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

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

didn't we almost have it all

And so the result is out:

So I walked home quickly to see if I got a reply from Dr D and it seems that he emailed everyone saying that the result was out - and I got no. 3!

Well okay, I've already gotten MIA (Molecular Immunology and Autoimmunity) for this semester so maybe it's time for someone else to get their 1st choice(s). You can't get everything that you want in life.

I wonder why do I always go for the popular ones..

"This year the percentage of students awarded their first or second choice of homebase (71%) fell from the previous year (85%)."

Yeah, I'm one of the 29%.

"This was probably a consequence of a substantial rise in the numbers placing Psychiatry as their first choice (68, up from 33 last year)."

And again, I'm one of the 68 from 270 (25.19%) medical students who opted for this homebase. Apparently, Psychiatry is the hot stuff for this year.

2 statistical figures directed at me :P

Ok, so I wouldn't be meeting Dr T or Dr T. I guess I'd be seeing Dr X (X means unknown).

Haha, my Top 5 had always been a plan. Put only those with less than 20 spots and think of the ones which people are least likely to go for and arrange them.

So there'll be no cakes for me then. But the reason why I put the 3 MOL (Molecular Medical Sciences: Immunology, Microbiology & Molecular and Cellular Pathology) in the middle is because I know that there will be Ms JP and she consistently gets credit for her efficiency. And plus MOL is one of the homebases which you do not have to read a lot during summer. And it's 5000 words of report only. And out of the 3, Microbiology is the one (according to my research prior to the selection) that recorded the highest mark for its modules; I put it as no. 3 instead of 2 cause I like Immunology more - I have passion for those Y-shaped thingies! Last but not least, I still have a chance to see Dr T and even Dr M-P, my tutor if I get the taught course III!

All is well! Even though I'm one of the few who didn't get my Top 2...(tu sebab kena keluarkan result awal-awal, haish)

Lagipun, bukan kita kena berazam untuk jadi golongan yang sedikit ke? (smile, smile, wink, wink) That may not be relevant, but you get the point right? ;)

Haha. Ok, I guess that's enough. I have 100+ lectures to be read. And it's sad to say goodbye to MIA..reminds me of the time when I said goodbye to BHS (Behavioural Sciences) last year. lol

Thank you Allah. I believe this is a better plan for me (^^,)

Bring on Microbiology for Sem 5! InsyaAllah, biiznillah...

6 reviews:

  1. every time I read one of your posts, I always seem to have the feeling that I've never read it before. strange.

    anyhow, in regards to your question; jawapan dia kan

    - :)

    tak apa you didn't make a wrong choice :) even if you put microbs as your last choice, if it was meant to be, by the end of the day, you'll still end up with that one jugak biiznillah. (unless you didn't put it in any of your choices la kan :p)

    and oh, when I said i wanted yours, well, that was just a joke. betul. :D

    semoga berjaya, in all your future endeavors.


  2. erm...good, at least u get the point. hehe.

    yeah, it took days to come up with that top 5. so, when i think about it again, kalau tak dapat the top 2, tak tau nak buat apa dah other than doing the other 2 MOL. so, that's fine.

    tapi katakan la tetibe ade org email semua org cakap dia tak nak psychiatry/immunology and die nak microbiology; well then, harusla reply email dier.

    i wish you all the best in sem 4 as well.

    let's stay here for the next 3 years, shall we.

  3. Adlannnnnn!!! comel.huhu

  4. Honestly struggle kot budak ekonomi nak faham bahasa medic.ape kata next time kau cakpa short form itu utk ape? MIA.MOL.haha.

    xla effort sgt aku membacanya.

    tapi psikiatri bunyi cm best je.:).

  5. wow, tak sangka sasya dtg.

    sebenarnye tak letak ape bende tu sbb usually bile ckp kat org lain pon, diorg tak faham. kdg2, diorg angguk je kepala nak sedapkan hati. heh.

    thanks for the effort!

    psychiatry mmg best. sbb tu it's my 1st choice.

    p/s: post ini pon diedit utk bdk2 ekonomi



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!!