Student Visa sa UK Noon at Ngayon-How it is different then and now

Aimee Bunayog
is a healthcare assistant in United Kingdom

Student Visa sa UK Noon at Ngayon

We need to know and express our own stories. Difficulties arise not because we have a story, perhaps a very sad or painful story, but because we become attached to our stories and make them an essential part of our very selves. We are unsure what to say, how to act, what to do. In our fast-paced, efficiency-focused society, people often do not recognize the benefit of telling or listening to the story. Learning is a discovery process. Ang STUDENT VISA and pinaka uso na visa sa ngayon. Halos lahat ng mga bansa ngayon lalo na sa Europe ay may programa para sa student visa. Ito rin ang naging daan ko para makalipat sa United Kingdom from Israel. Hindi gaanong strikto noon ang pagkuha ng student visa papuntang UK. Madali lang ang pagproseso noon hindi kagaya ngayon ang dami ng hinihinging requirements ng Home Office (UK Immigration). Noon kasi konti lang ang gumugamit sa visang ito yung tipong totoong mga studyante talaga na may kayang mag-aral sa England. Ngayon kasi ginagawa itong isang hakbang upang makapasok sa England para makapagtrabaho. Ika nga naging scape goat nalang ang paggamit ng Student Visa.

2006 nang mag-apply ako ng student visa sa Israel sa isang agency. Isang buwan lang akong naghintay since inumpisahan ko ang pag-apply sa agency. Kung dati enroll ka lang sa isang centre or school sa UK ng isang sandwich course pwede na. Ngayon kailangan sa kilalang educational provider o Tier 4 Sponsor na may special permit or registered ng Home Office and pwede kang mag-enroll. At kung dati deretso ka lng na mag-enroll kung may pera ka ngayon kailangan mo pang hintayin kung may available slot para sayo sa Uni ( tawag nila sa University) o education provider na available ang course na gusto mo. Pagtinanggap ka ng education provider bibigyan ka nila ng offer letter. Ito ang magiging basihan mo ng pag-apply ng student visa dahil may course offer ka from a UK education provider. Ang CAS (The Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) ang tawag sa letter or certificate na ito.

Noon sandwich course ang tawag nila sa any course na gusto mong kunin. Ito ay 6 months hanggang 2 yrs ang duration ng course. Ngayon may specific course title na at hindi bababa sa 2 years ang duration ng course. For example, sakin ang inaplay ko was a National Vocational Qualification in Health and Social Care for Adult 2 and 3 respectively (NVQ 2&3 in Health and Social Care(Adult)). Kaya nabigyan ako ng 2 years and 3 months na visa. Ngayon wala ng sandwich course. At wala narin ang mga centres na parang kabuti na umusbong ng umuso ang student visa sa UK. Dahil marami sa kanila ang illegal at mga opportunista minabuti ng UK government na pagbawalan sila at higpitan ang requirements. Ang mga registered education provider lang sa Home Office ang pwedeng tumanggap ng mga studyante na outside from the EU at isa na ang mga pinoy doon.

Sa sponsorship din. Dati kaibigan kung matalik na 5 years na sa UK at work permit holder ang naging sponsor ko. Sponsor letter galing sa kaibigan ko, bank statements nya na may 5,000 pounds at letter from her bank na nagpapatunay na sa kanya ang account na iyon at iyon talaga ang cash nya ang required lang ng Home Office noon. Ngayon show money or MAINTENANCE FUNDS sa Home Office ang kailangan which is from your parents or relative mo. At ang pera kailangan the higher amount the better. Sa ngayon P600,000,000 to 1M and show money. Kasi kailangan mong maipakita sa UK government na you can sustain your studies without recourse to any public funds. UK government has it’s own computation how they qualify such person regarding to funds.

Noon ang local requirements na kailangan ay ang diploma, TOR at certificates lang. Ngayon sa local requirements palang dehado ka na. May IELts na hindi bababa sa 7 overall if adaptation for overseas nurses ang course mo or PhD. Not below 5 overall naman if ibang course ang gusto mo. Required na ang English skills ngayon. Kasi maraming pumupunta sa UK na hindi marunong mag-English.

Ang sa UK government kasi kailangan mo matutunan ang language nila dahil para saiyo rin yun. To survive and to communicate. Tayo mga pinoy hindi naman mahirap satin ang English . Kahit nga bata pa tayo marunong na tayo ng English. Ika nga kailangan lang natin idevelop at enhance it into a British English kasi iba rin ang English nila.

Para sakin mas okay parin mag-apply ng student visa sa UK. Kasi UK has good quality of education at kilala ang mga universities nito around the world. Di ba being able to study in UK adds up excitement in your resume. Kung baga pang pogi points din. Advice ko lang doon sa gustong mag-apply o hangad na mag-aral sa UK siguraduhin nyo lang sana na valid yung mga documents mo. Bahala na po na madecline dahil kulang show money mo kesa madecline ka dahil peke (fake) documents mo. Blacklisted ka deretso pagnagkaganun. Pag-aralan mo mabuti at do some research on the internet. Make preparations and planning. Mas mabuti yung handa ka at planado ang movements mo kesa diretso ka na walang kamuwang muwang kung ano ginagawa mo. Mahalaga po ang perang gagastunin nyo. At pinaghirapan nyo yan at ng mga magulang nyo. Sana hindi maaksaya sa wala lang.

We all have our stories and want to share them. Listening to stories of loss is difficult. It requires taking time to slow down and acknowledge the painful emotions. How does telling our stories benefit us? We need to know and express our own stories. Difficulties arise not because we have a story, perhaps a very sad or painful story, but because we become attached to our stories and make them an essential part of our very selves. We are unsure what to say, how to act, what to do. In our fast-paced, efficiency-focused society, people often do not recognize the benefit of telling or listening to the story. Learning is a discovery process. Experiences alone do not equate to learning. Learning involves paying attention to circumstances. Reading stories aloud to children provide a strong, positive influence and build a foundation for a lifetime of significant benefits. It develops creativity and a child's ability to use their own imagination. The more they listen, the greater the likelihood that they will learn new vocabulary words. Vocabulary, comprehension, and oral language skills develop as children listen to those around them, and these skills are the basis of reading and other literacy skills. Stories connect the past and present to the future. Telling our stories is not an end in itself, but an attempt to release ourselves from them, to evolve and grow beyond them. We tell our stories to transform ourselves, to learn about our history and tell our experiences to transcend them; to use our stories to make a difference in our world; to broaden our perspective to see further than normal; to act beyond a story that may have imprisoned or enslaved us; to live more of our spiritual and earthly potential. Studies suggest that people accept ideas more readily when their minds are in story mode as opposed to when they are in an analytical mind-set. Stories also help us connect with our audiences.

Plenty of examples already show that knowledge sharing is a crucial part of development co-operation. Documented experience highlights the importance of developing a knowledge sharing mechanism to foster such exchanges. The practice of sharing should be heard in every discussion about education. Only in doing so will we learn, and then, perhaps, will have fulfilled our purpose as teachers.

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Aimee Bunayog

Profession: healthcare assistant
United Kingdom , london , london


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