Malaysia Visas and Passes

Malaysia Visas and Passes

What is a Visa?

A visa can be described as the application process for foreign nationals that have the intention to come to Malaysia; however they must first show that they can qualify for entry before they can arrive in the country.

An endorsement on your travel document such as your passport will show that the visa has been granted to that particular traveler. Normally a visa that is granted to a person will only be valid for a period of 3 months.

Usually once you have obtained a visa you will not be denied entry into Malaysia unless there has been a material change of the circumstances, you have provided false information during the application of the visa or important information was not disclosed when the visa was obtained.

There are also other circumstances where the holders of visas will be denied entry and they include;

  • If the visa holder has a criminal record
  • If there are any other exceptional reasons as to why they should not be admitted
  • Due to medical reasons
  • If the visa holder is subjected to a deportation order

 

What types of visas are issued by the Malaysian Government?

 

The following visas are issued by the Malaysian Government to foreign nationals and they include;

  • Single Entry Visa – This type of visa is issued to foreign nationals that require a visa to enter into Malaysia mainly for social and business visits. The visa will normally be valid for a period of 3 months from the date of issue.
  • Multiple Entry Visa – The Multiple Entry Visa is issued to the foreign nationals that require a visa to enter into Malaysia for purposes such as business and government to government related matters. This visa has a validity period of 3 to 12 months from the date of issue.
  • Transit Visa – This type of visa is issued to foreign national that require a visa to enter into Malaysia while on transit to other countries. While for the foreign nationals that are on transit without leaving the airport precincts and who continue their journey to their next destination on the same flight will not be required to have the transit visa.

 

Is a visa required for everyone that travels to Malaysia?

No, not everyone that travels to Malaysia will be required to apply for a visa. As such visas will not be required for the nationals of the Commonwealth countries with the exception of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Nationals originating from ASEAN countries will not be required to apply for a visa if they stay for a period not exceeding 1 month, however if the stay is longer than that then a visa will be required with the exception of Singapore and Brunei.

While citizens from countries such as Cuba, People’s Republic of China, North Korea and Vietnam will be allowed to enter into Malaysia subject to the approval of the visa.

Nationals from the countries listed will not require a visa to enter into Malaysia and they includes; Switzerland, San Marino, Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and Liechtenstein.

Nationals from the following countries will not require a visa if they stay for not than 3 months and their purpose of visit is either for business and social; Argentina, Albania, Algeria, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Morocco, North Yemen, Norway, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

Citizens from the following countries will not be required to apply for a visa if they stay for not more than 1 month for social and business visits and they include; Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Corsica, Costa Rica, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, Greece, Greenland, Guan, Guinea, Guatemala, Laos, Macedonia, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa and Zaire.

Nationals of the following countries that do no require visas if they stay for no longer than 14 days for social or business visits; Iran, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and South Yemen.

Citizens that originate from the following countries will not require a visa if they stay for not more than 7 days for either business or social related matters; Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Byelorussia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghistan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia, Romania, Russian Federation, Tadjikstan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

 

How do I apply for a visa?

If you intend to enter Malaysian soil and you come from a country that requires for you to apply for a visa then you should fill in the related forms which you can get free of charge at the nearest Malaysian Mission abroad that offers entry clearance service.

If you come from a country where a Malaysia Mission has not been established yet then the other option is to apply for a visa at the nearest British High Commission, Consulate or Embassy as they will act on behalf of Malaysia. It is advisable that you check with the Malaysia Mission on whether or not they will be able to process your category of application, if for any reason they are unable to do then they will advise you accordingly on where you should make your application.

You can submit you application either by hand or by post and they should also be accompanied by;

  • Your passport that has a validity of at least 6 months
  • Return or onward journey travel ticket
  • Entry clearance fee which is non-refundable
  • Form IM. 47 (3 copies)
  • 3 passport sized photographs
  • Proof of sufficient finds

 

Again it is best advisable that you check with the Malaysia Mission as the documents may vary for each type of visit. This is because when you produce the necessary documents for the application the Entry Clearance Officer may then be able to decide on your application without any further inquiries. However, there are still circumstances where you will be required to attend an interview or will be requested to produce more documents in addition to the ones that you have submitted earlier.

