App to verify identity of international students

  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Mar 2015

PETALING JAYA: Law enforcement officers will soon have a mobile application to validate the identities of international students and the status of their visas.

International student management centre Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) said it was working with Percetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad (PNMB) to introduce the mobile application which would be used by the police and Immigration Department officers.

“This app will have online and offline verification of a student’s identity and will reduce the situation of students being detained over suspicious identities,” it said in a statement yesterday,

At present, when a foreign student is detained due to issues with his identification, he needs to produce a letter from the Immigration Department, which needs to be submitted to the police to validate his identity and background.

“This process takes time,” the statement said.

International students studying in Malaysia must have the i-Kad issued by the Immigration Department, which was introduced last year.

The new mobile application will be able to scan the i-Kad.

“The SQR code on the back of the student’s i-Kad will reveal the student’s information,” the statement said.

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