My UK application timeline.


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Hi guys!

How are you all doing? I’ve been getting good questions lately regarding my UK application experience, so, I figured I should share my application timeline:

April 12, 2017 – I left Saudi Arabia. Before leaving the country for good, I was already determined to go to the UK. I have emailed several agencies in the Philippines and I asked what are the requirements. I made sure that I have the following documents before I left KSA: Certificate of Good Standing, Police Clearance, Letter of Recommendations, and Certificate of No Objection.

May 1, 2017 – Invited for an interview with the King’s College Hospital recruitment team at Omanfil Manpower Agency in Manila. We had a calculation exam the previous day and I passed the interview on the first of May. FYI: At the time, you can only secure an interview if you have taken the UKVI/IELTS exam or you’re already booked to take the exam. I had to book my exam as soon as possible to be interviewed, haha.

May 6, 2017 – I took the UKVI exam. 13 days later, the result came out and I passed! I immediately signed up at the NMC website to book my CBT.

June 6, 2017 – I took the CBT exam in Makati and got the result in the afternoon. I luckily passed.

July 6, 2017 – It took me a while to complete all the documents needed so that I could move on to the next step in the portal. College docs, PRC docs, medical exam, my bar coded forms for my references had to be sent in Riyadh… I’m lucky I was able to finish it all in a month’s time. All my documents were received and I finally entered the queue on the 6th of July.

August 30, 2017 – I got a feedback and was asked to resubmit a document. Apparently I needed a letter of declaration from the translator. Since, I already know that I wont get it from the translator I paid in Saudi Arabia. I had to go to the National Center for Muslim Filipinos to translate my documents all over again. I paid extra cash for a declaration letter. They bled me dry guys. I had to pay though, otherwise my application will be delayed.

August 31, 2017 – I re-uploaded the scanned documents in the portal.

September 6, 2017 – I finally got a decision letter from the NMC! Yay!!!

September 8, 2017 – I had an early PDOS because I had to go for a two week vacation in La Union. Having fun while waiting for the Certificate of Sponsorship.

October 4, 2017 – COS arrived! *happy dance*

October 11, 2017 – Visa Appointment!

October 12, 2017 – Re-medical, apparently the medical exam is only valid for 3 mos… I am already broke…jk.

October 30, 2017 – PDOS 2!!! Refund guys, I got a refund for my UKVI and IOM. They gave us our tickets as well. Exciting!

November 2, 2017 – Flight to London! Yay!

November 6, 2017 – Induction at King’s College Hospital.

November 13, 2017 – My first day at Surgical Assessment Unit.

January 23, 2018 – OSCE day at the Northampton University

January 25, 2018 – OSCE passer! *cue tears of joy* I then paid my registration fee.

January 26, 2018 – UKRN! Finally got my pin from the NMC.

The entire application is not easy. It will take time, effort and a lot of money too. Don’t be discouraged though, if you really want to go to the UK, I’m sure you can endure and surpass all of this hurdles too! The process may be longer or shorter for others, it really varies. So, if you feel like sharing your UK application timeline…share away! Post it in the comment section.

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Have a great day ahead!


NMC application requirements and personal updates…

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Happy weekend everyone! It’s a sunny morning here in London today, hopefully it will be sunny the whole day. It’s still freaking cold though.

Just an update, after passing my OSCE, I took another exam as a requirement in the trust at King’s College Hospital for me to be able to give medications to my patients. It is called the Drug Assessment Programme aka DAP. You have to get level 1 on that, meaning 100% on calculations and at least an 80% in theories. If you passed OSCE, you can pass DAP. Just make sure that you study as hard as you did for OSCE, haha, not really. There will be review sessions. I’m pretty sure that other trusts have the same exams, but it shouldn’t worry you that much. It’s not as scary as the OSCE’s.

But, I digress. I mean to post some information regarding the documents overseas nurses needed to submit to the NMC. Here it goes…

As most of you know, I am an ex-Saudi nurse and I worked there from October 2011 to April 2017. So, the requirements needed to complete my registration to the NMC are different to those who practiced in the Philippines. Here are the requirements I submitted to the NMC.