 

What is a pass?

Now that we have covered what a visa is, let’s look at the pass. All citizens of foreign countries that intend to enter into Malaysia must meet the requirements of the Immigration rules at the point of entry or arrival. So a pass is basically a document that is issued to the holder that will entitle them to enter and remain temporarily in Malaysia.

There are several types of passes that are issued and they include;

Employment pass

An Employment Pass is basically a document that is issued to a foreigner that wishes to enter into Malaysia so that they can take up employment under;

  • A contract of service with the Malaysian Government, any of the State Government in Malaysia or any of the City Council or Municipality in Malaysia.
  • A contract for a minimum period of 2 years employment in Malaysia with a company or firm approved for that particular purpose and where that person is entitled to a salary that is not less than RM1200 per month.

 

If you are planning to take up employment in the state of Sabah, then the procedure is different as you have to apply for the Work Pass and not the Employment Pass.

 

A work pass is similar to that of an employment pass, however the difference is that the work pass will be issued to those that wish to enter into the state of Sabah so that they can take up work or employment in that particular state. The person that is applying for the work pass;

 

  • Is qualified to work or to undertake the employment in either business, trade or any of the calling in terms of the application that was made
  • Is someone who is taking up the work or employment will benefit the state of Sabah in general
  • Is during a time where there is not already unemployment in Sabah and the persons in that particular class of trade, calling or business.

 

So instead of being issued an Employment Pass you will then be issued a Work Pass so that you can take up work in Sabah. The Work Pass will allow the holder to enter into the state of Sabah within a period that is stated in the pass and to remain therein for the purpose of working or engaging in employment in that particular state that has been specified in the pass, however the period can not exceed the period of 5 years.

The Work Pass may also specify the employer or the proposed employer by whom a person that they can only employ. The Immigration Department of Malaysia must be informed by the employer if the holder of the Work Pass has been discharge from or has left the employment or has failed to take up that particular employment.

 

When you are applying for the Work Pass you should also submit the following documents together and the include;

 

  • Form 17 Immigration Regulations 1963 Regulation 16(6)
  • 3 recent photographs of the applicant that measures 3.5cm x 5.0cm
  • Other supporting documents where it is applicable
  • A covering letter
  • A copy of the Employment contract
  • A copy go the applicants passport or travel dcoumet

 

The employer in Malaysia must be the one that will submit your application of the Work Pass to the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

 

While you are there you will not be allowed to engage in any business or employment other than the one that is stated in the Employment or Work Pass that you have obtained. This means that every Employment or Work Pass which has been issued to any person will be subjected to the condition that during that during the validity of the pass, the holder will not without the consent from the Immigration Department of Malaysia will engage in any form of paid employment or in any of the business or professional occupation in Malaysia other than the particular employment, business or professional occupation that is specified in the pass.

 

An expatriated post must be approved by either the Expatriate Committee or any other relevant agencies before the Employment Pass can be issued to the applicant. Besides the application for the Employment Pass, it should also be submitted together with the following documents;

 

  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 8
  • 2 copies of Form DP 8
  • A duly stamped Employment contract
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport or travel document
  • A covering letter
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 38 (if applicable)
  • The approval letter by the relevant agencies
  • 3 recent photographs of the applicant measuring 3.5cm x 5.0cm

 

Your employer in Malaysia must be the one to submit your application for the Employment Pass to the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

 

As for your wife and child, they will be allowed to accompany you and remain with you during your employment in Malaysia. However, it will be subjected to certain terms and conditions such as they will need to apply for the Dependant’s pass for the holder of the Employment Pass and the Visit Pass (Dependant Child) for the holder of the Work Pass.

