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, February 23, 2013

true

Yesterday was the last day of my Dermatology attachment..which means the last day for me to wear my coolest ID badge. I have a lot of ID badges as a medical student (in order of receipt):

my university card
- QMC (Queen's Medical Centre, my medical school)
- NHS Smart Card
- NCH (Nottingham City Hospital)
- RDH (Royal Derby Hospital)


Yet, this one from Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre is my favourite of them all. In the end, I have to return it back to Security.


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In our life, we will go through various phases of life where we will be developing our personality and acquiring new traits. Some of these characteristics can be very likable, fond of and even jealous of. On the other hand, some of them can be quite unpopular, rude and even might drive people away from you.

What I want to say is, no matter what personality you eventually decided to settle with, try to remember that it's Allah that you want to please ultimately. Keep the good features that you have and scrape the negative ones as quickly as you can. Because in the end, we will return to Him..

Before I go, as you can see, I've changed my blog design and of course, my blog name as well - Silver Linings Rebellion. It sounds kinda cool. I mean, if I were to start a political party, I think I would give this name to it. Yeah, right. I'll talk more about it in the next post. Till then, stay true to who you are...

Monday, February 18, 2013

hold it against me

Whenever I commit a fault during my driving lessons, my instructor would say "I would hold it against you for.. (insert the fault here)". It was his favourite sentence!

You see, when I drive around in a manual car, I still suffer from palpitations even though I have been learning to drive in the UK since September last year. Because driving is a skill and after so many years of not driving a manual car, the skill somehow starts to diminish. And it has been quite difficult for me to become acquainted in using the invention called "the clutch". 

Skills. Believe it or not, an average person is a master of multiple skills. What differs one individual from another is the level of competency. Let's look at some of my skills:

1. Communication skills

I'd say I have good communication skills. That's the reason why I got high marks for this module in the first 2 years. Even during my OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), the examiners would give good comments regarding my history-taking skills. But even though it's good, I still failed the exam last year because it's not assessing my skills but rather my knowledge which makes me think that they should have called it another KNOWLEDGE exam instead of skills. Never mind, this is my rebellion against my medical school.

So some people would think that I'm an extrovert rather than an introvert in social gatherings when I'm consciously using this skill. Yet most of the time, my personality overpower my competency and thus, me being me - a happy and quiet introvert.

2. Language skills

I've always thought I have good English. This notion was proven wrong when I began my CP1 (Clinical Phase 1) in my 3rd Year. I've talked about this in my previous university blog. I guess I haven't really embraced the social linguistics of the English culture. The key is practice. It would be such a shame if I don't get to improve my English after been given the opportunity to study here since 2009.

3. DF skills

DF is dakwah fardiyah. Google this to find out more ;)

It should actually come natural to me to do this particular skill cause it's supposed to be my forte. But probably because I have been distracted with so many challenges (ie exams and failures!!!), I probably have overlooked the need to practice this skill. Have I given up? No not really. I think it's because I lack motivation. Shame on me! I love making people's days. This is my cup of tea really.

Conclusion

You know yourself better; you know the skills that you have. The 3 things that you need to bear in mind are - practice, motivation and perseverance. 

Just realised that this conclusion relates to my ultimate challenge in May. Heh.

It's hard to wake up every morning thinking about what would happen in May. On the bright side, every now and then, Allah sends me a silver lining to keep me going. And today, I received one of the best silver linings I could ever wished for during this difficult period, alhamdulillah :)

Every cloud has a silver lining. All you need is the willingness to search for yours...

revolutionists

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!!