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, February 28, 2009

don't speak

You don't really think I'm going to leave my blog without being updated for one whole month. After all, I am now free ~

I have this friend which I was close to in the early semesters in KMB, but nowadays, I realized that we rarely talked. Plus, whenever we meet, we only make eye contact. Yes, eye contact! I had to be the one to do the talking - the one to greet the other for numerous times continuously until I got tired...which was today. It's funny though. IB has not even ended yet and we're not talking to each other already. Don't get me wrong; we're not arguing or having internal conflicts. It's just that...I don't know; as time passes by, we simply stopped having conversations. Peculiar, I know. To the person being featured on my blog - just a simple greeting like giving salam is enough. We don't need to have long hours of chit chat. Simple short ones will do. And to all my friends - I really hope that this would not happen to anyone of you. It would be sad; really.

Speaking of speaking, I just found out about this:

Terlajak perahu boleh berundur
Terlajak kata buruk padahnya

Well, it might be old hat to you; nevertheless, how many of us are aware of the fact that we can actually hurt others through words?

Imam Ghazali pernah bertanya:

Apakah yang paling tajam di dunia ini?

Lidah manusia

Words can do so much damage to our lives. At times, there is this strange tendency for us to just blurt out whatever we have in our minds. Once we realized that we've said something wrong, that's when we wished we never said anything. And the guilt, it will devour you and make you feel bad for hours, days, weeks, months or even years.

And even that, don't you think that people like to talk bad stuff about others? It's almost like a culture in certain community (check out gossip)

Well, speak only when we have to and control what we want to say. Don't babble everything in your mind (unless you have a blog of course). Essentially, think before you throw...words that is...


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!!