All students undertaking full-time studies in Malaysia are required to obtain a Student Pass (Visa). The process has been in transition from 2013 and changes are frequent. For the most up-to-date information, we recommend visiting the University website regularly.

The Ministry of Higher Education and the Malaysian Immigration Department has agreed to issue new Student Passes for the full duration of the course applied by international students (this is subject to the validity of the passport at the point of submission to the Visa Office). 

For students issued the yearly Student Pass, you will have to continue to renew your visa on a yearly basis. Please visit the Visa Office to find out more about this process or refer to the Returning Students section for more details. You will also receive a monthly email reminder from the Visa Office as part of our initiative.

All international students will not be required to do a pre-arrival medical examination based on the circular issued by the Ministry of Higher Education. However, all international students MUST fill up and sign-off on the ‘HEALTH DECLARATION FORM’ and submit it to the Visa Office for the Visa Approval Letter (VAL) application.

As such, students will be only doing their post-arrival medical examination upon arriving on campus. Any student who fails their post-medical examination will have to return back to their home country.The university will not be responsible for any cost incurred.

You are allowed to appeal your post-medical once but it is subject to the approval by EMGS.

Option A: Applying via the UNM Visa Office   Option B: Applying directly to EMGS



Important Information

What is a VAL?

The Visa Approval Letter or VAL is a letter issued by the Malaysian Immigration Department when your visa application is successful.

Students from some countries will be able to enter Malaysia with a VAL while citizens of other countries may need to apply for a Single Entry Visa (SEV) from the nearest Malaysian Embassy/Mission. You are also allowed to apply for eVISA via online click website here.

What is an SEV?

A Single Entry Visa or SEV is an entry visa for non-residents entering Malaysia with the intention of studying. The SEV is obtained after the VAL has been approved by Malaysian Immigration Department.

See if you are required to obtain an SEV prior to arrival by referring to the Immigration Department's list of countries.


Education Malaysia Global Services or EMGS is the private body appointed by the Ministry of Higher Education to process all international student applications for the Visa Approval Letter (VAL) UNM will submit your VAL application to EMGS, once it is supported, the Immigration Department shall approve and issue your VAL

For more information on EMGS, visit the website here.

The Immigration Department of Malaysia

The Immigration Department of Malaysia is the body that approves, rejects and issues VAL's and the Student Pass endorsement.

For more information on VAL's and Student Passes, please visit the Immigration Department of Malaysia's official website.




New students | Returning students | Special circumstances | Health and insurance | UNM Visa Office


New students

Incoming international students will have the option of applying for their Visa Approval Letter (VAL) through the following methods:

Option A is the recommended method. However, students who opt for Option B can contact the UNM Visa Office if any assistance is required. 

Inter-campus exchange and transfer students may refer to this section to understand the visa application process. Contact your International Office /Study Abroad Office in your respective Universities for further assistance.

Student Induction Declaration Form

All new international students are required to download and fill out the Student Induction Form.

Students are required to complete the form for submission here.


Returning students

Current students must renew their visa at least 3 months before their current student pass expires - Please refer to the monthly email reminder sent out by the UNM Visa Office..

In the event of losing your passport, click here to find out what you can do.


Special circumstances

Students facing one of the circumstances below may have to submit additional documents and undergo a slightly different process of VAL application:

  • Students transferring from another institution in Malaysia.
  • Students progressing to a higher level of study (e.g. Foundation to Bachelor's, Bachelor's to Masters, Master's to PhD).
  • Valid employment pass/ work permit holders who wish to study 'Part-time' while working in Malaysia.
  • Overstaying on your student pass.
  • Bringing your family to Malaysia with you through a dependent pass.


Health and insurance

Please read more about the Immigration Department of Malaysia's VAL application health checkup requirements and the health insurance coverage provided with your Student Pass here.

International students issued a Student Pass for the full duration of their studies must renew their medical insurance on a yearly basis upon i-Kad renewal. It is a prerequisite that all international students hold a valid health insurance coverage during the course of their studies.


UNM Visa Office

The UNM Visa Office is the University's in-house provider of Student Pass assistance to international students. All international students should contact the UNM Visa Office for support during their visa application process or for other visa related matters. (new students) or (returning students)

Phone: +603 8924 8075 or 8924 8078

Hotline: +603 8924 8088