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

Friday, June 26, 2009

why can't the english?

Many days ago, on the frontpage of a local newspaper, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was shown trying his hand at grinding rice at the national level Gawai Dayak celebrations in Kuching. Apart from that, Little Izzat gets Chelsea invite and Ahmadinejad wins a troubled polls. These are, however, unrelated to this post.

Compulsory English would mean
130,000 without SPM


Our country's education system has always been so controversial.

Anyway, I do believe that this is a necessary step, I mean, it's going to happen anyway so might as well just start now. True, lots of things need to be considered. English proficiency isn't something that you can master overnight.

For me, when I was young, my dad would open up this book that has lots of words and pictures and he would teach me how to pronounce those words. I guess that's how I got early exposure of English. It's not just that, watching cartoons like Power Rangers or Bugs Bunny definitely help me in learning. Plus, subtitles are so helpful. The problem is most children would just read the subtitles without hearing the conversations. Well, you need to do both if you want to improve unless you're already good and subtitles would just be annoying.

As I grew older, music, movies, novels, comics, magazines and television series became new aids for my English proficiency. During primary school, people actually say that I have this "slang" when I speak. Yeah, it's weird. How could I get it if I have been in Malaysia after all these years? I probably picked it up from the tv or the radio. And some would be flabbergasted when I tell them that I converse in Malay with my family members (we do use English at times); okay "flabbergasted" is a strong word, more like "surprised".

When I entered KMB last 2 years, I was somehow excited because it seems like everyone is conversing in English. I mean I've never been to a place like this. The funny thing is by the end of Semester 1, the population of English-speaking KMBians was somehow significantly curtailed and I find myself using Malay more often. It's okay though, I still use English with some of my friends ;)

To all Malaysians, English (the language not the people) is like everywhere. It doesn't mean Malay is forgotten. Be good in both languages. Master English and you'll see the benefits. If you need some convincing, watch My Fair Lady. As for me, I do believe that my proficiency has improved after 2 years in IB. I have wider vocab and I am more fluent now. See, you just have to keep practising. It's a skill too. Just like cooking, playing frisbee, photography, video-editing, swimming, pen-spinning or any other skills which you'd like to learn. And by the way, I'm still learning too...

9 reviews:

  1. wow...
    ni post dr mekkah ke?

  2. hahaha..smbil beribadatpon ingat pada negara. bagos2.

    tapikan adlan, mungkin kita patut tunggu masa yang sesuai. macam drastik sangat. dan "masa yang sesuai" itu aku tidak boleh nak cadangkan bila. mungkin bila semua orang mendapat pendedahan awal dalam penggunaan bahasa Inggeris seperti Adlan. ataupun mungkin bila sudah terbukti yang kita tidak bolh membangun tanpa bahasa Inggeris. ya, mungkin.

  3. Emm..For persons from urban areas, yea it may be a good thing but for the students from rural areas, even malay language is still a problem..

    But english issues are not about malay language will be forgotten, that is actually only an excuse i think because if we want to 'mendaulatkan' malay language, should we sacrifice others? Both are important for Malaysians, thus a win-win situation should be created, and gvernment, it is your job..

  4. to anonymous,

    haha, nope.
    i wrote it b4 flying off and scheduled it so that it's published while i was in makkah =)

    to aqeem,

    that's ur 1st comment on my blog!
    haha, thanks!

    to m.u.s.e,

    somehow, i do agree wiv ur opinion. probably, they should not make it compulsory immediately but it must be implemented promptly. sure, crucial steps are needed and i must say...better late than never ;)

    to RaveHeartz,

    well said arif! well said indeed!

    pergunakan bahasa lain untuk mendaulatkan bahasa melayu ;)

  5. Emmm..mendaulatkan bahasa dengan bahasa lain... Conquer all language that we can,..a brilliant idea, adlan..huhuhu

    P/s: nak tasbih, kopiah, n air zam2..bile nak ajak kuar?kat kl nih

  6. urm...arif, kau tau kan by the time aku bace comment kau ni, aku dah ade kat malaysia, huhu

    kau kat kl ek? blh je kot kalau nak kuar g mane2 insyaallah, sms je aku =)

  7. hey adlan!!! when did u come back?
    didn't c u at ym (which is surprising). haha...

    anyway, how was ur umrah? mayb u can make a new post about it. i would love to read it! =)
    (sory kalo komen ni xd kaitan ngan post adlan. huhu...)

  8. ye fifah, dah balik ptg smlm...kan ade kt twitter kt sebelah atas tu...

    itula..rase cam nak wat post psl umrah..nntila, lps habis rehatkan diri. xpe, komen je ape2, tak kisah pon

    btw, i'm always online kt ym (that means i'm invisible)



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!!