7th January 2022



1.1 The Malaysian Immigration Department was previously accepting all New, Renewal and Dependant passports for endorsement if the current pass has expired from 1st February 2020 onwards. Education Institutions were also able to submit eVAL applications for applicants in Malaysia without a valid current pass.


1.2 EMGS would like to provide an update on the latest directive received from the Malaysian Immigration Department regarding the requirement for International Students and their Dependants to apply for a special pass if their previous pass has expired.



2.1 Beginning 6th January 2022, the directive from the Malaysian Immigration Department will impact the following services:

    • eVAL Applications – All eVAL applications submitted by applicants in Malaysia must be submitted with a valid pass before the application is submitted to the Malaysian Immigration Department for their approval.
    • Passports – All passports submitted to EMGS must be submitted with a valid current pass of at least 5 working days from the date of expiry.
    • eSupporting Letter – All eSupporting Letter request for self-endorsement applications must be submitted with a valid current pass of at least 5 working days from the date of expiry.


2.2 EMGS would also like to inform all Education Institutions that the Malaysian Immigration Department will continue issuing a special pass without enforcement action for students and their dependants that have overstayed until 31st January 2022.


2.3 From 1st February 2022, International Students and their dependants who commit overstay offences may be subjected to enforcement action by the Malaysian Immigration Department.


Education Malaysia Global Services

7th January 2022

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Sarah Azreen Abdul Samat

Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

Tuan Haji Ismail Bin Mohamed

Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.