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

Monday, February 27, 2012

you keep me hangin' on

Today marks the beginning of a new phase in my university life - the Clinical Phase!

 Your Smartcard is yours for life

I have always considered The University of Nottingham as the university of 2nd chances.


For starters, the results from our 1st to half of 3rd year do not contribute to our medical degree, BMBS whereas in most other universities, the degree is based upon the results right from the very first assessment in the 1st year. So if I struggled in my first year (in which I did), I would still have another chance of improving the likelihood of me getting a first class degree if I scored better in the following year.

And my 3rd year contributes 60% to my first degree, BMedSci and if I do really well, that's going to help me in covering up my flaws in the first 2 years.

So you see, I have so many chances of redeeming myself but thus far, it hasn't really gone my way.

Truth be told and being me, of course I have been targeting a 1st for my BMedSci. The good news is my average is improving as I progress (my 1st year result is horrible but my 2nd year is much more commendable). But as a realistic optimist, I know that it's unlikely that I would obtain a first class honours for my first degree. This is not giving up. This is being realistic. 

Giving someone a false hope is bad enough but to give yourself a false hope is even worse.

That's why I need to brace myself for the worst, that I will fail to get what I wanted and I am ready for that already.

The 1st revelation of my 3rd year results on the 13th of February implied that I may not get what I want and I'm okay with that. I no longer have to worry about my upcoming results despite the fact that there will be 2 more revelations (March and July)..cause I know that the probability of me getting high is low. I'm not going to put my hopes up high again (like what I did last year).

Allah has set me free from my worrisome :)

The reason why I wanted a 1st for my first degree was so that I would be more appealing to my future employers. Now that I know that's unlikely to happen, I'm just going to focus on my 2nd degree..the real one; BMBS - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.

And this degree starts now.

Here's to new beginnings and second chances! 

Who says I'm giving up? I just found a new direction...

4 reviews:

  1. dah clinical! (^___^)y

    InsyaAllah, all the best...

  2. itula...sgt mencabar. huhu

    thanks for the wish :)

  3. clinical memang mencabar... segala skills kena praktis~~~




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!!