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

Thursday, December 26, 2013

don't stop

It's easy to lose focus..and it's easy to give up.

But what you need is to remind yourself of the small wins that you're experiencing as you're making your way to your final challenge. It's more of like asking yourself to count your blessings. So you know you have things that keep you going.

These are my new running shoes which I will use once I go back to Malaysia in April. I don't know why I put the pics here but I love the colours haha. And no, I didn't go out today on Boxing Day but instead I stayed at home reading about haemorrhoids. Seriously.

Take me for example, here are some of my small wins:
  • I survived May!
  • I got 100% for my audit project and I'm a nominee for a prize (^^,)
  • I only have 6 MACCS left to be done. MACCS is Mandatory Assessment of Core Clinical Skills which everyone needs to complete before facing the finals.
  • I'm in QMC till #FebFinals
  • I am now a member of an OSCE group which is actively practising on a weekly basis. OSCE stands for Objective Structured Clinical Examination and it's technically the practical/skills part of the exam. I faced this since my first year and so did every other medical students.
  • I managed to answer all of the questions for my SJT exam. It stands for Situational Judgement Test and it's the 50% that determines my ranking compared against everyone who's hoping to get a job next year in the UK.
  • I did quite okay during the Patient Workshop (it basically means mock test)
  • I'm still determined and I will have my revenge ;P
A lot of good things are happening around you. So stop for a while and appreciate them. Make them count. These morale boosters e.g. like a friend coming over to your house (I failed to persuade my bestfriend to come and study with me :P) or having a turkey for dinner with friends or just being able to spend time with your mum, family, friends or cute little children; they're the ones that should make you feel motivated and help you to persevere in keeping your eye on the prize.

Impossible is nothing
I can assure you Adidas did not pay me for publicity

"So glorify the Praises of your Lord, and ask for His Forgiveness. Verily, He is the One Who accepts the repentance and forgives"
(An-Nasr, 110:3)

As for me, I'm aiming to go home in April...

3 reviews:

  1. all the best!... less than 50 days remaining right?

  2. do you plan to work in UK after graduating?

  3. to herie,

    yup! thank you!! :)

    to Anonymous,

    yeap, iA



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!!