1. UKVI/IELTS certificate

2. Birth Certificate

3. PRC Board Certificate

4. NBI

5. Saudi Council For Health Specialties (SCFHS) registration certificate. It must be translated in English. I had it translated at NCMF (National Commission of Muslim Filipino) in Commonwealth Ave, QC.

6. Saudi Police Clearance. It will be only valid for 3 months from the date the certificate was issued. It should also be translated to English.

7. Translator’s declaration letter – you need to pay an extra fee at NCMF to get one. It’s needed though, this letter will certify that the translation is legit and accurate.

8. Good Standing Certificate from SCFHS. It’s in English and need not to be translated. It can be acquired online. You can check my previous posts regarding Good Standing certificate.

9. Barcoded Forms:

  • College
  • 2 Employment References
  • Medical Certificate

Those are the only things I can remember on top of my head. I’ll add more if I remember the others.

If you have questions, just leave a comment. I’ll try to answer them as soon as I can.

Have a great day ahead y’all!


KSA Files: SCFHS Certificate of Good Standing


Hi everyone! I just got back from a week-long vacation and I’m stuck at home today because I’m sick. Anyway, I want to be productive today so, I will be writing about how to get a SCFHS Certificate of Good Standing.

If you are going to apply for a job overseas, whether its a GCC country or somewhere else, it is likely that they will ask a copy of your Certificate of Good Standing. So here’s how you get one:

First, go to the SCFHS website. Then, click e-services.

Next, click Additional e-services list.

Then, click Registration.

A list will appear, just click on Request a certificate of good standing.

Then, fill out all the information the system asks. First, it will ask for your registration number. This is the number that appears in your registration certificate and ID. Example: 11RN1234567 Make sure you type it without spaces or hyphen.

Click next. The system will ask for your e-mail address and mobile number. Make sure you write the correct e-mail address because once paid, the SCFHS will send your Certificate of Good Standing on your e-mail address.

After typing your email address, and valid KSA mobile number, click Next. On the new page, there will be a drop down box, Select Good Standing and then choose Add Service. Click Next. On the next page, click Confirm.

Upon confirmation, the invoice will appear on the screen. You may or may not print it, it’s really up to you. However, you NEED to keep the Account Number. You will need it to pay for the certificate. You can pay it on any ATM that accepts SADAD payments. The cost of the SCFHS Certificate of Good Standing is 300.00 SR. I paid via NCB, it’s actually very easy. On the ATM, choose SADAD payments, then look for SCFHS payments (there are a lot of government agencies and we hit the next button plenty of times, make sure you keep your eyes glued to the monitor). Lastly, the machine will ask for the Account Number.

Once paid, you will receive your Certificate of Good Standing within 24 hrs. It will be in PDF form and will be sent to you via email. The certificate is electronically generated and is already in English. No need for English translations unlike the Saudi Police Clearance and the SCFHS Registration Certificate. *More info about this papers on the next blog post*

If you find any incorrect information on your certificate you can contact the SCFHS and they can investigate the problem for you. They will fix the inaccuracies and send you an updated certificate. you can contact them on the following channels:

Call center: 920019393

E-mail: care@scfhs.org

Hope this helps!


Attention: Nurses who wants to work in Saudi Arabia


This is posted today at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties Facebook Page.

For all Nurses:

Saudi Commission for Health Specialties in partnership with Pearson Vue announcing for the increased question-examination items from 100 to 150 items in 3 -hour period.
Result of the examination will be released after 3 days which will be determined using the range percentile scores.

These photos are also posted on the said page which shows the new format of the Prometric Test Result for SCFHS.

prometric pass or fail

Photo Credits: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties

prometric new scoresheet

Photo Credits: Saudi Commission for Health Specialties

What’s the difference from the old SCFHS Prometric test? Well, I took my Prometric test in September 2011 and since then I haven’t noticed the changes that occurred while I was working in Saudi. Anyway, in 2011 the number of items in the exam was 70 and you can get the result as soon as you finished the test (You can finish the test in an hour or so). The print out will say if you passed or failed. The exam fee in 2011 was $90. Today, I checked the Pearson Vue site for the SCFHS certification Testing and it says that starting from July 1, 2017, all SCFHS exam fees will be adjusted. I don’t know for sure how much it is but if you are interested in taking the exam, you can contact Pearson Vue here.

