i-Kad for International Students

If you have yet to have a leave to remain in Malaysia, please note that the followings are required for international students.

Visa Approval Letter

Visa approval letter or (VAL) is a leave given by the authorities for you to come to Malaysia to study. Using VAL, citizens of some countries allowed to enter Malaysia and get visa-on-arrival (VOA) at the point of entry. Others are required to get a Single Entry Visa (SEV) either online or at the nearest Malaysian embassy or consular office. You can read more on eligibility and other requirements here.

Student Pass

Upon safely arriving in Malaysia, registering with your institution and completing a medical check-up, you will need to submit all documents and obtain a Student Pass. The Student Pass will be endorsed on your passport upon meeting all requirements.


With a valid student pass, you will be issued an i-Kad, a biometric residence permit (the size of a credit card) which bears your photo and other information to verify your identity. A valid i-Kad is the only substitute identification document for foreign nationals recognised by the Department of Immigration in Peninsular Malaysia and MUST BE KEPT WITH YOU ALL THE TIMES. By an i-Kad, your passport can now be kept away at a secure place. However, i-Kad is not a replacement document for international travel or travels between West Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia) and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak).

Dependent’s Pass

If you are bringing others with you, please check the eligibility requirements including the proof of the cost of living. Please note that visa for dependants is contingent upon the principal obtaining his or her own Student Pass, therefore careful planning is needed to ensure full compliance with Malaysian law.

Please take a look at the FAQ section for more information.

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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.