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, July 15, 2012

enchanted

By publishing this post, I can finally focus on some other things in my life..like seriously.

It's time to end the chapter of my Halfway Breakaway by closing it with this entry about my trip in my 3rd destination country - Germany.


Munich & Schwangau, Germany
22-24 Feb 2012

As I've mentioned in a previous post, I was ready to go back home after Austria as I really had a great time in Salzburg. But it's the probably the only overseas holiday I have till I don't know..winter?

Right, before I forget to mention, when I was travelling by train to Austria or Germany, local authorities wearing regular clothing came to me & Fikri and asked us to hand in our passport for inspection. I guess this is their way of maintaining border control. Quite casual really and I like casual.

Day 5 - Wed, 22 Feb 2012

We departed from Salzburg quite early in the morning but it only took about 1.5 hours by train.

The e-ticket in a language that I don't even understand. 
Yeah, you should buy it online and it's cheaper per person if you buy 2 tickets on one purchase rather than 2 separate tickets. Just go to Google and translate when you want to get your tickets. Works for me.

How to get around? Just go to the Tourist Centre and get the cheapest deal on the best available ticket. As for us, we went for the City Tour Card - 3 Day Partner Ticket inner district worth € 29.90. This ticket also gives you discounts on various tourist spots. N.B. If you're a student, you can pretty much get the same discount on a range of tourist attractions with your student card. 




Next, get a map of the tram network. If you're a true traveler, you'd have no problem figuring it out. If you're not, better hope that the locals like to help you.

So, our first stop was BMW Museum. We wanted to go to the factory but unfortunately, it was fully-booked till Friday (last day). Well, I'm not bothered. As I've said before, I'm ready to go back home after Austria. 











Day 6 - Thu, 23 Feb 2012

On this day, we went to Allianz Arena and went on the tour. I know, sangat tipikal. 

 Allianz Arena at night

 The three colours of Allianz Arena




The Megastore at Allianz Arena

Later, we wandered around the city of Munich.



 If you're in Munich and you're a milkshake fan, make sure you try this brand. Really one of my favs! And banana is still my favourite.

 Schnitzel Burger. It's halal and the restaurant is near to the train station. The reason why I wanted to try it was because it was featured on The Amazing Race -_-"

And hot chocolate of course since I have passion in food. 
Sangat sedap walaupun muka akak yang buat air ni garang.

Day 7 - Fri, 24 Feb 2012

On the final day of our holiday, we decided to take a train ride to Schloss Neuschwanstein in Schwangau. It's a castle which was built according to the wishes of King Ludwig II. This castle is also the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle and featured twice on The Amazing Race. This was probably the only day in Germany where I became slightly excited.




And then, we flew back home arriving at Manchester airport in the middle of the night. I planned to proceed to Zilal before heading off to Liverpool the next day for the Medical Careers Conference (in which I became a centre of attention). I know, really need to keep a low profile from now on. Yeah, right.

Anyway, when I arrived in Manchester, I began searching through the houses for Zilal. I sort of forgotten which one it was, lol. I called all 4 of them but none picked up their phones and I began to think...hmm, they're probably having an extended meeting O_o. So, I began thinking about what to do - like go to the streets and beg for some money like I was on The Amazing Race just for fun or go to Moonlight and devour the desserts till I get diabetes or go to Jazeera and add a few inches to my waistline. In the end, I decided to search for the correct house on my own. A few minutes later, I got a call and alhamdulillah, they were home :D

When I reached the house, I saw all 4 of them in my frame of vision - Rahim (Bat), King, Alif and Capek; all of their faces beaming with joy! I'm like, wow..I should really treat my guests better, haha. They were soooo happy to see me. Imagine a group of children waiting for their parents to come home after work. Yeap, that's exactly how I think they looked at me. Yeah, I'm happy to see them too~

As for Fikri Hakim, well he went back to Liverpool since he had something urgent to attend to. And I just want to thank you for doing all the worrying and planning for our Halfway Breakaway. I wasn't even stressed at all. All I did was being happy-go-lucky and untroubled by any problems we encountered throughout the journey. You on the other hand, looked like you're about to get a heart attack, lol. So yeah, you helped me feel at ease before I entered a period of stress - The Clinical Phase up until my graduation in 2014. Hence, sorry and thank you.

That's all for me to say, and I need to read something on Obs and Gynae...

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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!!