 

There will also be Employment Passes that will be provided for the foreigner’s spouse and it will be open the foreigner’s spouse that is living in Malaysia who possesses a valid visa with reference. The requirement for this particular pass includes that they must be legally married according to the written laws of Malaysia and the applicant must also have a secured job and they cannot be self-employed.

 

The pass will then be issued on a yearly basis which will be subjected to renewal. While submitting your application you should also include the following documents to support your application and they include;

 

  • 1 copy of Form IMM. 38 (if any)
  • A copy of the foreign marriage certificate
  • A marriage photograph
  • A copy of the passport or travel document of the wife or husband
  • A duly stamped employment contract
  • A duly stamped personal bond
  • The Company’s Registration, for example ROC 13, 24 and 49
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 12
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 8
  • A copy of the registration of marriage in Malaysia
  • A deed of marriage of declaration by either the wife or husband
  • A copy of the identity card of either the wife or husband
  • The letter of offer by the employer
  • A photograph of either the husband or wife measuring at 3.5cm x 5.0cm

 

Dependent’s Pass

 

A Dependent’s Pass is basically a document that is issued to a foreigner’s wife or child who holds a valid Employment Pass to take up employment in Malaysia so as to enable the child or wife to accompany or join the holder and remain in Malaysia throughout the period of their employment. The Dependent’s Pass will then allow the holder to enter into Malaysia on or before the date that is stated in the pass. They will remain in Malaysia for the specified period as may be stated but it cannot exceed the period of the Employment Pass which has been issued to the husband or the father of the holder of the Dependent’s Pass.

 

While they hold the Dependent’s Pass, the holder will not be permitted to engage in employment. This will include any form of paid employment in Malaysia and if the still wish to take up employment they will have to get the consent in writing from the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

 

To apply for the Dependant’s Pass, you will be required to submit the application along with the application for the Employment Pass or you can submit it after the approval of the Employment Pass at the nearest Immigration Department of Malaysia.

 

You should also provide the following documents along with the application for the Dependant’s Pass and they include;

 

  • 2 copies Form IMM. 10
  • 3 recent photographs measuring 3.5cm x 5.0 cm
  • A covering letter
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 39 (if applicable)
  • Proof of marriage

 

Visit Pass

A Visit Pass is basically a document that has been issued by the immigration officer to any person other than a prohibited immigrant that satisfies the requirements to enter into Malaysia for reasons such as;

 

  • For temporary employment
  • As the dependent child that is accompany or joining the holder of the Work Pass who intends to take up work in the state of Sabah
  • On a social business or professional visit
  • As a tourist

 

If you have been issued a Visit Pass as a tourist or for purposes such as social visits or as the dependent of the holder of a Work Pass then you will not be permitted to give political lectures, talks, speeches or engage in any of the political activity and engage in any form of paid employment, any business or professional occupation in Malaysia during the validity of that pass without the consent in writing of the Ministry.

 

The holder of the Visit Pass will be allowed to enter into Malaysia within the period and the conditions that have been stated in the pass and they shall remain in Malaysia for a period not exceeding;

 

  • In terms of the Pass for the dependent child of the holder of a Work Pass, then it will be for the duration of the Work Pass
  • In any other case, then it shall be a period of 12 months

 

You should be able to apply for a Visit Pass prior to your embarkation to Malaysia but it will depend on the Visit Pass that you are applying for. However there are exceptions and they include that you are;

 

  • In possession of a valid passport which will permit you to return to your place of embarkation
  • An ordinarily resident in Brunei, the Rhio Archipelago or Sumatra
  • Traveling to Malaysia on a direct journey from a place or port in any of the territories

 

Your application for a Visit Pass may be made by you personally or by a person in Malaysia on your behalf if you are required to apply for a Visit Pass prior to your embarkation to Malaysia.

