KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26, 2015:

The government will soon be allowing international students to apply for their study passes on their own.

Through this, international students would be able to make the application online without the need to go through their respective institutions.

This was one of three new measures announced today by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

The second measure was the implementation of special arrival counters, the International Student Arrival Centre (ISAC), at KLIA and klia2, while the third was the issuance of student passes for the entire duration of study.

The last measure was a change from the current issuance of passes that needed to be renewed yearly.

Idris said the measures were discussed today and agreed upon, with the implementation expected to take place in January next year.

“In our first International Education Task Force (IETF) meeting today we discussed these (measures) and agreed to put these measures in place.

“This is to ensure Malaysia is an international education hub,” he told reporters at a press conference at Intercontinental Hotel here, after the inaugural meeting of the IETF.

Apart from these three measures, two additional measures were still in the works: those being exemption of entry visas for international students and providing leeway for students to work during the semester for not more than 20 hours a week.

“The rest are in discussions with the relevant ministries and agencies.

“By having this task force, we can solve a lot of issues immediately and perhaps, when we meet again or maybe when I could bring the matter to Cabinet, it can be resolved.”

The IETF comprised the secretary-generals of various ministries and government agencies including Home Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Tourism Ministry, Immigration Department and the Royal Malaysian Police.

It also included representatives and associations of institutions of higher learning.

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