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

Saturday, October 25, 2008

waltz

photo and info by dance-passion.com

"Probably the most popular dance of all times, waltz music has a very distinctive one-two-three tempo. The rise and fall of the dance gives a smooth and graceful movement by which the dancers seem to glide and whirl across the dance floor with grace and ease."

It just so happens that when I'm under pressure, I would dance in my room. That's why I got those green curtains to cover up my windows and sometimes, I lock my door for a long time. (The validity of these statements shall be kept as a secret)

That's not the point. What I want to say is that, we will face obstructions everyday. These challenges of life would continuously annoy us and in the end, claiming their victory when we finally give up.

KMBian 1: "I got low marks for my econ commentary..."

KMBian 2: "She cut the CAS hours by half! SHE misplaced the reports!"

KMBian 3: "I cannot work with my IRP group"

KMBian 4: "I need to redo my TOK presentation...sigh"

KMBian 5: (ME) I don't have an RQ for my EE...but now, I have an idea! Ms Rosmaria, here I come!

And in KMB, the challenges are becoming increasingly harder and more intense. And through tagged, I learned from iman ka and wan zulhilmi about these:

"So, verily, with every difficulty, there is ease.
Verily, with every difficulty there is ease."
(Al-Insyirah (94):5 & 6)

So, bear that in mind and insya-Allah, we can waltz our way through...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

21 questions

I got tagged and this is my first time! Actually, I hope I won't get tagged but somehow it made my day...;)

RULE #1 People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

RULE #2 Tag 5 people to do this quiz and those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by. Continue this game by sending it to other people.

Tagged by : Shahkang

1. What would be the least favourite thing that has happened to you?

Disappointed by my friends. I'll make them pay.

2. If you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?

Becoming a person who is always happy and be able to spread da'wa better.

3. If you were a cake, what flavour would you be?

Chocolate mud cake. Deep with passion.

4. What would you do with a billion dollars?

Lots of things. Save a bit, donate some and raise more.

5. Will you fall in love with your best friend?

Anything's possible.

6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?

Being loved by someone. And the best - loving Allah and loved by Him.

7. How long do you intend to wait for someone you really love?

Until I'm ready to get married, then I shall propose to her.

8. If the person you secretly like is already attached, what would you do?

Just let it be. I know there's someone else for me.

9. If you were to choose a verse or verses from the Quran that has made an impact in your life, which one would you choose?

"...it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not."
(Al-Baqara (2):216)

It's really motivating and inspirational. Never fail to boost my spirit.

10. What is your nickname? If you don't have any, what would be your nickname?

Multitalented. Because I believe it's important to be good in many areas.

11. How would you see yourself in ten years time?

I'm a doctor who is very profound in his career, with a wonderful family and great friends. And I'm still a blogger.

12. What’s your fear?

That would be the fear of being left behind and also time. I just hope that it will never be too late to do anything.

13. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?

A very good friend and a very talented writer. Quite annoying but friendly and funny too.

14. Would you rather be single and rich or married but poor?

Married but poor. It's better to be poor on the outside than to be poor on the inside.

15. What’s the first thing that you do when you wake up?

Look at the time and hope that I'm not late for Subuh.

16. Would you give all in a relationship?

I would be a very dedicated husband to my lovely future wife, insya-Allah.

17. What is the movie that you would recommend to others?

A Beautiful Mind. I watched it lots of times already.

18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing someone has done?

I think I have the capacity to forgive but to forget; that is a whole new question.

19. What makes your blog unique?

A lot. But each of my post ended with three dots. That would be one of them.

20. What posts from any blogs that you have read would you like to promote to others?

That would be ammar's kamera (simple yet significant) and haziq's my portable player (a satire full of sarcasm). And not to forget, imanka's how do you direct the clouds?

21. List 5 people to tag

Ammar Roslizar
Iman KA
Wan Zulhilmi
Zuhri Shin
Zulaikha Zainol

It actually made me learn more about myself and it wasn't easy answering all these questions (it took hours to come up with the answers). I'm glad that I got tagged...

Saturday, October 04, 2008

empty

I once told my friend that as we grow older, our raya celebration gets less fun. I don't know about others, but this reality seems to hold true for me.

Everytime I went back to my father's kampung in Melaka, I would usually be elated to meet up with my cousins. Nowadays, it's not as exciting as it used to be. I guess I'm older now and being the second eldest grandchild has its own drawbacks. Most of my cousins are much younger than I am and thus, it's not so easy for me to mingle with them. Many years ago, we would stay up late at night to watch raya dedication programmes on tv, sleep together in the living room and play bunga api almost every night in the first week of Syawal (Yup! Bunga api, not mercun since it's dangerous though I played it several times before). I miss the old days.

Back then, I would taste every kuih raya in each house that I went to. I told myself that I need to sample at least one each. I'm glad that some things never changed. I still enjoy nibbling kuih raya but not all of course; just my favourite - semperit. I would try the semperit in each house that I went to in hope of finding the best one. And so far, no one can beat my Opah Yang's semperit. They're delish!

photo by resipidiana

Sometimes, I think it's funny when I am unable to have long conversations with my relatives. It's even funnier when I found out that my aunts and uncles have the same problem talking to members of their kin whom they have not met for a long time. I guess it runs in the family. Haha. Whenever we have visitors, I constantly had to ask my family members who on earth these people are. After all, they only come by once in a year and sometimes once in a blue moon, seriously.

It's lamentable. Nonetheless, my little brother Irfan reminded me of the felicities of celebrating Aidilfitri. His frivolous giggles and ecstatic attitude made me realize that we should enjoy it while we can. Although we might only have small chats with our relatives and we might only visit them once in a year, at least we're doing it. These small things in life - they're actually the fundamentals that make us wholesome.

We should treasure the time that we have now because we never know when our last will be. And there's high chance that this will be the last raya celebration for most KMB students before flying off next year.

"zendagi migzara..cherish the moments.."
An sms I received from my good friend, Wan Muhamad Zulhilmi a.k.a Chong.

These people - friends and family; they're the ones who remind us that we're not empty. And my Aidilfitri celebration, surprisingly it wasn't as empty as I thought it would be...

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!!