 

  • Visit Pass (Professional)

 

A Professional Visit Pass will be issued to the foreigners that wish to enter into Malaysia for the purpose of engaging in short term contract with any of the agencies. The people that are eligible to apply for the Visit Pass (Professional) include;

 

  • People that are involved in the filming industry
  • Members of an international organization or volunteers
  • For religious purposes such as Christian missionaries, Indian priests, temple sculptors, Imam and Islamic scholars, Sikh priests and temple musicians
  • Artistes that includes dancers, actors, singers, musicians and performers
  • Researchers that are recognized by the Government of Malaysia
  • Invited speakers or lecturers
  • Experts in the installment and the maintenance of computers and machines

 

For those that wish to enter into Malaysia the foreign applicant of the Visit Pass (Professional) must be outside of Malaysia at the time of the application. Only when the application has been approved will the applicant be allowed to enter into Malaysia. The local sponsor must be the one to submit the application form to Immigration Department of Malaysia.

 

Category Conditions Notes
Artiste (Singer, dancer, musician, actor, performer) 

 

People involved in the Filming Industry

  • A covering letter
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 47 (if relevant)
  • A copy of the passport or traveling document
  • Statement from the Income Tax Department
  • A duly stamped letter of undertaking by the agent
  • A letter of recommendation from the Minister of Home Affairs (if relevant)
  • Letter from the Film Censor Board (applicable for filming)
  • The shooting schedule (applicable for filming)
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 12
  • Photographs of the applicants measuring at 3.5cm x 5.0 cm
  • A duly stamped Security Bond
  • HIF 62 and 63 ( for the state of Sabah and Sarawak)
  • The duly stamped contract
  • Letter from the Embassy and Malaysian Home Affairs for government related matters
  • List of names for the artists and crew
  • Letter of recommendation from FINAS (applicable for filming)
Letter of recommendation from the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Toursim
Researchers that are recognized by the Malaysian Government 

 

Members of an international organization/volunteers

 

Invited speakers/lecturers

  • A covering letter
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 47 (if relevant)
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 12
  • Photographs of the applicants measuring at 3.5cm x 5.0 cm
  • A copy of the passport or traveling document
  • A duly stamped Security Bond
  • HIF 62 and 63 ( for the state of Sabah and Sarawak)
  • Statement from the Income Tax Department
  • Letter from the Embassies and the letter of recommendation from the relevant government agencies
Letter of recommendation from the Ministry of Home Affairs (if any)
Religious purposes 

 

Imam and Islamic scholars

 

Christian Missionaries

 

Sikh Priest

 

Indian priests, temple musicians and temple sculptors

  • A covering letter
  • Letters from the respective religious body
  • Photographs of the applicants measuring at 3.5cm x 5.0 cm
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 12
  • A copy of the passport or traveling document
  • HIF 62 and 63 ( for the state of Sabah and Sarawak)
  • Additional Information Forms
  • Lists of the names of the committee members of that particular organization
  • A copy of the identity cards of the Committee members
Letter of recommendation from the relevant religious agency such as Persatuan Hindu Sangam for Hindu activities, Pusat Islam for Islamic studies and Majlis Gurdwana Malaysia for Sikh activities.
Experts in the installation or the maintenance of computers/machine
  • A covering letter
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 47 (if relevant)
  • A copy of the passport or traveling document
  • HIF 62 and 63 ( for the state of Sabah and Sarawak)
  • The manufacturing license
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 12
  • Photographs of the applicants measuring at 3.5cm x 5.0 cm
  • A duly stamped personal bond
  • The purchasing invoice
  • The working schedule of the applicants
Letter of recommendation from the Ministry of Home Affairs (if any)

 

Besides the Visit Pass (Professional) there is also the social business visit pass which one can apply for. Those that are eligible to apply for the Visit Pass (Business) include;

 