Another thing I noticed from the Pearson Vue site is this:

Kindly note that healthcare professionals will first have to apply to Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. You will be able to sit for the exam once credentialing has been done and approved.

Before, you can easily book and pay the exam yourself online without needing any permission from any regulating body or organization. As of this month, prior to booking the exam, a permission to take the test must be acquired from the SCFHS. I think, this “approval” will be automatically sent to Pearson Vue and the applicant will be notified via email that he is given the permission to take the test. Once notified, the applicant can create an account on Pearson Vue to book and pay for the Prometric exam. I could be wrong though. So, if you have questions about the process, it’s best to contact the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.

There you go. If you are reading this because you are going to take the Prometric exam soon, good luck and thank you for dropping by!

Leaving KSA? End of Contract Letter, Exit Letter and a No Objection Certificate Sample.



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Happy Sunday everyone! How are you doing? I woke up early today, as usual. A friend of mine asked me to write a No Objection Certificate for her because she is planning to leave Saudi Arabia soon. Previously, she also asked me to help her regarding her Exit Letter. Usually, when a contract in the country (KSA) ends and the employee no longer want to continue working for the same company, an employee is required to write an End of Contract Letter. It should be given to your employer atleast two months before your contract ends. However, if you want to leave the country before your contract ends, an exit letter may be required. Depending on your contract, fees may or may not be collected when an employee ends the working relationship.

Here is an example of a End of Contract Letter:

Date: ___________


Address Line 1

Address Line 2

Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia


To whom it may concern;

I am writing this correspondence in order to inform you of my decision to not renew my contract as a (your job title) from (your employer/company name). My final working day will be on (Month/Day/Year).

Working at (your employer/company name) has been both a rewarding and satisfying experience. I wish the best of luck and success to you and my fellow employees.

Yours respectfully,

(Your Name)


Here is an example of an Exit Letter:

Date: ___________


Address Line 1

Address Line 2

Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia


To whom it may concern;

I am writing this correspondence in order to notify you of my decision to end my contract as a (your job title) from (your employer/company name). I will not elaborate my reason for coming up with this decision but know that it is purely due to family matters.

Working at (your employer/company name) has been both a rewarding and satisfying experience. I wish the best of luck and success to you and my fellow employees.

Yours respectfully,

(Your Name)

A No Objection Certificate is a letter that most recruitment agencies today will ask an ex-Saudi applicant. This will act as a certificate of good standing for non-professionals. It will show that the company you worked for was satisfied with your performance and that they don’t have any complaints or legal issues against you.

In some companies, you will only need to request a COE and NOC from them and they will do it for you. However, in smaller companies, it is the employee who writes them and the manager will sign it for you. For an NOC to be valid, it should also be stamped and verified at the Chamber of Commerce for 25 SAR.

Here is an example of a No Objection Certificate:


To Whom It May Concern;

This is to certify that (Your Complete Name), Filipino citizen, and bearer of Iqama No. 0000000000, Passport No. 123456789, worked for (your employer/company name) as a (your job title) from July 2016 – July 2017.

This certificate is issued upon the request of (Your Name) for whatever purpose it may serve him/her.

As per labor rules and regulations, we have NO OBJECTION for him/her to render his/her services any where in KSA.

General Manager:


Signed: (Name of Signatory)

(Company Name)

I hope this helps! If you have questions or suggestions, please leave a message at the comment box.


Should an OFW have an Emergency Fund?

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What is an emergency fund? Ideally, an emergency fund is a 3-6 months salary amount set aside for emergency cases. You can put it in your savings account that you can easily dip on if an emergency occurs. What kind of emergency? Sudden loss of income, health emergency in the family, unexpected car repairs, etc. The emergency fund should be able to cover your expenses for atleast half a year in case of unexpected job loss. I am guilty of dipping on my emergency fund when my vacation money runs off. Although I only took a few amount, it’s an absolute no-no. You should reserve the money for emergencies only. My goal for the next few months is to replenish my emergency fund while adding some cash on my investment account.

