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

Saturday, March 16, 2013

if i die young

Today, I received a grave news regarding an akh which I have known since my 1st year in the UK. Although he was born in the same year as I was, he's always been so cool, so knowledgeable and so inspiring.

I remembered the times during various conferences in which I found myself observing him from a distance with other ikhwah from London. It has become a trait of mine to be an audience of "Drama Kehidupan" - a trait which I learned from my first naqib. 

Anyway, there was one daurah in Malaysia when there weren't any seniors from London but him to look after the younglings of the same locality (I was a youngling too at that time). He was just so calm and dependable. All of these Londoners seemed to look up to him. Me on the other hand, was wishing that I have someone like him from Nottingham because I kept finding myself alone without someone to look after me and I do sometimes wish that I was studying in London instead of Nottingham. It was just a few moments later when he came towards me personally to check if I was okay. 


He has always been one of the people that I look up to. I know, I'm not that close to him but these few momentary events involving him were meaningful enough for them to be enlivened in my mind. It's probably because we were united under the same cause.

His death made me cognizant of all the silly things I did in my life. It reminded me that I still have time to right my wrongs..that I still have time to act, to actually contribute.

Life is too short to worry about petty things. It's usually when someone else's is over that you realize how trivial your issue was.

Dear Muhd Nur Iman Shafiq Abd Rahman, you always have and always will be an inspiration to everyone you have touched in your life especially to those in this road less traveled by. May your life and death be an ibrah to us..and I pray that you will be in Allah's blessings~

p.s. Still remember the time when you woke me up for Subuh during a daurah by calling me, "Wafi". Your tone of voice filled with care and concern; reminded me that I too have someone who looks after me...


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!!