  • Investors or businessman that wish to enter into Malaysia for the purpose of looking for investment potentials or business opportunities
  • The owner of the property that is entering into Malaysia for the purpose of negotiation, selling and the leasing of their properties
  • Participants of sporting events
  • The owner and the company representative that is entering into Malaysia for the purpose of attending the company meeting, inspection of the company’s account, the seminars or to ensure that the company is running smoothly
  • The foreign representative of the companies that are entering into Malaysia for the purpose of introducing their goods so that they can be manufactured in Malaysia but they do not engage in any form of direct selling or the distribution of that particular product
  • Foreign reporter from the mass media organizations that are entering into Malaysia for the purpose of covering conventions or any other event in Malaysia

 

The passes obtained cannot be used for employment purposes or for the supervision of the installation of any new machinery or the construction of a new factory.

 

  • Visit Pass (Business)

 

The Visit Pass (Business) is issued at the point of entry and this particular pass can be extended upon application by the visitor at the nearest Immigration Department of Malaysia.

 

When submitting the application for the Visit Pass (Business) you will also be required to submit the following relevant documents and they include;

 

  • A visa if it is required
  • Ample funds
  • Not a prohibited immigrant
  • A valid passport or any recognized travel document
  • Return or onward air ticket
  • That the applicant will be able to return to their home country
  • Any supporting document that states the purpose of the visit

 

No fee will be charged for a Visit Pass (Business) that is issued for a period of 3 months; however a nominal fee will be imposed for each month after the specified time. As for the foreign visitors that have already entered into Malaysia on a Visit Pass (Tourist or Social), they may apply for the conversion of their passes into a Visit Pass (Business) at the Immigration Department of Malaysia. This particular ruling is designed in a way to assist the foreign visitors that wish to undertake any form of business activities in Malaysia.

 

The application for the conversion of the Visit Pass (Tourist or Social) to the Visit Pass (Business) must be submitted to the Immigration Department of Malaysia with a letter of recommendation from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

 

Another type of pass that is issued particularly to skilled and unskilled foreign workers in Malaysia is the Visit Pass (Temporary Employment). While these foreign workers may be allowed to work in Malaysia, they will only be permitted to work in the following sectors and they include;

 

  • Being a domestic helper
  • Working in the plantation
  • In the manufacturing sector

 

The foreign workers that will be permitted to work in the sectors that were mentioned are limited to the countries such as Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand and Pakistan. The employers from Sabah will only permitted to employ the workers from the Philippines and Indonesia while in the Federal Territory of Labuan can only employ the foreign workers that come from Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

 

As for the foreign nationals that can be employed as domestic servants they should be nationals of the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand. Only the employers that intend to employ the foreign workers to work in the approved sectors will e allowed to submit their application for approval.

 

If you would like to apply for a Visit Pass for your wife and child so that they can accompany you and remain with you throughout the duration of your employment.

 

As for the holder of the temporary employment or professional visit pass, should they wish to apply for their wife and children to accompany them and remain with him in Malaysia, then he must submit the application for a Visit Pass (Tourist or Social) to the Visa, Pass and Permit Division of the Immigration Department of Malaysia. It must be submitted through a local sponsor such as the employer together with the application for the Visit Pass (Temporary Employment). If a visa is required then the application for the Reference Visa must be made prior to the entry into the country.

 

Along with your application you should also include the following documents as well and this includes;

 

  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 10
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 38
  • Proof of family relationship
  • Proof of the husband’s Visit Pass (Temporary Employment)
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 8
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 55
  • 2 photographs measuring at 3.5cm x 5.0cm
  • A copy of the passport or relevant travel document

 

  • Tourist Visit Pass

 

As the name itself suggests a Visit Pass (Tourist or Social) will only be issued for the purpose of a social or tourist visit to Malaysia. This also means that when a person has been issued the Visit Pass (Tourist or Social) they will not be permitted to take up any form of employment, professional or business related work while they are in Malaysia.

