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

Friday, June 24, 2011

fighting temptation

 It doesn't relate to the post, but I just love this luminarium ^^

So, here I am right now...back to the field of reality for a few months.

This morning, I heard something really interesting from Dato' Fadzilah Kamsah on MHI. I always like watching MHI in Malaysia. I watched it on the day of the release of my SPM result, during Christmas and on the days of summer last year just so that I can get some updates on what is going on in this country. Anyway, he said that we should always pray that we will not have the opportunities to do any sins. It's because, when we are surrounded by these opportunities, it is feared that we might not be able to resist the temptation of doing them.

True enough isn't it? Let me elucidate further by using myself as an example.

As an environmentalist, I always try my best to recycle the wastes that I created; be it the receipts from the purchase of ZARA jackets or even the box used to pack my Neuroanatomy colouring book from Amazon. It really is easy to recycle in the UK where the recycling bins are readily accessible. The ones around Dunkirk allowed me to recycle almost any recyclable wastes. But then, it was closed indefinitely. That's alright..cause I still can recycle at the medical school.

But here in Malaysia, I can assure you that I could not even find a recycling bin in a radius of 500 m from where I'm typing this blogpost right now. The one place I know would require me to drive for about 5-10 min in order for me to fulfil my so called "environmentalist" purpose. Looking at my rubbish bin, I can see several ounces of paper wastes which I could easily recycle if I were in Nottingham. 

The point is, it's easy isn't it for me to recycle when all these recycling bins are around me? But when they're not, I can easily turn into a waste-producing monster.

Ajr like sins..your likelihood of obtaining them depends on what you surround yourself with. If you always be in a group of friends whom remind you of Allah 24/7, then insyaAllah, you'd be safe and sound. But if you surround yourself in an environment that can easily tempt you into committing actions that can lead to Allah's wrath, then you might do yourself a good deal by staying away from the opportunities.

And this summer, well let's just say I have several projects in my head (including medical, saving the world stuff), books to be read, tasks to be achieved and so much more. They do seem mountainous at the time but I hope the progress would be smooth insyaAllah.

So let's pray shall we that Allah will close the opportunities for us to commit any sins...

...cause we might not be able to resist them and give in to temptation, naudzubillahi mindzalik...

Thursday, June 09, 2011

to sir, with love

Hello everyone, long time no see eh?

Just want to let you know that I am now in my first 2 weeks as a 3rd Year Medical student at The University of Nottingham. And yesterday, I completed my Student Associates Scheme...it was my last day at Portland Primary School in Bilborough.

The day began with me playing with the children outside as they learn how to perform long jumps. Out of the blue, the mild weather outside turned into a heavy downpour and the children screamed with excitement. I can't help smiling whilst looking at their expressions. My favourite student (I can't name him but you'll see who I'm referring to) played with my wet hair and gave me a new hairstyle.

Inside the class, it was finally time for me to say goodbye to the children...but little did I know that I would be getting a surprise from them:

And this came along with a card from the teacher and Cadbury Heroes :')

And these are my 26 students...



He really behaved when he found out I was leaving.











He's good in Maths.








Another boy who's good in Maths. We played during PE on my last day.











He can be naughty and nice at times. But most of the time, he's just a good boy.









He's a cute boy and filled with curiosity.









She's very quiet and shy most of the time.








He was the very first student that I met on my first day going to class.









She called me Mr Ravioli on my first day, hahaha.










He's a little boy with an amazing smile.









He can be really difficult sometimes. But he really just wanted some attention.







He wanted me to keep going to the school but I really can't. Huhu.









And I present to you my favourite student! He has beautiful hair and was really, really cute. We kept spending time together during lessons.








She is really smart and well-behaved. Her best friend is the one below.








Very intelligent young lady. You can see that she and her bestfriend wrote the same thing. Hahaha.










She was quite sad that I would be leaving.










I worked with her during Maths most of the time. She has improved through time, alhamdulillah.









He's just such a cute boy and loves football.









And I just love this boy's hairstyle.










A sweet little girl who loves saying "Hi!" to me.









Was one of the difficult children in class whom eventually turned out to be a kind young lady.







He's the new student in class. And he hugged me twice on my last day, huhu.








She just loves my attention.








A soft-spoken and very quiet young lady.






There are only 23 dedications since the other 3 weren't around on that day. 

Well, I have to say that I am very grateful for having the chance to meet these children in my life. In my farewell speech, I said to them that they are like caterpillars. They will one day become butterflies...grow their own wings to fly and have their own colours. And I gave them all lollipops and origami butterflies =)

I was delighted to see that the children were really excited to get those butterflies.

Before school ended, I was asked to read a story to them. I'm not going to talk about that cause I find it hard to pronounce certain words in the story, hahaha.

Being a Student Associate really made me appreciate my teachers more. I developed new skills e.g. administrative, communication, time management (especially during the dreadful Sem 4 in Nottingham) and the joy of meeting these lovely children whilst undergoing the hardships of medical school.

And I walked them out to the school exit for one last time...and I thank Allah for letting them to be a part of my life...

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!!