Visa & Immigration

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Welcome and thank you for choosing the University of Reading Malaysia for your studies. We are here to help you and to provide you with useful information on getting the most out of your time with us. There is plenty of support available at the University for every aspect of student life including study, finance, visa issues, and careers. If you have any questions, please ask a member of staff or send us an email.

Pre-arrival information

As an International student you will generally need to apply for a student pass to study in Malaysia. The Ministry of Education in Malaysia via Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) helps with the facilitation of visa processes for international students applying to study in Malaysia. Application processes for your student visa will begin after you have accepted our unconditional offer.

Following is the list of important documents required to enable us to apply for a student visa:

  • Two (2) passport sized photographs with WHITE background (35mm x 45mm)
  • A copy of all pages of your passport including cover page and blank pages. (Passport must be valid for at least 18 months during the submission)
  • A copy of official completion certificate(s) and official academic certificates and/or transcripts of studies previously undertaken. If you send us a document that is not in English or Bahasa Malaysia in support of your application, this document must be accompanied by a full translation into English that can be independently verified by EMGS.
  • Pre-arrival Medical Check Report: A pre-arrival Medical Examination Report is required from country of residence if screening was done at a non-EMGS registered overseas clinic. A copy of the Lab Report and the Chest X-ray Report should be attached. All should be completed in the English Language. If you attending the medical screening at a registered clinic, you can skip this step because all this will be done automatically by the clinic. Students residing in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh must attend the pre-arrival medical screening at a registered overseas clinic. All new international students must attend the post-medical screening within 7 days of arriving in Malaysia.
  • No-Objection Certificate (NOC) or Letter or Eligibility (LOE): This document is only required if the student is from Sudan or Iran respectively. It has to be applied for by the institution, and can only be collected from the Sudanese and Iranian Embassies in Kuala Lumpur by the institution representatives.
  • Vaccines: If you are coming from a country which is considered to be at a high risk of yellow fever, you will be required to obtain the necessary inoculations before coming to Malaysia. You will be asked to provide your yellow fever vaccination booklet/card before you can clear Immigration at the point of entry.
  • Payment: In order for us to make your visa application you will need to pay us in advance. Please contact the Admissions Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for payment details.

Please DO NOT book your flight or make any travel arrangements until your visa is released.

Before leaving your home country, please ensure that you have:

  1. Paid the required tuition fees before your arrival. Please refer to your programme offer letter for the total amount.
  2. Confirmed your accommodation.
  3. Obtained Electronic Visa Approval Letter (eVAL). International students from visa required countries are required to proceed to the nearest Malaysian Embassy / High Commission / Consulate of the country to obtain Single Entry Visa. Please be reminded that eVAL is only valid for 6 months.
  4. Provided arrival details i.e. flight itinerary to the International Office to arrange the airport pick up at least 7 working days before your arrival. Please email the details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  5. Kindly ensure that you have completed your registration on RISIS by following these steps:

    Steps for Registration on RISIS Portal
    Please log on to: www.reading.ac.uk/enrol

    Click: Log into RISIS web portal

    Next Screen: Username: (8 digits) Enter your Reading ID number which can be located at the top of your offer email (e.g. 12345678) Password: Enter your date of birth in dd/mm/yyyy format

    Next Screen: Create a security password and password prompt (you will always be required to enter this security password when logging onto your assignment submission database RISIS).

    Next Screen: You will now find yourself on the enrolment home pages

    1. ‘What to do next’ – select ‘Online Enrolment’
    2. Kindly ignore the Course Accommodation ‘Apply for Halls’ option.
    3. Stage 1 Read and agree the University Rules & Regulations by clicking the red line Click here to enrol online (Rules & Regulations
    4. Once you have completed this task click Finish and you will revert back to the enrolment home page where a green tick will show completion of Stage 1

    Next Steps: Follow this process again for Stage 2 (Personal Details) and Stage 3 (HESA) to complete this first part of your online enrolment.

    Scroll part way down the page and click on red line Click here to enrol online (Fees & Sponsorship). You will not be asked for any information, just click continue.

    Next Screen: The next page will advise that your online enrolment is complete. Please press FINISH.

Pre-Departure Information
Please make sure to bring the following important documents in your hand luggage:

  • Original passport and one set of all pages of passport copy (valid for 18 months)
  • University of Reading Malaysia’s offer letter
  • Original copies of previous academic certificates & transcripts
  • Original copy for Visa Approval Letter (VAL
  • Flight ticket
  • Mobile phone
  • Personal items
  • Medication - it has to be prescribed by your physician. Please carry along the certificate or letter from your physician.

Arrival Information

Upon arrival, a representative from UoRM will meet you at the student waiting area. He/she will assist you with immigration clearance at the Port of Entry. At the immigration counter, you will be given endorsement for 30 days from the date of entry; please inform the International Office if you get an endorsement for less than 30 days as soon as possible.

Post Arrival Information

Within 7 days of your arrival please:

  • Report to the International office or Student Services at UoRM
  • Submit a copy of your passport details and entry stamp page to International Office.
  • Undergo the Post –Medical Screening at EMGS panel clinics. International Office will arrange the transportation for you.
  • Upon receiving the Supporting Letter, International Office will notify you to submit your original passport to obtain the Student Pass Sticker at the local immigration office. You will be contacted once your passport is ready for collection.

Once the Student Pass Sticker has been issued, EMGS will issue your i-Kad and Insurance Card and you will be contacted by the International Office for the collection.

Personal Bond

The University of Reading Malaysia is required to sign a personal bond with the immigration department on behalf of the candidate, binding the University for a specified sum. To comply with this requirement, the institution will require you to lodge the specified amount for this purpose.

  1. The bond will be returned to the international student upon completion or withdrawal of their study at UoRM, on condition that there is no violation of any provision of the Immigration laws of Malaysia
  2. The bond will only be refunded when the international student has decided to withdraw or has graduated from UoRM and there is no outstanding payment to be settled with finance. If you have any outstanding debts, UoRM will use the Personal Bond to pay the debt.
  3. The refund will be made after the cancellation of your student pass and the university has received the proof of your return air-ticket to your home country.
  4. Students with Malaysia Permanent Residents, Diplomatic Pass, Residence Pass – Talent, MM2H and Dependent Pass are exempted from paying this bond.
  5. The Personal Bond will be refunded to the student’s account only.

Student Enquiries

Toll free:
+1800 18 6867

Tel:
+60 (7) 268 6205

WhatsApp/Mobile:
+60 (16) 7725 400
(click the WhatsApp number to contact us immediately)

Email:
my.enquiry@reading.edu.my

General Enquiries

University of Reading Malaysia
Persiaran Graduan Kota Ilmu, Educity 79200 Iskandar Puteri Johor, Malaysia.

Toll free:
+1800 18 6867

Tel:
+ 60 (7) 268-6200

Fax:
+60 (7) 228-6202

Email:
uor-malaysia@reading.edu.my

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