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

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

rain on me

The wind blew cruelly towards them. The freezing droplets didn't seem like it would allow A to walk peacefully in the huge city which he had arrived just now. H was taking the guests from Nottingham to the halls which they would live in during their visit. A's light brown sweater is now drenched in the cold rain and wonders if the tears of the sky would ever stop...

Nahh, not another short story, just an intro for my post on the visit in the city of Manchester...;)

It really is a huge city which you can find good, delicious, halal food almost anywhere. And for a person with a big appetite, that's definitely a good news! I kept telling others too that I wanted to eat (macam takde benda lain) when I go to Manchester. I stayed at Hafiz's and I did bump into several other Mancunians.

The host

Remember this photo? Bad memory? Click here.

Well, it's not exactly a Ferris wheel. The view from above the Wheel of Manchester.

And even though it rains very often, there's still sunlight in the end...

I also told Hafiz that we have to check the weather every now and then especially when you live in countries with 4 seasons.

Of course, we went for a tour at Old Trafford

We played Foosball

Cardiff & Nottingham

When I heard the tour guide said the jerseys correspond to the seats where the players actually sit, I did this.

At the gift shop

We are from Nottingham!

Frankly, when I was at Old Trafford, I suddenly remembered a secret which I once shared with someone once upon time. Hmmm...

The scrumptious dinner

Since there are so many halal food in Manchester, I bought souvenirs for my housemates - Subway sandwiches!

Well, it was my insurance choice

Now I know how it feels like to leave Nottingham for a long time (padahal 3 hari je). I feel so great to come back home on Sunday.

Have you ever run across a highway?

In Manchester, I made new friends, met old ones, recurring characters too :), ate a lot, took some pictures, bought some souvenirs and I learned more.

What would you do?

One thing's for won't always rain on me...

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

everybody in love

You know you need someone
When the need is so strong
When they're gone you don't know how to go on
So the whole world is stuck in a moment
Standing still until they come back

And Nottingham Games was definitely the highlight of the previous week. It's also one of the reasons why I choose Nottingham cause there's a chance for me to meet up with my friends =)

I just realized that it's not even been 2 months since I came to Nottingham but it feels like it's been a while since I bumped into them.

Every minutes like an hour
Every hours like a day
Every day lasts forever
But what else am I gonna do
I'd wait forever and a day for you

And I didn't even get to spend a lot of time with them, but I believe there is a next time...several next times...

Anyway, it's my birthday again! I did several cool things today which I enjoyed which eventually made me remember of the things that I would like to do before I die.

Plus, now I know my birthday in Hijrah calendar - 4th of Rabiulakhir (Rabi Al-Thani) 1410. Click here to find out yours.

To my friends, I hope to meet you again, and so...I wait up, wait up for you...


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!!