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, January 03, 2012


People really do have different levels of sensitivity..

Most of us, I'm sure are aware of the saying, "treat others how you wish to be treated" and many other forms of these quotes.


Dionne Warwick - I treat others exactly the way I want to be treated.

Well Dionne Warwick, I bet you know that's not enough.


Let's just say 2 events in the last few days inspired me to write this post.

It's great really that most of us are good at putting ourselves in other person's shoes. Good stuff!

But you have to realize, the levels of sensitivity of each and every individual are different.

Example 1 - Frape!

Ariadne thought it would be funny to frape Cobb's FB by making a status about marriage and so she did it. Don't say she's a bad girl. She did imagine herself being fraped in the same way and she'd be fine with it. In fact, she'd laugh about it since she taught it was quite witty. 

Well, well, when Cobb found out about it, he didn't even laughed. He was offended and enraged about the situation. That wasn't what Ariadne was expecting and she was baffled by the unexpected reaction.

The problem:
Ariadne did put herself in Cobb's shoes but that's not enough. She needs to know how Cobb himself would feel if he was fraped.

Ariadne imagined herself being fraped - GOOD!
Ariadne DIDN'T imagine Cobb being fraped - BAD GIRL!

Example 2 - Leaving your housemate at night

Imagine a house where all the housemates left one of them at home (a temporary one doesn't count).

All of them left without even a FB message, a text on the phone, a notice after praying together.

Now, this is the problem.

All other housemates thought they'd be cool if they themselves were the ones to be left alone at home - GOOD!
All other housemates didn't consider how the one left behind would feel when they leave him - BAD HOUSEMATES!

Hmmm, people do have different levels of sensitivity.

So Dionne Warwick, before we treat others, we have to imagine how the people themselves would feel when we treat them in a certain way..

ESPECIALLY if they are the ones closest to us~

Cause I myself would usually end up hurting those who are close to me.

And that's why I began to pray that I would be more sensitive and to avoid hurting others.

Sebab sangat penting untuk kita jaga hati saudara kita.

And me myself am trying to decode other's feelings...

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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!!