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

hello

"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...

Thursday, October 01, 2009

september

"Do you remember the 21st night of September?"

Funny how the date of my 1st day of class is featured in this song.

Well, living in an area where you're the minority isn't exactly how I imagined. Talk about cross-cultural differences!

"Do you drink?"

"Are you going to the Medics Cocktail Party?"

"You can just call me if you want to organize great parties."

Yeah, this is life!

Oh, and this is my 1st time raya overseas...cool giler!

"Tell me you remember....Our dancing in September..."

If I can dance my way through KMB, might as well be dancing again through the University of Nottingham. I just need to keep on going, the rhythm & steps maybe different but I'm still me.

Speaking of steps, this is how waterproof shoes look like:


And my dreams...it's been going on for days. Imagine that it's not even been a month and you've started missing other people. Haish ~

"Did you know that when people appear in your dreams, it's because of their feelings wanting to see you...?"
Honey and Clover
Episode 14

Jadi...kau rindu kat aku ke? :P

Anyway, I think it's the other way around too...

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!!