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, September 22, 2013

express yourself

A few days ago, we had a station where we had to deliver a bad news to a patient's daughter. It was difficult, I didn't know what to talk about. All I can think about was trying to be myself - empathetic and concerned. At the end of the session, the actor slapped me on my knee jokingly & said, "Stop smiling" :) 

Taken from shoujonotes

I was surprised with the comment because I was aware throughout the consultation that I put up my poker face. She said I did really well, that I was the only student in her station who did something which highlights my empathy. I shall not tell you what I did though :P

Who knew that my smile could actually be one of my hindrances in the medical world?

This event led to me showing Syakir my various faces whilst on the hopper bus to Derby the other day and asking him if it's good enough for the exams. Lol.

The conclusion; I shall use my sad face during the breaking bad news station if it ever were to come up in Feb next year. Since my neutral face is a smiley face, I guess I have to put in some emotions; maybe recollections of sad events in my life like when everyone left me in the past few months which I shall enliven in my mind so the facial expression will look natural. I guess all those drama practices that I had back in MRSM TGB would be really useful for my Final Exam in 2014. Awesomeness! 

In addition, on the same day, I met an old lady at the bus stop on my way to Derby before I had the session on breaking bad news. She didn't smile at all. No, seriously..her face was so "ketat" and she looked at me with sharp evil eyes. I can get very uneasy when I meet people who just don't smile. I feel bad for her because she was unable to smile. I mean.. can you imagine people who just couldn't smile? Kesian kan? Imagine all the people that they manage to scare with their neutral faces. At least my neutral face is the smiley one. I guess that's why people kept saying that I never stop smiling even though I actually do.

And to everyone else, smile to the people around you. It's not that hard. You make other people happy just by smiling. And I just love when my housemates are smiling at me when I get back home after a long (sometimes dull) day in the hospital...

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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!!