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

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

i won't give up

It's almost half a year since I left the dreaded place I called medschool. Back then, I have to agree with my friend who said "Diorang cakap je "You can always come to us if you have any problems" but in the end, diorang bukannya kisah pon". Which was true. Sometimes, I fell that I was not adequately supported but alhamdulillah, we all survived in the end.

I began watching Masterchef regularly when I failed for the first time in Medschool. The show was really inspirational. The struggle that the contestants faced somehow resonate with my own experience as a medical student. And seeing these contestants fight back on every challenge made me want to make a comeback as well for every time I get knocked down.

These contestants get a lot of crazy challenges being thrown at them. These include:

 The world map of food
(source: click here)

The macaron tower
(source: click here)

The lolly bag cake
(Source: click here)

The heaven and hell mystery boxes
(Source: click here)

Although you can't actually cook in any of the OSCEs in medschool, that's how I see myself in exams - like facing Masterchef elimination challenges.

"This competition is an opportunity to show the world, that when you get down, you get back up"
Masterchef Australia, Season 5

So when I failed, I kept wanting to prove to those who failed me and others that I won't give up. I want to show people that these failures did not crush me. Sure, they made me upset and stressed out but I was not going down without a fight. And I hope that if I can show to others that I fought back..when they were to face their own hardships later on, I do hope that they will make a comeback.

And I shall end my post with this video by TED-Ed...

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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


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!!