Foreign students unhappy with system

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PETALING JAYA: MORE foreign students have revealed they have not obtained their student visas despite submitting their applications months ago.

International students are getting increasingly frustrated with the new system implemented by Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS), which includes a "processing fee" of RM1,000.

Portio Iris, who is pursuing a law degree at HELP University, has been without her passport for the past six months.

"I submitted my application in January and have yet to receive my visa. All I have right now is a letter from my university," said the second-year student.

Iris, who hails from Malawi, expressed dissatisfaction that she had to fork out almost RM2,000 for her student visa instead of the usual RM300 she paid previously.

Nigerian student Adama Sumareh, who is transferring from a diploma in business course to marketing at Segi College, is worried that he would also face visa problems as his current visa would be expiring in October.

"I was shocked to hear that I have to pay a total of RM1,850 under the new system, when it only cost me RM450 for my visa and medical insurance previously," said Sumareh, 20.

Fellow Nigerian Hanifa Haliru, a final year American Degree Programme student, described the new system as an "inconvenience".

The 22-year-old applied for a new visa three weeks ago and hopes there will not be any delays in its approval.

"I had no clue about the new charges as no one had informed me," Haliru said.

Another international student who has been waiting for months for his student visa is Ahmad Ali from Sudan.

Ali submitted his passport in January and was told he should be receiving it by this week.

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