 

You will be able to obtain the Visit Pass (Tourist or Social) at the point of entry, however before the Visit Pass can be issued to you, you must meet the requirements that have been outlined and they include that you must have a visa (if applicable to the country you originate from), ample funds, not considered to be a prohibited immigrant, have a valid passport, have a return or onward air ticket and that there is a certainty that you will return to your home country.

 

  • Student Pass

 

The family members of the student pass holder can apply to accompany and remain with the holder for the duration of their studies in Malaysia at the nearest Malaysia Representative Office abroad alongside the Student Pass application. You should take note that you are applying for the Visit Pass (Social or Tourist).

 

If there is no Malaysian Representative Office located in your particular country then application for the Visit Pass (Social or Tourist) can be done at the point of entry. Where you can then apply for the extension at the State Immigration Department of Malaysia where the educational institution is located. You should be aware that this should be done within 1 month from the date of entry.

 

Besides the application form, you should also submit the following documents to support your application and they include;

 

  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 12
  • Proof of family relationship
  • 3 copies of Form IMM. 47
  • 2 photographs that measures at 3.5cm x 5.0cm
  • A copy of the passport or other relevant travel document
  • Other forms of situations

 

For the Malaysian citizen that wishes to apply for his foreign wife to accompany him and remain with him in Malaysia, you should take note that the wife will enter on a Visit Pass (Tourist or Social). After you may apply for an extension and if a visa is required then the application for the Reference Visa should be made first before entering into Malaysia.

 

The application for the extension of the Visit Pass (Tourist or Social) can be made by submitting the application form to the State Immigration Department of Malaysia. Besides that you should also submit other relevant documents to support your application and they include;

 

  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 38 (if any)
  • A copy of the husband’s identity card
  • A copy of the marriage certificate or the marriage registration certificate
  • 2 photographs of the husband and wife measuring at 3.5cm x 5.0cm
  • The wedding invitation card (if any)
  • Security Bond
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 55
  • A copy if the wife’s passport or any other relevant traveling document (all the pages)
  • A copy of the husband’s citizenship certificate
  • A letter of declaration of marriage that is certified by the Commissioner of Oaths
  • Wedding or family photograph
  • A copy of the divorce certificate (if the applicant has been divorced before)

 

As for the children of the holder of a Work Pass, they can apply for the children to accompany them and remain with them for the duration of the work in Malaysia after they have submitted an application for a Visit Pass (Dependant Child accompanying holder of Work Pass in Sabah) has been submitted to the Visa, Pass and Permit Division of the Immigration Department of Malaysia. Applicants should also take note that the submission of the application should be made through a local sponsor and in this case it should be the employer who will submit it along with the application for the Work Pass.

 

If a visa is required then the application for the Reference Visa should be made first before entering the country. Along with the application form, you should also submit other relevant documents in support of your application and they include;

  • 2 photographs measuring at 3.5cm x 5.0cm
  • A copy of the passport or any other relevant traveling document
  • Proof of Work Pass
  • 2 copies of Form IMM. 12
  • Proof of family relationship
  • The birth certificate of the child

 

Transit Pass

 

A Transit Pass is basically a pass that is issued to any person on their arrival in West Malaysia as well as the states of Sabah and Sarawak. It will only be issued if that particular person can show to the immigration officer that they desire to enter into Malaysia for the purpose of passing through Malaysia so that they can get to the destination that is outside of it.

 

The person that will be issued this Transit Pass must have with them or is in the position to obtain such valid documents, if any as required by the immigration officer in order to permit them into entering the country or any part of Malaysia which is part of their destination, and is otherwise qualified under the law in force to enter the country.

 

So a Transit Pass is just a form of endorsement on the passport or an internal travel document held by the person whom it is issued to. Usually the Transit Pass will allow the holder to remain in Malaysia for a period not exceeding 1 month or as may be stated in the pass.

