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FAQs for Indian studentsQ: I will be visiting Malaysia on a 'Tourist Visa'. Will it permissible to convert my existing 'Tourist Visa' in to a 'Student Visa', in case I get admission in a university/college during my visit there?
A: No, Indian students desiring to pursue education in Malaysia must possess a 'Student Visa' prior to their arrival in Malaysia. The Government of Malaysia does not allow conversion of 'Tourist Visas' to that of 'Student Visas' after arrival in the country.
Q: Who will arrange for my student visa?
A: Once admission is secured in a private college/university, the concerned university/college will forward your visa application form to the 'Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS)' [http://www.educationmalaysia.gov.my/] for processing. EMGS will process your visa application and you will receive your 'Visa Approval Letter' (VAL) from the university/college where admission has been secured. The Malaysian Embassy in Delhi or Consulates in Mumbai/Chennai will issue necessary 'Student Visa' to you on production of your passport and VAL. In case of admission in a public college/university, the approval for of your 'Student Visa' will be obtained by the concerned college/university directly from the Emigration Department and not through the EMGS.
Q: Is it mandatory for private colleges/universities to get my visa processed through EMGS?
Q: Can I track the status of my student visa application?
A: Yes, you can track the status of their application at this URL:www.educationmalaysia.gov.my/emgs/application/searchForm/
Q: How much will EMGS charges for processing my 'Student Visa'?
A: RM 1,000/- (approximately Rs 20,000/- approximately) for each application. This fee is non-refundable even if admission is not secured or refused by the university/college later.
Q: Do I need to make payment to EMGS directly?
A: No, EMGS will collect the processing fees of your visa from the university/college, where admission has been secured.
Q: Are there any other additional charges?
A: Yes, you will have to pay for medical insurance, medical examination charges and visa fees to the college separately, which will be approximately RM 750/- to 850/- (Rs 15,000/- to 16,000/-, approximately) in the first year. This fee is refundable in case admission is not secured or refused.
Q: Why EMGS will charge RM 1000/ from me?
A: EMGS will advise you about credibility or genuineness of the university/college where admission has been secured and arrange for the 'Visa Approval Letter (VAL), if the university/college is an accredited one by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and the Ministry of Education (MOE). A comprehensive list of services offered by EMGS may kindly be seen at http://www.educationmalaysia.gov.my/faqs/ A list of courses in accredited educational institutions in Malaysia may also be found at: http://www.mqa.gov.my/mqr/english/eperutusan.cfm
Q: How early should I apply for the 'Student Visa'?
A: You should apply at least 6 weeks before commencement of the course in the concerned college/university. You will also be able to track the status of your visa application at http://www.educationmalaysia.gov.my/emgs/application/searchForm/
Q: What will be the maximum validity of the 'Student Visa'?
A: The maximum validity of the 'Student Visa' will be 1 year. This can be renewed every year.
Q: Is medical screening compulsory for international students?
A: Yes, all international students must undergo a medical screening at an EMGS appointed panel clinic within 7 days of entering Malaysia.
Q: I heard that India has become a permanent signatory of 'Washington Accord' with effect from 13th June, 2014. Can you kindly explain how the students will be benefited from this?
A: On June 13, 2014 India joined a select group of countries who are permanent signatories to Washington Accord. The Washington Accord is an international agreement amongst prominent nations of the world with the charter of promoting mobility and quality assurance of engineers across international boundaries. As Malaysia is also a signatory of this Accord, engineering graduates from the NBA accredited colleges and universities in India will now find their degrees recognized in Malaysia. Similarly, Malaysian students may also seek admission in NBA accredited institutions in India, whose degrees will now be recognized in Malaysia.
Q: Which are the institutions whose programmes are NBA Accredited?
A: Details may kindly be seen at the following URL: http://www.nbaind.org/files/NBA_Accredited_Institute%28UG%29-%20Institution%20Wise.pdf
Q: Who should I contact in case I have additional questions?
A: Please contact: EMGS, Malaysia
Telephone No: +603 2782 5888. Fax No: +603 2711 8533
Everyday 9am to 8pm (Malaysian Time, which is IST + 2 ½ hrs)