PETALING JAYA: Foreign students can directly check the status of their student visa applications through an online dashboard system that is expected to go live next month.
The dashboard will be manned by Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), an Education Ministry one-stop centre to streamline the processing of student visas.
“Students will be able to log in with their passport numbers and see the application status.
“They can then see where exactly their passports are, and if their applications have been sent back to the college due to insufficient documentation,” Deputy Education Minister P. Kamalanathan told The Star yesterday.
He said Immigration Department officers would help speed up the visa application process.
Many foreign students had reportedly faced delays in visa renewal.
Some said their passports were withheld for months while others claimed the delay had caused them to pay extra for special passes in order to continue staying in the country.
Kamalanathan said he had received about 200 e-mails from international students who had such problems.
“I have been trying my best to reply to each e-mail. All cases are being sent to EMGS,” he said.
“EMGS has assured me it will help as much as it can, although the final approval for the visas is still up to the Immigration Department.”
Kamalanathan had earlier said international students who were still waiting for their passports to be returned could contact him at email@example.com.