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What is the process for a student pass renewal?
A student pass renewal application must be submitted by the educational institution to EMGS no later than six (6) weeks before the current pass expiry date.

What is the validity of my student pass?
The validity of a student pass is twelve months otherwise it will be issued for the duration of the duration of the programme if the period is less than twelve months.

What happens if I need to extend my student pass validity period?
If you need to extend your student pass, then you must make an application for renewal to EMGS via your institution. Please ensure you apply with sufficient time for processing. It is highly recommended that you submit your application at least six (6) weeks before the Student Pass expiry date. You may be required to submit supporting documentation or an explanation letter if the extension period you request exceeds the duration of the course you are studying.

How early can I submit my passport for renewal?
EMGS accepts your passport three (3) months before the expiry of your student pass.

What must be done if I get a new passport?
You will need to get your student pass transferred to the new passport. Please contact Visa Unit to make the necessary arrangements for the transfer of your student pass.

How can I shorten my student pass?
You will need to surrender your original passport to the Visa Unit. They will then organise for your pass to be shortened by the Department of Immigration. You can also reduce your student pass through EMGS, and It should take approximately five (5) working days to process. Please note that this is at the discretion of the Immigration Department.