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, May 30, 2009

hitohira no hanabira

- a single flower petal fluttered down beside me -

photo by kaoni701

I have completed my IB journey...

Just want to remind you all that we shouldn't be so solemn and always enjoy the present to its fullest. After all...

"Flowers in full bloom do not last forever"
words of the Principal from the hit Japanese drama,
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Hana Kimi) / 花ざかりの君たちへ

  • “mencari seorang teman seperjuangan bagaikan mencari sebiji benih pokok dalam semak yang berduri..bersedialah untuk dilukai, jangan mengalah untuk terus mencari..andai sudah kau temui, sayangilah ia dengan sepenuh hati semoga ukhwah itu akan kekal abadi..”
  • "Usah ditangisi perpisahan ini, jika ada rezeki pasti kita akan dipertemukan nanti..jika tiada rezeki, semoga Allah kurniakan sahabat yang lebih baik dan lebih kekal..jika tiada rezeki juga, semoga kita dipertemukan di syurga nanti..=)"
  • “Tiada nikmat terbesar selain nikmat iman dan islam yang ada pada orang mukmin melainkan teman-teman yang soleh. Apabila kamu merasai kewujudan kasih sayang yang ada padanya, maka genggamlah ia dengan seerat-eratnya…
Source: Hakikat Kehidupan Untuk Terus Hidup

And I have so many memories at KMB. Soooooo many...

photo by Zulhilmi (Wan Chong), inspired by Farid
I don't care what you say about this picture :P


Here are some of the conversations or dialogues from KMB. It's interesting, really. Try finding yours if you can.

(It doesn't really mean these people always say these stuff, it's basically everything that I ever heard of either frequently or occasionally or even once)

Teachers


Malay
Cikgu Hasni: "Ingat selalu, sastera tak rigid"

English
Ms Oja: "I would say someone like Adlan is witty"
Me: "What's witty?" (while looking at Nina trying to get an answer)

Ms Nora: "Adlan, if you talk fast like that, no one's able to catch what you're trying to say" (after my Eng Oral)

Mathematics
Ms Kamariah: "You looked familiar...You reminded me of someone..." (during the first semester and the first consultation)

Economics
Ms Diana: "Walaupun jawapan Adlan tu merepek, tapi sebenarnya betul" (during the topic of Unemployment)

Ms Azizah: "You always say government should do this, government should do that, actually, YOU should do this and that" (her response towards our essay answers)

Biology
Ms Iliani: "Adlan, what is the meaning of degenerate? (on the topic of Proteins Semester 2)"
Me: "Urm, (while thinking for a dictionary term) it means destroyed, terhapus..."
Ms Iliani: "That's why you cannot get 7 for Bio."

Chemistry
Sir Fadzlanor: "Adlan, awak suka Chem tak?"

Ms Fauziah: "Let's party! Party! Party!" (after Chem Paper 3)

Pengajian Agama Islam
Ustaz Shiham: "Wi-fi, awak duduk mana?"
Me: "Erm...Seksyen 6, Shah Alam"
Ustaz Shiham: "Oh, kat situ ada jual pisang goreng sedap"

Theory of Knowledge
Ms Tik: "Adlan, what would you do if a woman comes to you for abortion?"
Me: "I'll show her the video tape (the video which shows the cruelty of abortion)"
Ms Tik: "That's a safe answer"

Me: "Have you made up your mind?"
Ms Yatie: "Yup.. You got what you wished for..(on her response of my group's TOK presentation marks)"

Extended Essay
Ms Rosmaria: "Yuhuu....plans never really work. Spontaneous action normally does, but too risky"

MPP
Ms Badriyah: "I always remember you everytime I make that sandwich filling"

M07J

Akmal: "Kau kenal tak siapa fernando torres?"

Che: "Kalau kau tak dapat interview ni, aku bog*l"

Syahir: "Aku tak nak ikut kau tadi sebab takut kau tinggalkan aku sorang2"

Nina: "Adlan, are you okay?"

Farhana: "Adlan, jangan pergi Nottingham tau"

Afifah: "Teruskan your happy-go-lucky nature"

Huda: "...isk..kena telur (on her birthday with Rima)"

Cto Topek Farid: "Relax Adlan, I know you can do it... (he actually wrote it on a piece of paper and I put it on my locker till the very end of IB)"

Azizi: "...." (dia tak cakap apa2 sebab dia tak reply message...just kidding) "Thank u lan. Kira aku selalu message kau la kan"

Adib: "Adlan, jom main bola petang ni"

Rima: "Doakan dapat ketenangan ek"

Ina (Amal O): "Sinisme gila (dengan sebutan baku ~ on her response towards my sarcasm)"

Akiey: "Siapa nak join Love Symphony, tulis nama kat sini ye"

Ain: "Tahniah jadi classmate 1st yang bagi duit raya."

Mun: "I know you can do it!"

