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

Monday, May 19, 2014

the only exception

So now you know why I was so stressful in the weeks leading up to the resits. In addition to the thought about repeating the whole of Final Year, I also have an additional worry in mind..

via FB

As always, no matter how good our plan is, Allah's plans are the best. Everything went according to the original plan apart from my failures in #FebFinals. The things which happened perfectly include:

1. Sarah passing her Finals

Passing Finals is crazily difficult. Since there are two Final Year Medics involved, the probability of both passing is defo lower. Alhamdulillah, Sarah passed hers on her first attempt.

2. Foundation Year Placement

My ranking of where I want to work

After graduation, medical students trained in the UK have the opportunity to work anywhere that they wish to apply. Me & Sarah linked our application back in October 2013. We put North Western as our first choice. Alhamdulillah, we got it. Then, we had to rank the hospitals and we chose Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and alhamdulillah, we got it as well. Throughout the time of ranking and revelation, I was worried that:

a. Either of us not getting a job
b. Link becomes unbroken (because there's always that possibility) and both of us ended up in different places 

But alhamdulillah, we got everything that we wished for.

3. Me passing 4th Year

Because the result was only revealed in January 2014 and if I failed (alhamdulillah I didn't), I lose my elective period and therefore, all the preparation I needed for my wedding.

Source: click here

THE ONLY EXCEPTION was me. I was the only uncertainty left in this story. 

Fail again or pass epically. 
Repeat the year or graduate.
Remain as a medical student or become a doctor.

Because if I were to fail, I had to repeat the year and the start of Final Year clashes with the wedding dates :O Scary ok, but alhamdulillah..I didn't have to go through that.

It was an unforgettable experience and alhamdulillah, it's all over now...

4 reviews:

  1. Salam Adlan. This is Nurul Iman.
    Congrats for the wedding. Be strong coz things arent always as planned. Had 3 fails of my actuarial exam which had been taken part time. All the best for both u and Sarah. Tell her I miss her.

  2. adlan! afifah here. the thing that surprised me most in this post is the fact that u've been engaged (or sort of) to sarah since oct last year!!! way to keep a secret u two. hehe.. anyhow congratz for the coming wedding and for ur exams! u deserve everything that u've achieved but of coz ultimately it is His graciousness we are where we are. all d very best u two!

  3. Alhamdulillah. Congratulations! Happy for you and Sarah (must recall who this person is..). The fact that I read your blog (which is quite often) makes me a bit surprised that I didn't see this piece of wonderful news anywhere being mentioned until now haha. Hosni texted me yesterday to tell me the good news :D Happy news indeed.. Best wishes and may all things go as planned. My salam to the lucky girl :)

  4. to Nurul Iman,

    thanks iman! All the best with you endeavours as well. I'll deliver the message iA

    to Afifah,

    haha, it was actually in November but the application's deadline was in Oct so we had to create the link at that time. very well said, it is His graciousness that we are who we are today. thanks again!

    to Sher,

    Hahaha, i know teacher. i kept it as a secret for quite some time hehe. Hosni can be so excitable -_-" Thanks teacher. Hopefully, when I see you in June, all the things that I needed to do have been sorted iA. I'll deliver your salam to her ;)



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!!