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

Sunday, October 16, 2011

how do you sleep?

Time: 1:37 am, Nottingham

Tau tak? Tadi aku baring kat atas katil for 1 jam setengah but failed to fall asleep! I hate myself for this. Ok, I am really sensitive when it's time to close my eyes.

Case studies:

A. In my house in Shah Alam, my room is the only one that has these translucent windows attached on the walls thus, allowing light from the hall upstairs to pass inside my room. Ni tingkap yang kat belah dalam tau bukan untuk tengok luar. So, faham la apa yang jadikan? Bila nak tidur, aku akan keluar & tutup lampu regardless of who's using it. I would get irritated if someone left the light on for such a long time. Blood pressure meningkat bila tengok lampu menyala terang benderang. Grrrr...

B. In my house in Nottingham when I was in the first year, I learned about myself more when I discovered my human alarm clock. Yes, jam loceng manusia. His laughter can wake up the whole house. Or maybe, just me. His laughter approximates to a sound pressure level of 100 dB (remember, I'm being sarcastic here). It really ticked me off when I couldn't sleep at my bedtime. Cause it's going to affect the time that I'll be waking up tomorrow. I actually got up from my bed and went downstairs to give him an angry look which made him shut up for a while. Little did I know that this alarm clock goes off until this day.

C. 11.00pm - 12.30am, Saturday - Sunday, 15-16 October 2011. It was during this period of about 1.5 hours that I lay on my bed turning on the sounds of rain and thunder on my iPad (I even put on the auto-lock thinking that I'd fall asleep after the sound is over but Nooooo) trying to sort of neutralize the laughter that seemed endless coming from downstairs. Argh! Geram...Well, you're reading this post right? So yeah, obviously aku tak dapat tidur.

My senses can be very sensitive when it's time for me to fall asleep. And apparently, people don't get that. They think I can fall asleep easily. Haish..I know that you need to have a speck of light when you're sleeping and I know that you wake up easily if the duvet is pulled away from you and I know that you cannot even wake up even if 3 types of alarm are turned on: the chicken sound, the Indian beat & the Sony Ericsson alarm.

Dear readers, the message from this blog post is - Be considerate.

Yes, I don't think people should be making noise if it's close to midnight. (This includes you, jiran sebelah rumah yang buat party last week!) We need to think about others. That person might want to go jogging early in the morning tomorrow (Ye, saya nak joging esok tapi tak jadi kot sebab sekarang dah pukul 2.19 am). Apart from that, I should not be selfish thinking sleep is so important for myself. For all I know, they could be discussing on ways to save the world. Well, sacrificing a good night's sleep for the betterment of the world sounds reasonable enough for me. (Although I'd be cranky about it :P)

Which brings me to another point - Think good of others.

I'm not perfect, but I'm trying my best to do this ;)

So, I've sort of thought of ways to overcome my sensitivity in trying to fall asleep. I could buy earplugs as suggested by Andi Rizal. I could also get up from my bed after the first 40 minutes of terbaring dalam keadaan tak tenang and do something fruitful instead of lying for another 50 minutes pastu bangun jugak. Lol. And last but not least, aku rasa aku nak buat sleepover kat rumah orang kat Dunkirk the next time aku dengar orang gelak kat rumah ni. Boleh tak? Boleh tak? Please, please.

Okay, that's all for now. Maybe lepas ni boleh tidur kot. But before that, aku nak vacuum satu rumah so that diorang pulak yang terbangun. Okay, kidding. I'm not that evil. I hope you enjoy this funny post. Cause I was laughing the whole way. And I myself, need to be more cosiderate and think good of others...

4 reviews:

  1. owh ho~~~

    terbalik pulak... (>.<)
    mesti tidur dalam lampu bukak... lampu tutup, automatically bangun~~~

    after all, betul, kite kena considerate orang lain... huhu...

  2. haha, agak kelakar pulak kalau tutup lampu, dia automatically bangun. kah3

    agak menarik la dia ni, tidur kena ada lampu :D

  3. lol... you poor thing. I am now awoken every night by my 45 day old baby..;) Gone are my days of sound sleep at night.. May you find a way to some peaceful sleep at night.. ear plugs may help- the one yang macam they use during F1 races.. :D

  4. hahaha teacher, you're so funny.

    i don't know how it feels like to be awaken at night by a 45 days old baby (obviously :P) but i bet you'd feel the joy to be blessed with a beautiful baby :)



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!!