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 24, 2009


"In the year 2007, it was my first time playing Ultimate Frisbee"

Well, that's what I said during the dinner for Malaysian Medics. We were given coins and we had to introduce ourselves by saying about something that happened to us on the year of minting.

Meeting new people can be fun and I'm sure that there'll be many more introductions that I'd face in life. Now, we move on to the part where I recall a conversation that I have on YM once upon a time...

???: Nothing remains lama-lama

Wafi: True, but that doesn't mean you have to let it go

And then he replied with some lines from a Westlife song, "If I let you go... I would never know..."

You were not even responding to my message.

Saying hellos to new people can be quite freaky cause you're letting in new people into your life and it's as if you're leaving those that you have in the past. But hey, nobody said it was easy and it doesn't really mean you're letting go.

Okay, enough about that. Let's say hello to my Medicine course in the University of Nottingham.

Basically, it's systems-based integrated which is so cool! Cause it's very structured and it consists of:

A. Lectures:

Some lectures require the usage of keypads (like the ones used during the Ask the Audience lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?) Frankly, whenever the keypads are used, it's impossible for me to fall asleep, haha. And I had to tell Zuhri twice about the keypads before he understands what I was trying to say which makes me wonder whether he really has a good memory or he wasn't actually paying attention to my messages. Thankfully, Syuk got excited as soon as I talked about the keypads and hopes that he could join one of the lectures. I did tell Muz and Hanis Hanafi too but they're in the UK so, their unis also use keypads. No biggie there.

B. Seminars:

This is fun cause we work in small groups and this is where we get to know more about our colleagues.

C. Visits:

I like my GP visit! Cause it's in the city and both of my GPs are very nice :D Just can't wait to go there again and hospital visits are coming up soon.

D. Practicals:

This is where we would be kissing manikins, screaming for help, lying on the floor or wrapping each other in bandages. One of the practicals would be the Clinical Communication Skills which I really enjoy cause it involves acting or role-playing. There was one time where we were recorded on DVD and I felt a bit awkward watching myself in that video. I think I need to take extra classes for acting :P

Well, there are lots more but I think I should stop there. Essentially, there are 4 themes that make up the medical course:

Theme A: The Cell
photo by Exothermic

Theme B: The Person

Theme C: The Community

Theme D: The Doctor

That's it for now and remember, saying hello to new people doesn't really mean bye bye to others. But I'd say bye anyway cause it's more heartbraking, hehe.

Till then, salam...

7 reviews:

  1. wah, lecture kitorang xde keypad ape pun.....btw, ktorg ada pbl..hahaha

  2. hehe, sume org tau krg ade pbl :P

  3. haha erni! say hi to another pbl peeps =) tapaham camne kitorg kat sini pon ade pbl gak.wuuu.

    btw adlan, why should u say gudbye when u know it's more heartbreaking?
    pastu, siyesly korg main2 (read: blaja) cam who wants 2 b milionaire tu? mnarik sungguh!

  4. "Thankfully, Syuk got excited as soon as I talked about the keypads and hopes that he could join one of the lectures."

    aku leh imagine weyh mende nih...hahah! btw, korg cam seronok giler kt notts...waaaah!

  5. to itana,

    sbb nnti rase sedih :P

    saye suke rase sedih, hehe. yup2, tp x semua subjek la, certain je. best2!

    to z.leysza,

    huhu, agakla. best la blaja kat sini, mmg cmtu kot sbb dh jadi org notts :D

  6. "in 2006, i was 16, in form 5, and it was my first time going to you-know-where.. " :P

    boleh tak ive never told a single soul i wasnt supposed to go that place before? :P i was afraid if i did, people wouldnt want to ask me out..


    shhh tau adlan.

    anyhow, saying hello to people sure is scary sometimes,
    but you have to admit, it can be kinda exciting too..

    i always believe we'll make new friends,
    but that doesnt mean we have to forget our old ones..

    so takya a cakap goodbye. kan kan? :)

  7. lorh, mane ade...takkan la org nak wat cmtu

    yeah, i'll shhh :P

    ok, i get ur point but i still say goodbye...;)



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!!