Al-Hafiz: "Kitorang ada belikan roti untuk kau (on the day when I didn't go to Alamanda with my classmates because I have UKCAT and I found out there was also someone from the other class who didn't go =); roti je? beli la ayam ke...hehe)"

Hazwan: "Sushi, buat apa petang tadi?"

Arif: "Kau cerita pasal aku ye kat blog kau?"

Munee: "Haiwan apa yang paling besar kat dunia ni?"

Yati: "Adlan makan banyak"

Zizie (Hazirah): "Umur makin naik, tujuan hidup jangan lari dari landasan Allah ye"

Amal M (classmate dari MRSM TGB): "Amal tengah ada kat Dewan ni, dengar briefing (on the very first day of my life at Kolej MARA Banting ~ I found out that she's also in KMB on that very day)"

And the rest of the KMBians whose names will not be written...hehehe...

"Dah tdo?"

"What? A nice hot girl. You're the best wafer in town."

"kur kur"

"I don't usually treat people unless they've done something to me"

"If rindu aku, contact no ni keh ^_~"

"Nice video. Buat panjang lagi."

"Adlan, camne nak deposit cek?"

"Ambikkan sekali beg MABECS tu"
(ketika menyeludup beg MABECS dengan BANYAK sekali waktu exhibition kat KMB)

"Maybe you're not that interesting to be talked about"

"Aku tak tangkap gambar dengan Adlan lagi"

"Adlan, thanks for the wristlets!"

"Bergonjeng"

"I tengok video Sehati Serumpun berjuta kali dah. Tu je nak cakap"

"IB Coordinator pergi Alamanda"
(on her response of why the PIN is still not available for Econs students)

"Malam ni aku pakai seluar licin sikit la"
(But Kumpulan 3 still managed to be Johan Peringkat Negara during BTN ~ Jalur Gemilang)

"The video was awesome!"

"Nak ambik specialist apa?"
(it was her favourite question during BTN)

"Boleh tak aku pinjam raket squash untuk weekends ni?"

"Apa makanan kegemaran?"
(another favourite question)

"Kenapa tunggu? Sweetnye..."
(At KTM Subang)

"Zas!"
(from the word disaster)

"Adlan, kau siap semua tak Maths tadi?"
(right after Math Paper 2 - tak dapat la... O_o)

"Hye Adlan!"

"Aku kalau picit mata aku, kurang sikit rabun die"

"Aku nak magnet warna hijau"
(dia tinggal kat Melaka)

"Lepas ni tak leh la jumpa kau lagi"
(padahal rumah dia kat Subang)

"U belong to a piece of my memory"

"Thanks for being my friend. You really inspired me"

"Asal nak main tennis tiba-tiba?"
(during the study leave before IB Exam 2009)

"Baju kau semua Up2"

"Koyak dowh.."

"Aku dah lama tak nampak kau"

"ok now..leaves us with econ, malay, english..lyke pffftt..! confirm2 la ko dpt 7"
(during my downfall in the 2nd semester exam, ceh...)

"It was STILL a surprise to me coz I didn't think you know my birthday"
(and she shared the chocolates with her classmates & teachers =) )

"Semoga ISAC akan lebih mantap pada masa akan datang"

"Risiko!" or "RISK!"

"Adlan, how's your EE?"
(He got an A)

"Kau pernah dengar kan yang manusia pun ada rythmical behaviour"

"Tadi accident ye?"
(on the day when I had my first accident - the bus which carry the HTAR students hit a lorry; it was minor of course...this guy actually called me when I got back to KMB)

"Adlan balik tak minggu ni?"

"Assabiyah la ko"

"Laptop aku rosak weh. Aku kena type balik semua EE"

"2012 nanti pun 3 kali Friday the 13th dalam setahun"

"Alain Delon"

"Saya memang suka makan chocolate tak suka makan sayur"

"Wat pancake jer...tapi...tak jadi2 at first"

"Best tak jalan tepi raja?"

"At least tak bagi muka blur kan??"
(during IUMC result)

"Adlan, aku tanya betul2, kau nak kahwin ke tak?"

"Adlan Wafi dah rindu kat aku"

"Kita jiran dengan dia. Abang kite selalu la main dengan dia"
(on the trip to MRSM TGB)

"Adlan Wafi!"

"Kalau dah berjaya, jangan lupa aku"

"Hai, lan! Bye, lan!"

"Ya Allah, Adlan. Malu weh aku."

"Aku ada donut Big Apple untuk kau"

"Kalau Adlan masukkan virus dalam laptop aku pon, aku bagi"

"Adlan balik tak minggu ni?"

"Kat Terendak dulu pun banyak hantu"

"Saya pon suka tengok Bleach sebab dia lain dari yang lain"

"Siapa tengok Fullmetal Alchemist?"

