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

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

lagu untukmu

Dari Malaysia ke Palestin...


A snippet from a local newspaper:

"We are scared... that we can die at any moment,"
said 11-year-old Mohammed Ayyad who lives near a government compound blasted in the overnight raids.
Source: NST

Now, people around the world are awaken from their own perpetual slumber. Everywhere, here and there, demonstrations are being held and protests towards Israel are being heard. It's the time to be neither ignorant nor indifferent.

Fellow bloggers already have their own posts on this matter. My post may not open the eyes of 1 million people but if I can make 1 person be cognizant of this issue, at least it's a start.

Marilah kita berdoa. Bukankah doa adalah senjata orang mukmin?

"...Berdoalah kepada-Ku, nescaya akan aku perkenankan bagimu..."
(Al-Mu'min (40): 60)

From Malaysia to Palestine...

Sunday, December 28, 2008

bring me some water

When I looked at NST's front page yesterday, there it stated - Klang Valley will face water shortage in 2010. I was like, Great! Now we have a water crisis.

photo by Hypergurl

With the economy is tumbling and food prices keep going up, up and away, there's no telling what else will happen in this world.

People will start looking for solutions like maybe the Earth Hour 2007 - 2.2 million people in Sydney, Australia switched off their lights in order to fight global warming. So, what does it have anything to do with the water crisis? Well, maybe everyone in the world can skip their morning shower on a certain day or maybe don't go to the toilet for 12 hours. Who knows? If people are desperate, they might just go for the extreme measures. I guess we are being ignorant towards the fact that our world is in a state of environmental turmoil.

When I was in MRSM TGB, there were several times when we faced water shortages. Plus, KMB also had occasional episodes of water crisis. When humans face impediments such as these, that's when they realize the value of water. Maybe we should do the same to our nation; stop the water supply every now and then so that people would suffer, thus hopefully we would be thankful enough to have access to clean water. Imagine that. Haha, don't take me seriously.

What should we do? Well, moderate our water consumption and practice this everyday; we don't need to opt for the hyperbolic steps. After all, istiqamah is much better. It's like doing your EE, whether you want to write all the 4000 words in one day or you want to write it slowly but progressively and in the end producing a top-notch essay. You decide...

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)

adjective

  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...

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

bebas berlari

Imam Ghazali pernah bertanya kepada anak-anak muridnya:

Apakah yang paling berat di dunia?

Memegang amanah.

photo by speedgrafer

Aku ingin berlari
Tanpa menoleh belakang
Menuju destinasi
Ke arah fajar
Ketika dinihari

Aku ingin bebas
Di tengah-tengah padang
Luas terbentang
Tidak dicengkam prioriti
Tak perlu fikirkan implikasi
Bebas berlari...

Mungkin aku telah sedar - betapa beratnya amanah ini.

I have always wanted a big brother; someone that I can look up to, so I don't have to hold the responsibility as the eldest child, so I can be free.

Somewhere inside me had always wanted to escape from taking up responsibilities. You might think I'm selfish but it's just that I don't want my current priorities to be obscured by new ones. That's why I try my best to say NO to new tasks. I'm s
cared that I couldn't manage everything. I might end up making people feel upset but it's better than to do things unwillingly.

"Sesungguhnya Kami telah kemukakan tanggungjawab amanah (Kami) kepada langit dan bumi serta gunung-ganang (untuk memikulnya), maka mereka enggan memikulnya dan bimbang tidak dapat menyempurnakannya (kerana tidak ada pada mereka persediaan untuk memikulnya); dan (pada ketika itu) manusia (dengan persediaan yang ada padanya) sanggup memikulnya. (Ingatlah) sesungguhnya tabiat kebanyakan manusia adalah suka melakukan kezaliman dan suka pula membuat perkara-perkara yang tidak patut dikerjakan."
(Al-Ahzab (33):72)

Tiada guna memegang amanah tanpa sebarang komitmen. Namun, tanggungjawabku sebagai seorang Muslim, akan tetap kupikul sepenuh hati...

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!!