I think every OFW should have an emergency fund. Recently, there are many OFWs who went back home because their company couldn’t pay their salaries. Many businesses are badly affected by the low oil pice in the world market. Some of the people who went home doesn’t have enough savings to cover their expenses while looking for a job. They are relying to the government’s assistance, which I think is a terrible idea. I know the government are saying that they are ready to help the OFWs in case more people will be sent home, but, I don’t think they could deliver. Most of the OFW and their families are used to a certain kind of lifestyle that involves lots of money. I don’t think they will be content with the jobs and the salary the government could offer. My point is, if you are an OFW, be prepared. You won’t be an OFW forever, save NOW for the hard times that could come you way later. Start an emergency fund ASAP.

How to build an emergency fund? Here’s what I do:

-emergency fund
-investment (stocks)
-personal budget
– money remittance

Notice that I deducted emergency fund and investment amount first before other expenses. This is what most financial gurus would tell you. Pay yourself first. If you can find any other sources of income other than your salary, that would be a good addition to your emergency fund. I did a post about selling your old gadgets online, you might want to consider trying that too.

Once you have a comfortable amount on your emergency fund, you should consider starting an investment account. It could be via Mutual Funds, Stock Market, etc. Just make sure that you do a thorough research about investing . Study first before delving into the world of investing so that you wont be sorry later. =)

Where to buy and sell used gadgets in Saudi Arabia?

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While I was in the Philippines, we decluttered our home and found out that we have so many gadgets lying around. I sold a used netbook and a PSP via OLX. It’s a popular buy and sell site in the Philippines. They also have an android app you can install in your phone so that you can monitor your items wherever you go. It’s a pretty awesome deal, I was able to free some space at home and I got to earn some money.



If you are in Saudi Arabia and you want to sell some of your items online I recommend selling it at expatriates.com. It’s a very user friendly site, and has a lot of traffic. In my experience, mobile phones are the easiest to sell. This is also the same site where I bought my htc m8 phone. Just make sure that you put your mobile number where interested buyers can contact you to negotiate with the price. Most sellers communicate with buyers via whatsapp though, so, you might want to install that app on your phone first.




In selling an item, make sure that you list the specs (if selling gadgets like cellphones, tablets, computers, cameras, etc.). If there are any issues, like dents, cracks or scratches on the item, make sure that you also include that in your ad. An actual photo of the item is also very helpful in making your ad more appealing to the buyers. It also prevents prolonged negotiations, unnecessary questions and confusion among the interested buyers. Don’t forget to include your location on the ad.

Once the buyer and the seller agreed on the price of the item, they will set up a meeting place. In my case, I make sure to put in my ad that my items are for “pick-up” only. I asked the buyers to go to my I work, which is safe and equipped with a CCTV camera. When I sold my gadgets in the Philippines, the meet up area was in a public place where there is a security guard and a CCTV camera… the best option would be inside a mall or a  fastfood place like Jollibee. When I bought my HTC phone the previous owner delivered it at my work. As long as you ask politely and negotiate reasonably, you can get the item you want within your price range and they will deliver it to you nicely.

Tips on buying items at expatriates.com:

– Avoid transacting with sellers who are asking you to pay via Western Union. It’s most likely a scam.

– Check or ask for the reason why they are selling their items. Most sellers would post in their ad wether they need to upgrade their gadgets, or just need an extra cash. Watch out for people who are selling their items because they are exiting the country. Those kind of sellers are usually in a rush to get rid of their stuff that you can buy their items at such a low price.

– Haggle! Don’t be shy to ask for the last price. Some of the people I negotiated with are very understanding, they delivered the item to me AND hacked 200 sar off from the asking price. Cool huh?

Many people find the buy and sell business lucrative. If you have the time and you have a good knowledge regarding the items you buy and sell, this could be a good side line for you. If you are in dire need of extra cash, selling items you no longer need is a very good solution.


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