Immigration Information

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1.     Student Pass Application

Every international student is required to have a valid identification document and student pass for purpose of study in Malaysia.

With effective from January 2014, all foreigners who want to enter Malaysia to study are required to obtain the Visa with Reference (locally known as VDR) or means a visa issued by the Malaysian Representatives Office abroad to a non-citizen to enable individuals to enter Malaysia after the visa is approved by the Immigration Department of Malaysia.


Only application with complete documents shall be processed.  Completed applications form and all documents are to be sent to:  Centre for International Affairs, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Student Centre, Pauh Putra Main Campus, 02600 Arau, Perlis, Malaysia.

We will email to you the VDR upon approval, after which you can proceed to the nearest Malaysian Embassy/Consulate Office to stamp the visa in your passport.

The VDR approval takes about 2 to 3 months (working days).

DO NOT purchase you flight ticket until you have obtained the VDR approval.

The Immigration Law of Malaysia DO NOT ALLOW foreigners entering Malaysia on a special pass to apply for student pass.

Any immigration matters inquiry please refer to Mdm. Nor Juliana Johari via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +604-9885373.


2.     Traveling to Malaysia

To travel to Malaysia and to facilitate entry into Malaysia, you are requested to bring with you the following:

a)  A valid international passport

b)  Original copy of the offer letter

c)  Approval letter from the Malaysia Immigration Department


3.     Entering Malaysia

a)  Please take note that most international flights arrive in Kuala Lumpur and you will need to do the immigration clearance in Kuala Lumpur before departing for your domestic flights.

b)  Certain airlines do operate flights direct to Penang and the immigration clearance will be at Penang airport.

c)  If you are traveling by road from Singapore, the immigration clearance will be at Johor Bahru Immigration Check-Point and if you are traveling by road from Thailand to the main campus, the immigration clearance is at Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration Check-Point or at Padang Besar Immigration Check-Point.

d)  Irrespective of your port of entry in Malaysia, you will have to go through the immigration and passport control.  Please present your passport together with Immigration Approval Letter to the Immigration Officer, who will provide you the entry pass.