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, December 19, 2009

don't let the sun go down on me

This took place from 12th - 15th of December 2009.




Once upon a time, there was a boy who told himself that he shall always look at the bright side of life. However, he knew that it would not always be easy...it's not always black and white. He became cognizant as he glided through the clouds in the sky. Truly, when one wonders upon the creations of Allah, it can be wondrous! 

Then, he remembered a quote from a friend named aozora (which means "blue sky"), "this path may be difficult but the final destination is certain".

Yeah adlan, what's the worst that could happen? There's a sunrise after every night...;)

Suka ek baca personal thoughts orang kat atas tu??? Anyway, here's what I did in Belfast:


I just have to do this at every university that I've been to

Actually, Belfast was the 1st place that we planned to go to (even before Manchester) and it's also the 1st time for us to board a plane from the UK since arriving on the 14th of September. Who's "us"? Takkan tak tau...haish~


The J's at Belfast :)

Hazwan, Fana and Fifah at the kitchen (tu pon nak posing :P)


We went out for a drink (hot chocolate ye) afterwards. Surprisingly, hot chocolate is now one of my favourite drinks since the Belfast trip. Of course, we went to Junction One the next day to shop but there are no photos since it was too cold for me to hold my camera.


We even joined the lecture on Monday morning and I didn't fell asleep, hehe


And we had sandwich for lunch which is said to be better than Subway, it's good really (I had seafood la). As you can see, Charles and Hazwan looked excited.


Me, Fana and Fifah took a picture outside the sandwich shop


That evening, we went for a tour around the university


I guess Naim was just too excited to take us for a tour around his university


That night, we went out to the city


Taking pictures of food has become a hobby of mine, I love tarts by the way

 
I had a Macaroon which originates from Belgium and it was delish!


I have to say, the city's huge and pretty too


Tempat ni memang cantik

So, that is it. We didn't go to Giant's Causeway since it was winter (it might be too cold) and it's quite far. After all, we decided to come again some other time, insyaAllah :D

After going for all the visits around many parts of the UK, I have to say that most of the time, it's just about meeting our friends. Yeah, I love doing that...which reminds me of something which was said by Nurul Iman Azwan from Scotland, "Orang pergi Notts Games selalunya nak jumpa kawan".

On another bright side, 17th Dec was an incredible day. It began with the sun shining its golden rays into my room and suddenly, snow began to fall on the lonely street in front of my house...and I smiled sooooo bright as I stared through my window :)

And by the way, although it may be a bit late, salam maal hijrah...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

runaway

It just so happens that one of the things that I enjoy doing is running.

Have you ever run so fast or sprinted so hard...that when you stopped, you realized that you have tears in your eyes?

And I'm not talking about dust in my eyes.


On the 6th of December, 5 KMBians set off to Leicester which is the nearest place from Nottingham where we can find other KMBians. It's funny really how we thought of going there. Me, Aida and Arina were in HDT (Human Development and Tissue Differentiation aka Histology) class when suddenly the idea of eating at Nando's popped into our minds. Apparently, the other 3 girls couldn't make it so we went to Leicester anyway :P


At first, I have to say, I just don't know what we'll be doing in Leicester. We only thought about Nando's and Subway. Hahahaha.


 

Right after buying Subway sandwiches, we headed towards Victoria Park. It truly is a nice park and it's windy on that day. Next, we went for a tour around the city.


 

As we were strolling around the city, I suddenly had the impression that Leicester is a bigger city than Nottingham. But I thought "Nahh, it couldn't be" until Iman said the same thing.

with the 5 Leicester girls

We went to Nando's finally! The place that I actually put as one of the criteria for my future university although I eventually found out that there are no halal Nando's in Nottingham O_o

a rush of adrenaline

To end a fantastic day, we went to this giant slide and had a go on it (well, several actually). When I went down the slide, the feeling was so great and it was a blast! Really made my day.

New Walk :)

I present to you, New Walk! It's a great place to jog, run or sprint. Too bad I still couldn't find a place where I can jog in Nottingham. I like New Walk actually - we walked during the day and we ran (most of us didn't run that much :P) at night to catch the train.

All in all, it was another great trip! Thanks to Atiqah, Fasya, Nana (Happy Birthday! since we went there on her birthday), Sarah and Seha for being such great hosts.


So what have I learned today? Well...I have to say that every place has its own uniqueness. Cause whenever I mentioned I'm going to Leicester, people would usually say "Ada apa kat Leicester?". Now, my response would be, "Banyak kottt".

And I would runaway, I would runaway, yeah, yeah

Yeah, if I were in Leicester, at least I know I can always run along New Walk and go to the slide whenever I feel down. About the title of the post? Use your instinct, decipher sendiri. I just love to run...

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

paparazzi


A gift from my parents :)

Why hello there ZR1! I'm looking forward to spend time with you for the next few years. Furthermore, you're in blue!

Let's see what's the first picture taken by this camera...



Hahaha, the old Cybershot DSC-T20. Thanks for all the 6598 photos you've taken! There  are so many memories that I have with you...always been a lovely companion. I may use you in the future, you know.

Speaking of cameras, this really reminds me of a post which I've read once upon a time from the blog of Ammar Roslizar entitled "Kamera":

March 26, 2008 at 1.34 pm

Kamera

"Oit! Kamera, Kamera..." kata Sophia kepada Nadia.

"Control..control.." kata Nadia sambil memuncungkan sedikit bibir untuk menampakkan wajah yang lebih manja kepada kamera.

"Hanya jika kita yakin pada kewujudan Allah..."

Firstly, we can see his technique in writing. He would put sentences in inverted commas at the end of each of his post and I just realized he likes 3 dots too ^_~

Okay, back to the deleted post (or blog if I may say so :P). Honestly, when I read it for the first time, I didn't really get the message until the author himself commented on it.

"Kalaulah keyakinan pada kewujudan Allah itu tinggi, pasti kita akan control dan melakukan amal-amal yang hanya diredhai Allah sahaja..kerana kita yakin bahawa amal-amal itu akan diperlihatkan semula di akhirat..samalah seperti gambar kita yang akan dilihat oleh orang ramai..=)"

So smile people, cause you know you're being watched...;)

p/s: i miss reading your blog...

Thursday, December 03, 2009

where'd you go

Where'd you go?
I miss you so
Seems like it's been forever
That you've been gone

On Saturday, 28th of November, I went into hiding :D

It's just impossible for me to be hiding and stay offline when I'm home. Thus, it's obvious that I went out somewhere...and I certainly did.

Azim took us (my housemates & I) to Oxford!


Well, the University of Oxford is a city university so, it's somehow similar to Manchester. Nonetheless, this is Oxford! The buildings everywhere are strikingly picturesque and photographic if I may say so.

We climber up this tower

Climbing up through the narrow steps

The view from above can be really stupendous

The street below

The shadow effect

Somewhere along the way

This is the place where I wanted to go so much

The first 2 movies of Harry Potter were filmed here. I found a much better shot of the hall on Flickr.

IB...brings back memories

To Aqeem, if you're reading this; if I knew you really wanted to go to Oxford, I would've called you :)

Yeah, that's what I did on that day. Go ahead and travel, you'll be amazed!

"Certainly, travel is more than seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living"
Miriam Beard

And about the hiding part? Hehe. Well, when you go into hiding, you can really tell if people miss you. Sorry for doing that though.

Now, you know where I had gone to. What about you? Just so you know, I miss you so...

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!!