required to have the Visa Approval Letter (VAL). (Refer to the Visa Application Procedures below).

Applicants need to apply for the eVAL (e-Visa Approval Letter) via the Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) online application website: 3 months before making arrangement to travel to Malaysia or for registration.

How to enter Malaysia as an expatriate?

USM-IMCC Visa Management Office will apply the Visa with Reference (VWR/VDR) letter or Visa Approval Letter (VAL) on behalf of the applicants or international staff (expatriates) who are offered work placement in USM to the Immigration Department of Malaysia. The USM-IMCC will submit the application to obtain VWR/VDR/VAL once we received complete documents required from the Faculty or Human Resource Department to the Immigration Department 3 months prior to report duty of the personnel.

Application of single entry visa /visa on arrival) to Malaysia

Application of single entry visa (sev-single entry visa)/(via-visa on arrival) to Malaysia:

Once your application at EMGS is completed and Electronic Visa Approval Letter (eVAL) has been approved by Malaysian Immigration Department, Please DOWNLOAD and PRINT your eVAL from your application status via EMGS website. Effective 15 October 2017, original VAL will not be required to obtain your Single Entry Visa (SEV) from the Malaysian Embassy.

  • Students from non-visa required countries such as Commonwealth Countries can proceed to enter Malaysia by producing the eVAL upon arrival. Print your eVAL and offer letter in colour to present to Immigration counter at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) upon arrival. For the complete list of accepted countries, kindly refer to the Visa Application Procedures below.

      (e.g. Canada, UK, The Netherlands,Brunei, Tanzania)

  • Students from visa/non-visa required countries without a Malaysian Embassy or Consular Representative are permitted to enter without a Single Entry Visa (SEV) but MUST present the eVAL upon entry and obtain the Visa on Arrival (VOA) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Please proceed to counter 17 & 18 at Arrival Hall, Level 3 KLIA to obtain VOA stamp. You are required to pay MYR20.00 for fees to obtain your VOA stamp).

(e.g. Yemen,Palestine,Iraq,Somalia,Chad,Libya, Afghanistan,Syria)

  • Students from visa required/non-visa required countries with a Malaysian Embassy or Consular Representative in your country MUST obtain the SEV prior to their entry into Malaysia. Students need to print the eVAL in colour and bring along the eVAL to the Malaysian Embassy or Consular Representative (addressed in the eVAL) to apply for the SEV. Please ensure the Embassy writes down the Reference Number (BVP/STU/14XXX/E1000XXXXX1/) into your printed eVAL stating your SEV.

Once you have received your eVAL and obtained the SEV, you may book your flight and make travel arrangements.

USM wishes to advise you that the information on visa requirements given is intended as a guide only. For more accurate and up-to-date information on the visa requirements, you are advised to contact the Malaysian Embassy/High Commission/Consular Representative in your country. You may also refer to for more information. If your country does not have a Malaysian Consular Representative please contact the nearest Malaysian Mission for further advice.


Note: Upon arrival in Malaysia and USM, USM-IMCC Visa Management Office will assist the students/staff in converting their Single Entry Visa or VOA to a Student Visa or Employment pass. This procedure will normally take between 2 to 3 weeks.



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