KUALA LUMPUR - Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), the one-stop centre for foreign student enrolment, will introduce a new profiling process for international students.
Deputy Education Minister P Kamalanathan said foreign students will be profiled as "low" or "high" risk when they apply to study in Malaysia.
"Low risk students may enjoy several exemptions, which is similar to the 'green lane' policy, while high risk applicants will be subjected to the normal or enhanced screening process.
"To put it simply, the risk profiling process focuses on the individual while the green lane access is institution-centric.
"This ''green lane' express clearance is only applicable to those intending to pursue studies in branch campuses of foreign universities as well as private colleges and universities which have achieved Tier Five and above in the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (Setara)," he said in his speech before officiating The Star Education Fair here Saturday.
Introduced in 2007, Setara rates universities and university colleges from Tier One (poor) to Tier Six (outstanding) based on the quality of their teaching and learning for undergraduate study.
Kamalanathan said that students studying at institutions ranked Tier Five and above, as well as foreign branch campuses, will be granted visas for the duration of their courses instead of having to renew their visas annually.
"The green lane policy will not discriminate the applicants based on the institutions they were applying to," he said, adding that all students will undergo the same screening process to obtain their visas.
EMGS started operations in February to provide a single interface for foreign student pass application, processing and issuance.