 

Student Pass

 

The immigration officer will issue a Student Pass to the person that satisfies the requirements that have been outlined and they include that;

 

  • They have been accepted as students at the recognized University or any other educational institution for the purpose of studying in Malaysia
  • They have in their possession of certificate that has been issued by the Minister who has been charged with the responsibility for the education to the effect that is desirable where they have been accepted a students at the specified institution in Malaysia and that they have already been accepted

 

You should take note that the immigration officer can also cancel you student pass on the grounds that the;

 

  • Person has failed within a reasonable time given to enter into a recognized University or any other educational institution that is required for the purpose of approving the Student Pass or designated in any certificate.
  • Have already entered that particular University or educational institution, however they fail to remain as or ceases to be a student anymore at the place of study

 

In order for you to apply for the Student Pass you will need to make an application in Form IM. 14. You should submit 2 copies of Form IM. 14 and along with that you should also provide other relevant documents such as;

 

  • 2 copies of the passport or other travel documents
  • The student name list
  • A duly stamped personal bond
  • A letter of acceptance from the government of the private educational institution
  • The applicant’s passport sized photograph
  • A covering letter for the application of the Student Pass from the educational institution

 

This will also mean that students will not be allowed to apply directly to the Immigration Department of Malaysia under this particular procedure. As for the submission of the Student Pass for that particular applicant, it must be submitted by the local sponsor which in this case is the educational institution to the Pass and Permit Division of the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

 

The Student Pass will be issued in Form IM. 15, which will then permit the holder of this particular pass to enter into West Malaysia as well as the states of Sabah and Sarawak. They shall remain there for the period subject to the terms and conditions which are stated in the pass. The immigration officer may also make an appropriate endorsement on the passport or the internal travel document that is held by the applicant and that such endorsement will be deemed as the Student Pass which will enable them to study in Malaysia.

 

Once the student has obtained the Student Visa, they will be allowed to come to Malaysia. This means that they will not be required to apply for a visa from the Embassy of Malaysia or from the Consulate Office before coming into Malaysia. As for the immigration matters, it will be the responsibility of that particular University or educational institution to make the necessary arrangements on their behalf.

 

Since it will be the University or educational institution that will be picking up the students upon their arrival in Malaysia, it is important that the students inform the University or educational institution regarding their flight details. A Special Pass will then be issued to the student upon their arrival in Malaysia; this pass will only be valid for a period of 14 days.

 

So before the expiration date of the Special Pass, it will be the responsibility of the University or educational institution to take the student’s passport to the State Immigration Department of Malaysia so that the Student Pass and Journey Perfom (JP) Visa can be issued.

 

The State Immigration Department will then issue a visa to the applicant of the Student’s Pass within 2 weeks after they have arrived. The visa will cost you between RM6.50 to RM100; this difference in the price is because of the existing bilateral agreement of the visa fess between the 2 contracting countries. As for the Journey Perform (JP) Visa fee, oncoming students will be happy to know that this has been exempted beginning March 2001. While the Student Pass itself will cost RM60 per year or part of it per student.

 

You can also apply for the student pass after entering Malaysia, however it is not encouraged for the foreign students to come to Malaysia first and then look for a place to study. For such circumstances the issuance of a Student Pass will be done together with the Journey Perform (JP) Visa while a RM500 fee will be imposed.

 

Special Pass

A Special Pass is a pass that is basically issued by the immigration officer to any person whom the immigration officer the issuance of the pass desirable;

 

  • In order to allow for the opportunity of making an inquiry for the purpose of determining whether that particular person will be entitled to an Entry Permit or is otherwise entitled to enter into West Malaysia as well as the states of Sabah and Sarawak or whether that person is actually a prohibited immigrant.
  • So that the particular person will have the opportunity to make an appeal under the Immigration law against the decision that has been made by the immigration officer.
  • For any other special circumstances.

 

Usually a holder of the Special Pass will be allowed to remain in West Malaysia as well as the states of Sabah and Sarawak for a period not exceeding 1 month or as may be stated in the pass.

