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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

the sound of music

Sorry for the long delay. It's hard to do things when you're in Clinical Phase. Anyway, it's time for me to talk about our 2nd destination city - Salzburg, Austria.

You know that when you're on a trip, you try your best to reduce your expenditure to save money. Well, Fikri Hakim was surprised at my determination in performing this endeavour. Thankfully, I can change from a posh socialite wannabe to a traveler on survival mode. Yeap, I would dehydrate and starve myself but not to an extreme level of course (I know the signs of dehydration). It's a way for me to teach myself to be tougher I guess, haha.

Salzburg, Austria
20-22 Feb 2012


For this trip, I acclaimed Salzburg as my favourite place. I actually said to Fikri that I'd be happy to go back home after visiting this place without going to the 3rd country.

So, why do I like this country the most out of the 3? Probably because of the majestic natural beauty blessed by The Almighty~

Day 3 - Mon, 20 Feb 2012

Okay, about the hotels. You have 2 choices; 

A. Stay at a hotel far from the city centre and pay for the bus rides
B. Stay at a hotel at the city and you don't really need bus rides unless you're leaving for the airport or train

We went for A. Maybe because it's cheaper? Well, Fikri Hakim was the one who bought it. You might want to consider the pros and cons of choosing your accommodation when you go to Salzburg.

Train ticket Prague-Salzburg

Oh right, from Prague to Salzburg, the cost of the train tickets is € 52.00. Not a good idea. So, buy earlier online rather than buying them on the spot.

Now for the bus rides in Salzburg, a single ticket costs € 2.10 whereas a one day ticket costs € 4.20. But if you're staying in the hotels in the city centre, you don't really need bus rides unless you're having problems walking.

As usual, it's only validated when you stamp it on the machine just like in Prague. We bought this one since our hotel is far from the city.


 I think this shirt is witty

 It may be ugly but the buses in Salzburg are environmental. So, I like it!

 My favourite restaurant since it's purely seafood, haha.

Fish baguette at € 2.99. This is basically my lunch and dinner for a few times.


This is the best hot chocolate I've tasted out of all the places I've been to in my Halfway Breakaway.


Day 4 - Tue, 21 Feb 2012


When you talked about Salzburg to other people, what would usually popped into their heads?


It's usually the movie; The Sound of Music. Yeap, we went on The Sound of Music tour. Even if you've never heard of the movie, you can always go on this trip to look at the stunning views of this wonderful place in Austria. Me, Fikri Hakim along with travelers from the USA got into this minibus and we went to various locations which looked so cool and breathtaking. Lawa giler!! And it's not even spring yet.


 This is the first photo of us together, haha

 This is the tour guide


 This is currently my cover photo on FB

 Apple strudel!

 If you want to get a good view of the city from above, find this lift to the Modern Museum

The price for one way is € 2.00

 We only bought one way since we want to go down the hill afterwards. This is the interior of the building with the secret lift.

 Find this place on top and stand directly in front of it with the exact perspective shown in the picture

Turn around and this is the view that you're looking for, subhanallah

 And this is the route that we took to go down the hill

 Another place that you could go and see the city from a good view is probably to go to Hotel Stein and go to the rooftop at night. We went in daylight and it was okay. I prefer the one from the hill.

 You can then exchange your The Sound of Music Tour ticket to get a ticket to enter Panorama Museum

Panorama Museum, Salzburg

This is the company that arranged our tour, Salzburg Panorama Tours. They actually have more tours like Salt-Mine Tour and Eagle's Nest (some of these tours are only available during summer).

 Paella! A Spanish delicacy in an Austrian city.

 Mozart's birthplace is just next to Nordsee. I bet he likes fish as a child.

And I finally get to taste Jumbo shrimps. It's quite costly and this is the one from Nordsee.

If you love sending postcards to people in Malaysia, the price is € 1.70 (the most expensive of the 3 countries). Lastly, you might want to have a look at Salzburg Card. You can get a free round-trip ticket on the cable car with the card but only get it if you want to go to a lot of places.

So, that's Salzburg for you! Salzburg is probably one of the places that I'd like to go again. I just realized that no matter where I go, it's usually the natural beauty that catches my eye and Salzburg is full of it. 

"And how many signs in the heavens and the earth do they pass by? Yet they turn (their faces) away from them!"
(Yusuf, 12:105)

That shows how impressive is the grandeur of Allah compared to men's creations...

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  1. wahhh. Subhanallah. bestnya.. cantiknya.

    nb. Thanks for sharing about your journey.

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  2. those fish baguettes make me hungry.. :p

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  3. i know, it makes me hungry too at times. haha

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  4. The Sound of Music is probably one of my favourite movies of all time :) Would be lovely to get a chance to go there.. Lovely view!

    ps/ and i got a postcard from there! :)

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  5. yeah, Salzburg is truly a breathtaking place :)

    p/s: really? wow, cool!

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  6. cantiknya pemandangan Masya ALLAH :)

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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

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!!