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

Monday, December 15, 2008

everything is not what it seems

photo by GranDadWoof

You might probably have seen lots and lots of optical illusions in science classes. But, have you seen a real one? (Wait, if it's an illusion, how can it be real?) My point is, have you seen a real world optical illusion or in this case, anamorphic illusion?

Entitled 3 Ellipses for 3 Locks, this piece of art at Cardiff Bay Barrage was created by Swiss artist Felice Varini and his team in 2007. It's his first work in Wales and also the first in the UK. So, KMBians who'll be going to Cardiff next year, you'd know where to find this illusion!

We may always think what we see is true but then again, it's not always like this. Ergo, when should we trust our senses to give us truth? (Don't bother answering. It'll take more than 1000 words to answer this question)

Try not to be judgmental; especially if you don't have the necessary knowledge or skills. I know a doctor shouldn't.

judgmental Definition
from Your Dictionary

judg·men·tal (juj ment'l)


  1. of or having to do with the exercise of judgment
  2. making or tending to make judgments as to value, importance, etc., often specif., judgments considered to be lacking in tolerance, compassion, objectivity, etc.

So you see this person at a very strange place doing something very weird or you see that person walking side by side with a very interesting person, (am I making any sense here?) don't always believe the thoughts that you have in mind, they might be illusions. Husnu zan, ok.

And Hammad actually wrote a replied version of this post on his blog. Do read Not everything is what it seems.

By the way, I've just realized my concept of writing in most of my blog posts. It's multi-definition. My posts somehow have bits of everything as I tend to write about lots of things in my mind but each of the bits actually refers to the title. It's sort of ambiguous at times. I guess it's true, everything is not what is seems...sometimes, that is...

20 reviews:

  1. ohoh. after being ur 'bhn ujikaji', now i undrstand that u wanna put it in ur blog eh
    remember wut fallacy means?? =p

  2. haha, kantoi di sini...

    a'ah, illusions can be considered a type of fallacy too ;)

  3. Well, being judgmental IS bad if you dont have the necessary knowledge/skills, but if you do, why not? -not trying to be a dick-

  4. really? i thought there aren't skills involved and being judgmental is bad already.

    i guess all the judgmental people that i've met don't have the necessary skills then, cause they seemed unfriendly to me.

    yeah, sure, if u have the skills, why not? go ahead, judge people ;)

  5. I kinda think that your last statement is cynical, but, like u said, i won't judge you :)

    Well, judges judge ppl because they have the knowledge about Law

    The Prophet himself was a judge during his time :)

    The fact is, judging people, although most of the time is a bad thing, is one of the elementary social skills that keep our society in order. It keeps us away from potential criminals and wrong-doers.

    Hoping that the world will treat you fairly because you're a good person is like hoping the cow will not run you over just because you're a vegetarian :)

  6. haha, u're funny...
    (u know what i mean)

    ok, now i get it what u're trying to say with the "necessary knowledge/skills", i guess my post needs a little bit of editing.

    anyways, the definition of judgmental that i was trying to focussed is more towards the 2nd one - "...judgments considered to be lacking in tolerance, compassion, objectivity..." - this one, cam sedap2 je judge org without knowing who they really are. cmtula...;)

  7. Well my dear friend, you know what they say, language is the source of misunderstanding.... Even the terms 'tolerance', 'compassion', and 'objectivity' are debatable :)

  8. language as a way of bewitchment...

    no wonder they taught us tok for 3 semesters. to make us confused even more

  9. sure! i'm kinda free right now. sms la or through facebook ke

  10. ok i don't really see where is the optical illusion in the picture adlan... can u plz explain? huhu...

  11. x nmpk? nasib baik x apply cardiff. huhu...

    the yellow ellipses are drawn by the artist with yellow paint. in reality, it's actually a distorted image but if u look at it at a certain vantage point (which is shown in the picture), u'll get the 3 circles.

    if you look from another position, u'll get weird yellow paint. x fhm jgk, buzz kt ym ek

  12. and what has cardiff got to do dengan tak nampak an illusion in a picture?

  13. nothing really..

    it's just that if u're going to cardiff and ur friends come for a visit and u take them to Cardiff Bay Barrage and when they cannot see the illusion and they start to ask you what's the illusion and u cannot answer it...

    that would be pretty pathetic :D

  14. saya berilusi kerana tak nampak ilusi optik gambar tersebut =P

  15. yellow circles tu illusi sebenarnye.

    kalau g tmpt tu betol2, kwsn tu kena cat dgn cat kuning.

    gmbr tu x kena edit pon, xde photoshop or effect ape2.

    mmg dia lukis kat kwsn tu, tp sbb berdiri kt tmpt cm dlm gmbr tu, baru nmpk bulatan tu..;)

  16. jwb soalan tuh...when should we trust our senses to give us truth..
    sometimes we shouldn't actually..

  17. so..did you find it when you went there?

  18. nope. that means i have to go again. and azizi rosli pon x jumpe lg



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


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!!