 

The Special Pass can be either a document or an endorsement; this is because the Special Pass can be issued;

 

  • In the form of an endorsement on the passport or the internal travel document of the application; or
  • It can also be a document in Form 16 of the Second Schedule of the Immigration Regulations 1963.

 

It will be ultimately decided by the immigration officer whether you will be issued the Special Pass as a document or an endorsement. However you should take note that if the Special Pass has been issued in Form 16 then you will have to provide the immigration officer with 2 recent passport sized photographs of yourself.

 

Landing Pass

 

A Landing Pass is basically an endorsement on the travel document for any of the passengers that are travelling in, or any of the crew members of any vessel or aircraft on the arrival in any port of airport located in Malaysia.

 

The Landing Pass will also allow the holder to enter in West Malaysia as well as the states of Sabah and Sarawak for the duration of the stay of their aircraft or vessel. So in such cases a Landing Pass is a form of endorsement on the passport or internal travel document of the passenger.

 

For the crew members that have the seaman’s identification card or basically any form of identification card that has been issued by the master of the aircraft or vessel on which you have been employed or by the owners or the agents of such a vessel or aircraft and that particular identification card is in the opinion of the senior immigration officer that sufficiently identifies you, then it will be deemed to be a valid Landing Pass that has been issued to you.

 

Once the seaman’s identification card has been deemed as a valid Landing Pass which has been issued to the crew members of that particular vessel or aircraft, the immigration officer may require for the master, agent, owner or the charterer of the vessel or aircraft to give security which can be in the form of a deposit or otherwise. However if the immigration office requires the security to be in the form of a bond then the bond will be in Form 19 of the Second Schedule of the Immigration Regulations 1963.

 

What is the difference between a visa and a pass?

 

A visa is basically an endorsement on your passport or travel document that is issued to a foreigner that indicated the holder has been granted the permission to enter into Malaysia while a pass is issued for the permission to stay in Malaysia temporarily for the period which has been stamped on the passport at the entry point.

 

Do I need a pass to enter Peninsular Malaysia if I am a foreigner that is traveling from Sabah?

 

No you do not require another pass, this is because every person that is entering into Peninsular Malaysia on a direct journey from any other place in Malaysia that also includes the Federal Territory of Labuan will be exempted from the requirement of obtaining as well as producing to the immigration officer the relevant documents such as a visa, travel document or passport.

 

Do I need a pass to enter Sabah if I am a foreigner traveling from Labuan?

 

No, if you are neither a citizen of Malaysia nor a permanent resident then you will only Sabah and remain there temporarily for the duration of the validity of the pass which has been issued to you anywhere in Malaysia and it will also be subject to the conditions which it has been endorsed.

 

Do I need a pass to enter Sabah if I am a foreigner traveling from Kuala Lumpur?

 

No, if you are neither a citizen of Malaysia nor a permanent resident then you will only Sabah and remain there temporarily for the duration of the validity of the pass which has been issued to you anywhere in Malaysia and it will also be subject to the conditions which it has been endorsed.

 

Does Malaysia have special programs that have been tailored to the foreign citizens to stay in Malaysia on a long term basis?

 

In fact there is and the program is known as the Silver Hair Program and under the particular program, all senior citizens, pensioners as well as their spouses from all over the world will be welcomed to stay in Malaysia on a long term year-to-year basis for 5 years initially and followed by an extension of the stay for another year-to-year basis for the next subsequent 5 years. The Silver Hair Program however is not pre-condition to permanent resident status eligibility and is not provided to the citizens of Yugoslavia and Israel. The Silver Hair Program is also the only program in Malaysia that is offered to the foreigners that requires financial qualification.

 

 

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  1. CUDS

    I would like to know how many times a visit pass (temporary employment)can be renewed in malaysia?.I heard that only 3 times can renew with 12 months validity each and fourth time it will be stamped as FINAL ENTRY..and further one cannot get any pass to work in malaysia.Was it true…? Please get me the details with this regard.

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