Visa Guidelines is back

Alhamdulillah, I got married to a lovely lady by the name of Sarah and we're enjoying our new phase in life since that momentous day.

And yeah, I graduated from the University of Nottingham and thus, escaping from the evil clutches of my medical school. woot2! probably needs a post on this as well but yeah, maybe later.

at the bottom of this blog, there is an article on visa guidelines for medical students graduated from UK medical schools under MARA scholarship who are planning to work as an FY1 doctor in the UK.

After all, it was my visa guidelines which i made 5 years ago that helped me to get to know a lot of people and for some, have now become my close friends. And it helped a lot of other people as well. So I hope that this guideline would ease your efforts a bit. Visa application is always confusing.

Scroll down to the bottom for the guideline

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

(i've had) the time of my life

This is the last post of 2013 but I'm going to leave it as it is for now, haha

the a team

Well, since I have this tradition of posting 23 posts for each year, I guess I just have to post a blank post until I get back to it haha

i won't give up

It's almost half a year since I left the dreaded place I called medschool. Back then, I have to agree with my friend who said "Diorang cakap je "You can always come to us if you have any problems" but in the end, diorang bukannya kisah pon". Which was true. Sometimes, I fell that I was not adequately supported but alhamdulillah, we all survived in the end.

I began watching Masterchef regularly when I failed for the first time in Medschool. The show was really inspirational. The struggle that the contestants faced somehow resonate with my own experience as a medical student. And seeing these contestants fight back on every challenge made me want to make a comeback as well for every time I get knocked down.

These contestants get a lot of crazy challenges being thrown at them. These include:

 The world map of food
(source: click here)

The macaron tower
(source: click here)


The lolly bag cake
(Source: click here)


The heaven and hell mystery boxes
(Source: click here)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

rude

I believe that people should always be nice and polite when talking to one another..and especially in stressful situations. 

It was last week when I was in the Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU) that one of the staff was just being rude to me. Let's call her Cruella. She was upset that there were 2 patients being sent to the ward when they were not supposed to. I was asked by a nurse to see those patients since they are Urology patients. I went to SAU and asked Cruella where these patients were. Without even making proper eye contact (and I think she was walking away from me to show that she's more superior and has no time to entertain an FY1 like me), she said the patients are at the entrance of the ward. So I talked to the patients and asked them if they have been given any letters in which they replied they've given it to the nurse. So I went to see Cruella again and asked about the letters. She looked at me with a very annoyed face and raised her voice, "What letters??!". Sheesh, cuba relax. Bukannya nak suruh catheterise patient pon. So I just walked away from her because I don't have time to deal with rude people. I know you're stressful but making others stressed out as well is not helpful. Be nice, smile and don't frustrate others.

begin the begin

I am an FY1 (Foundation Year 1) doctor. There are 2 Foundation Years in total and we go through 6 rotations of 4 months each. I was in ENT (ear, nose and throat) and I quite enjoyed it because there was good senior support and I know I won't mess things up because they are around to help me. 

On the 3rd of December earlier this month, I moved to my 2nd rotation, Urology (kidneys, bladder, urinary problems, prostate). Initially, I thought it would be a crazy rotation but now that it's 4 weeks into the rotation, it's not too bad tbh. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

tik tok

Ever since I started working, I feel like there is just not enough time. I think I am not as organised as I was a medical student. 

You leave home early in the morning, you come home in the evening and then you have to cook (well, I don't cook that often heh), have dinner, do chores, sleep and do it all over again the next day.

It's so much different to being a student. Back in my medical school years, I can happily study whenever I want to throughout the day. Now, I have to work during my hours and I can't just disappear to the library to study whenever I want to. I have to hang around, I have patients under my care, I have expectations that I have to meet. And I also have this noisy bleep. It is a really stressful environment. But yeah, working in Malaysia would definitely be more challenging.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

marry you

She made a cake and we brought it to our first ever daurah as husband & wive :)

Yesterday was the 3 monversary (month + anniversary; if there's even such a word :P) of my marriage to my lovely wife, Sarah. I know I have put this blog on super long hiatus but I think it's time to start writing back, bit by bit ;)

I also found out that she has a blog and I love her writing so much that I decided not to share it with you guys, lol kidding. So there's probably won't be a blog entitled "being us" anytime soon.

So let's start with something simple; which is basically a question asked by one of my bffs, Syukri regarding what it feels like to be married & I think I just let the screenshots tell you all about it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

legacy

Just to be clear, this post is simply for my reading. But I don't mind if you want to read it too. As you probably know, I write on this blog because I want to remember things..it's an alternative to writing them in my journal.

I named it "legacy" because it was one of the names of our university email account which had changed a no of times throughout the 5 years. I like this name the most.

So I learned that we're going to lose access to our university address soon. Thus, I transferred some of the emails which I wanted to keep to my business email address and for some, I put them on my blog so I can look at them whenever I want to :D

Let's go right from the bottom end of my inbox:

1. Random Fling

Gambar hiasan. Source: click me

It's the university's Frisbee team which I joined from the first few years. I saved the files on play tactics to my computer in case I want to use them in the future, hahaha.

Monday, May 19, 2014

the only exception

So now you know why I was so stressful in the weeks leading up to the resits. In addition to the thought about repeating the whole of Final Year, I also have an additional worry in mind..

via FB

As always, no matter how good our plan is, Allah's plans are the best. Everything went according to the original plan apart from my failures in #FebFinals. The things which happened perfectly include:

revolutionists

Visa Guidelines

Disclaimer: Everything that I have written in this article would not confirm your success in applying for a visa. It is intended to be an explanation of the things that I have done in order for me to get a Tier 4 Visa to begin my work as an FY1 doctor.

29th July - I got my visa today from DX! Alhamdulillah :)

The document which I used as a basis of my decision can be found on this link - click me

TIMELINE

14th July - My supporting docs arrived at Visa
16th July - Date of letter to invite me for the Biometric enrolment
19th July - I went to the Post Office for Visa Biometric enrolment
25th July - Received a DX delivery card for my visa because no one was around at home huhu

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED (in my opinion)

1. The ones listed on the cover sheet. For me:
Current passport and previous passport (which contained Tier 4 Visa for medschool) and 2 passport photos

2. A letter of unconditional consent from MARA.

This is based on this section on the Visa Guidance

"54. If you are currently financially sponsored by a government or an international scholarship
agency, or your financial sponsorship ended within 12 months of your application being
made, you will need your sponsor’s permission to stay in or re-enter the UK. You must
provide us with your financial sponsor’s unconditional consent in writing. This must confirm
that your sponsor has no objection to you continuing your studies in the UK. If your financial
sponsor does not give consent, we will refuse the application."

page 8 of 78

Method: Call MARA and explain to them that you would like this letter. Email MARA with your full name, passport no, name of hospital for FY1 and your Foundation School. E.g. Royal Preston Hospital, North Western Foundation School

3. Bank statements

The amount for outside of London is £1640. So I sent them a bank statement which is dated within 31 days of my application and the money has been held in the account for 28 days consecutively

4. CAS letter

I just printed it out from the email

5. BMedSci and BMBS degree

Yeah, I actually posted both degrees lol. This is because in the CAS letter, it states that the evidence required to obtain the letter is my degree. Hence, the reason why I did that. In addition, I chose "I have an academic qualification, at least
equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree, taught in
English" as an evidence to demonstrate my English language ability. So, I think these degrees would be sufficient.

6. Cover sheet

Which you can print off after submitting your application

All the best!!