About 4 pct of foreign students abuse visas — Deputy minister
Posted on July 20, 2012, Friday
KUCHING: Around 400 foreign students studying at private institutions of higher learning (IPTS) in the country are involved in the abuse of student visas, disclosed Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung.
“According to statistics recorded up to June this year, approximately four per cent of foreign students violated their student visas,” he said at the press conference after the Ministry of Higher Education’s programme with IPTS Sarawak Zone here yesterday.
In view of this, Dr Hou stressed, the ministry had taken the necessary steps in tightening the requirements for foreign students entering the country through new regulations that commenced this year.
“The students are now required to have an offer letter issued by their respective IPTS before they can apply for the student visa,” he explained.
“Prior to this, they will be issued a visa even though they have not yet received their letter of offer.”
Other new requirements that had been implemented this year, he said, included making it mandatory for every foreign student to have the Non Objectification Certificate (NOC).
In addition, Dr Hou said, the ministry was also working together with the police and other relevant agencies in addressing the issue.