International students already approved by Immigration allowed in before Oct 8

PETALING JAYA: International varsity students who have bought tickets to come to Malaysia are allowed to enter up till Oct 8.

The relaxation of the rule is for new and existing foreign students in higher education institutions whose entry into the country has already been approved, according to a circular dated Oct 6 from the Immigration Department of Visa, Pass and Permit.

The circular, sighted by The Star, was signed by department director Dr Syahmi @ Muhammad Syahmi Jaafar.

“Those who enter after Oct 8 will be subject to a ‘Not to Land’ action.

“Foreign students in private and international schools are allowed to enter the country to continue their studies. They must apply for an entry approval with the Immigration Department first, ” he said.

International students studying in higher education institutions in Sabah and Sarawak, he said, would have to get approval from the state government authorities.

Last week, Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said foreign students planning to study in Malaysia would have to postpone their travels until Dec 31.

He also said the interim restriction would affect foreign students who had already received approval from the department to come to Malaysia.

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