Are you interested in visiting a beautiful country like Malaysia? A country full of natural beauty, scenic attractions and friendly people – for studies, business or leisure – you need a visa to be able to pay a welcome visit to the country whose capital, Kuala Lumpur, has two of the world’s largest skyscrapers.
The Malaysia visa application process has rules and regulations that guide it. You must obey these rules for you to be able to get the visa without further complications.
Before applying for a Malaysia visa, you need a valid Nigerian Immigration passport with 30 days validity after the intended period of stay.
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The immigration passport application can be done online or at the nearest Immigration office in your state or city.
Types of Malaysia Visa
There are two types of Malaysia visa, namely:
VWR – Visa with Reference and VWTR — Visa without Reference
‘Visa with Reference’ is for people who want to visit Malaysia for business or investment only, while ‘Visa without Reference’ is given to individuals who will like to visit Malaysia for a vacation, to visit a relative or to study.
‘Visa with Reference’ can only be approved by Immigration Department of Malaysia.
Visiting visa is the most common type of visa – ‘Visa without Reference’. It is issued for temporary visits and the purpose of the visit may be to visit families/relatives, study, travel on vacation/holiday, etc.
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1. VWTR – Visa without R
‘Visa without Reference’ is a type of Malaysian visa for people who aim to travel to Malaysia just to study, visit a family relative, go through Malaysia to another country, or just take a tour.
It is the most popular category of visas. The visas in this category include Study visas, Transit visas, Family visas, and Tourist visas.
Requirements for Visa without Reference
The following documents are necessary for VWTR (Visa without Reference) application:
a. A valid Nigerian passport – valid for 6 months, with at least two free pages for visa stickers.
b. Two (2) copies of well-filled Malaysian visa application form – Form IMM.47
c. Two (2) passport-sized photographs
d. Visa application fee receipt
e. A letter of invitation from Malaysian sponsor – (for visit visas)
f. Bank financial statement for the past 3 months
Applicants for this type of visa will be given a maximum stay of 14 days and no extension is allowed.
2. VWR – Visa with Reference
‘Visa with Reference’ is a type of Malaysia visa made available for people who want to travel to Malaysia for business or investment reasons only.
Malaysian Consulate in Nigeria issues this type of visa after the Department of Immigration Malaysia has approved your application.
Requirements for Visa with Reference
a. Original and two (2) copies of the approval letter from the Department of Immigration Malaysia.
b. A valid Nigerian passport – valid for 6 months, with at least two (2) free pages for visa stickers.
c. Two (2) copies of well-filled Malaysian visa application form – Form IMM.47
d. Two (2) passport-sized photographs
e. Visa application fee receipt
f. Valid and confirmed return flight ticket
Such visit is usually being sponsored by a local business or company in Malaysia, which requires a payment deposit of RM 2000 per applicant payable to the Immigration Department of Malaysia.
Applicant will be given a maximum non-extendable 30 days of stay.
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How to Apply for a Malaysian Visa
The Malaysian visa can be applied at Malaysia High Commission in Abuja, where you will have to follow an easy application process as long as you can provide all the required documents.
Applicants are required to submit their applications personally.
The processing of Malaysia visa application is completed within 4 to 6 working days of the day the application is submitted. You can submit your application from Monday to Friday starting from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Collection time is between 4pm to 5pm from Monday to Friday except on public holidays.
How to Apply for a Malaysia Visa
Here are the steps you can take to apply for a Malaysia visa, which can be submitted to the Malaysia High Commission in Abuja:
Step 1: Applicants must know their ‘purpose of travel’.
Step 2: Download and fill the visa application form.
Step 3: Affix your passport photograph.
Step 4: Visit the Malaysia High Commission at the Visa application centre to submit your application form and the other supporting documents.
Step 5: Pay the visa application fee.
Step 6: Provide your biometric information.
Step 7: Track the application online.
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Where to Get a Malaysia Visa Application Form
You can download the typical Malaysia visa application forms from the embassy website and fill it manually, while you need to fill and submit the e-visa form online.
How and Where to Pay Malaysia Visa Fees
Payment for Malaysia visa fees can be made at the Visa application centre with cash or via debit cards.
It is important to note that the visa processing fee is non-refundable.
How long does it take to get a Malaysia Visa
The Malaysia visa processing time from the day of submission usually takes from 4 to 6 working days.
Malaysia Visa Collection
The Malaysian visa is made to be received at the visa application centre from 8 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday except on public holidays.
You are required to bring your original receipt that was issued at the time of submission of the visa application along as you are coming.
Address and Location of Malaysia Embassy in Nigeria
No. 4A, Plot 2232 B, Rio Negro Close,
off Yedseram Street, Maitama, Abuja
Telephone: +234-9-780 9379
Many people who come to Malaysia do not need a visa; but if you are among those who require a visa before visiting Malaysia, you will need to get it from your home country before travelling.
The truth is that, whether you need a visa to Malaysia or not, you need to have a six-month valid passport after your departure date.
Therefore, if you arrive on the 1st of the month and leave on the 30th of the month, the passport should be valid for 6 months from the 30th of the month.
Remember, your airline may not allow you to board and the immigration authority will not permit you to land in Malaysia if your passport is found to be invalid.
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There are no longer arrival cards to complete. Depending on your passport and nationality, after taking your fingerprint the immigration officer will issue a permit to stay.
If the above information has helped you in your pursuit of Malaysia visa, you can leave your comment behind in expression of how you feel and what experience you’ve been able to accumulate so far.
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