"I want to start eating potatoes; to get ready before going overseas"

"Wei, apasal tak balik lagi?"
(on the last day at KMB, you can guess that this person is a Business student - they all think alike)

"Haih..main surprise2 pulak dia ni"
(when she got the Secret Recipe cake)

"Adlan kat rumah selalu makan pizza la ni?"
(and I replied by saying I eat tempoyak and belacan)

"Byebye Guantanamo"
(last day for the Business students)

"Alamanda? We're on the same bus"
(the day when I go out for the last time with my classmates)

"Terkejut gila aku kalau password laptop dia nama aku"
(the attempt failed)

"Adlan, bawak Risk tau!"
(tapi dia tak main pon)

"Haha. Sangat lawak"
(on her response of why I called her phone on the last day of IB Exam)

"Bos!"
(dan akhirnya, dia panggil nama aku =) )

"Aku tak tau. Nak jumpa Puan Sharifah lepas IB nanti"
(on his response about his placement)

"ADLAN!"
(while waving his hands at me)

"Makan vitamin A"
(on his response of why he has light skin)

"I'm so happy for us"
(on the day I found out about Nottingham)

"Adlan, aku takut Maths"
(1 week before IB Exam 2009)

"Thanks sebab selalu bagi hadiah kat aku"
(padahal baru bagi satu je)

"Budak Jasin pon tengok Bleach!"

"Nanti kalau Adlan nak kahwin, boleh tempah nasi minyak kat..."

"Kau pernah makan dengan aku tak kat DS?"

"Budak bisnes je boleh ambik (hard disk)"
(when Business was the only paper left)

"Takutla dengan budak Kelas J. Asyik jumpa korang je"
(during the anonymous letter season)

"Sangat best!"
(her response on the day when Ms Iliani didn't teach in class and instead, open up a poll to vote for Bio option topics E or F; the day when I messaged half the class of M07B...haha)

"Shut up!!!"
(to express the feeling of surprise)

"Siapa fitry mahayuddin?"

"Thanks tau sebab jadi kawan aku"

"Aku tak tau kenapa, tapi aku selalu senyum waktu exam, joging pun senyum sorang2"

"Muka dia bujur...sama macam tuan dia"
(during mural painting)

"Adlan, nak muffin kau"

"Hot gile Adlan ni. Jelez kita"

"Adlan, kau nampak relax je"
(during the first week of IB exam)

"Is Manchester your first choice?"

"Fine, fine"
(and dia bayar hutang :P)

"Adlan tau tak mana2 hotel kat Shah Alam?"

"Aku suka raket tennis kau"
(and probably the reason why he always borrows it)

"Aku nak pinjam tie hijau kau esok, boleh?"
(during the interview season)

"Kau nak nasi lemak tak?"

"Adlan ni kalau bagi kerja mesti siap, perfectionist la"
(Wow! Betol! - this is a response from someone who has a sixth sense)

"Apa maksud Adlan?"

"Apa maksud Wafi?"

"Donut ni untuk orang2 special je"
(right before the IB exam)

"ifawnalda4!"

"Urm, depends on siapa la budak2 lelaki tu"
(on her response of whether she would go out alone will all her male classmates)

"If you're around JB, sms la"
(during CAS at Hospital Permai)

"Adlan!"
(waving to me from the top floor at the academic block along with 3 other friends, budak Langkawi)

"Dia tak reply langsung sms yang orang hantar"
(on the day of Nottingham results)

"Adlan Wafi yang comel"

"Where did you get that Harvard t-shirt?"

"Hebat siyal"

"Kadang2 kita boleh nampak orang tu banyak baca surat khabar bila baca essei Malay diorang"
(while we're on the flight back to Malaysia)

"Kau memang hensem"
(tengah bodek)

"Daging arnab liat sikat"
(when we talked about Sate Kajang)

"Saya tak pernah nampak awak tak senyum. Senyum mesti sampai kat telinga"

"Best tak?"
(she was asking about the Olympiad Chemistry camp which I've gone to during Semester 2 break)

"Adlan interview hari ni kan? Good luck!"

"Dah lama gile aku tak tengok Grey's Anatomy"

"Susah la kalau semua benda nak sama"
(on his response of why we like and hate different contestants of The Amazing Race)

"Oh, that's my father's name!"
(during the tea party, orientation week)

"Assalamualaikum, dah solat Asar?"

"Pergi terbang kat Adlan tu"
(It was the windiest day ever in KMB)

"Can I put your blog url in my references?"
(EE)

"Aku tak sebut nama dia, kau yang sebut"

"Smile always"

"Nanti kirim salam kat gagak hitam ye"
(CAS Permai)

"Jadi counsellor malam ni je ke?"
(during the night when I open up a temporary counselling service on YM)

"Adlan, nak kerepek"
(Kerepek Letop Terbaik!)

"Terima kasih banyak2 sebab banyak tolong aku selama ni...terutama exam"

"My results for this sem is bad"

"I will be your avid reader"

Well, I'm too tired already from recalling and typing. See, who says I don't remember what you said?

Am I glad it's all over?
Yeah, definitely.

Do I feel sad?
Sincerely, I do actually.

Am I happy?
Yup!

Do I feel empty?
I'm not a business student, so no :P

It's been one heck of a ride in KMB and I thank Allah for that...

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!!