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

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Yours truly at the Riyadh Gallery.

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.


IELTS Tips: Is it possible to get a good band score if you self study?

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First of all, I will not recommend for anyone to book their IELTS too soon. If you’re not confident about your English proficiency yet, don’t book it. However, if you are on a deadline, go ahead and do it, but make sure that you give an ample time for you to study. In my opinion, two weeks should be long enough provided that you follow a strict review schedule.

To start of, you need to assess your strength and weaknesses. Do practice tests online. There are plenty of free youtube videos that provides listening practice tests. For reading and writing practices, you can check out blogs like ieltsliz.com or engvid.com, they have plenty of practice tests you can try. For speaking, try to speak for 4 minutes non-stop about a certain topic. Make sure that you record it. You can later listen to it and check for mistakes and how you can improve it.

After doing practice tests, evaluate the results. Which section did you find difficult? In my case, I find it challenging to write two essays within one hour. Also, I found out that I use a lot of fillers when I speak non-stop and my vocabulary is between average to above average. Initially, prior to doing the practice tests, I thought I wouldn’t have any problems regarding the listening and reading sections of IELTS because I am an avid reader and I watch a lot of BBC documentaries. However, It made me a little bit nervous when I stumbled upon True/False/Not Given questions in the reading section during the practice tests. I find them confusing. The matching type questions can also be tricky and time consuming. With the listening practice tests, my only problem is my lack of focus. My mind tend to drift away while listening to the recording.

After finding out my weaknesses, I planned a study calendar to help overcome them. Create a review calendar that you can use as a guide everyday. I followed the guide for two weeks, studying for 8-10 hours a day. I know it’s a little bit inconvenient specially for those who are working full time. In my case, I already resigned from my Nursing job that’s why I have the time to study.  So, it’s important to make a review guide that fits your schedule. My calendar is filled with subjects that I need to focus on such as practice writing and speaking. I also scheduled mock tests that mimics the actual test. The mock tests helped me improve my writing under time pressure.

Many people opt to go to a review center prior to taking the IELTS. That’s a pretty good way to prepare for the exam too albeit a little expensive. The advantage of going to a review center than self studying is that there are mentors who can correct your mistakes. If you self study, you have to figure out what’s the problem and fix it yourself. Again, if you are not confident doing it on your own, go ahead and sign up for review sessions at your local IELTS review center.

It is possible to get a good band score even if you self study. You just need to be well disciplined in following your review schedule and must be willing to sacrifice your time for studying.

If you have more UKVI IELTS questions and suggestions, please leave a message at the comment box.

Have a great day ahead!


IELTS, NMC CBT, UK Application

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It’s been a while… I know! I’ve been busy. I left Saudi Arabia for good on April 12 2017. Before leaving Riyadh, my last two months in the Kingdom was hectic. I never had the time to blog or read books. I’m at work for 12 hours straight, and when I’m home, I always sleep in. Anyway, I finally have time to blog today. Hello!

So, I arrived in Manila on April 13th and I’ve been busy since then. Weird right? I’m supposed to be resting after ending a 6 year nursing career overseas, but I decided to take my IELTS exam as soon as I can. At first, my plan was to take the exam two or three months later. However, I received an email from an agency I applied to that there will be an interview for a nursing position bound to UK. They also informed me that they will include me on the interview list IF I book my UKVI/IELTS. I was like, “Okay then, I don’t have anything else to do anyway.” Then I booked the earliest available schedule… Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking. I only gave myself two weeks to prepare for the exam. Luckily, I got the band score I needed and immediately registered at the Nursing Midwifery Council. I received the approval to take the exam at Pearson Vue and I booked another exam. Again, I made an insane decision to take the exam two weeks later. I studied 12 hours a day for two weeks. Crazy right? Fortunately, I got the result on the same day and I passed.

To complete my registration at NMC, I need to submit some documents and forms to them and I have to wait for the assessment period which could take up to 70 days. I just completed all the forms and I’m currently waiting for them to confirm that they have received my documents. I hope they receive everything by next week.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing these past few weeks. Now that I have time, I’m trying to catch up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge and I’m considering writing a fan fiction.

Wishing you all a great weekend,


One Lonely Friday.

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There are only 9 books left on my reading challenge! Yay for me! Honestly, I am actually done with the challenge. Before I moved in with my colleagues, I already finished the entire In Death series by JD Robb. However, I decided not to update it all at once in goodreads so that I wont look like a loser who don’t have a life, or an asshole who reads too fast and wants to brag it in social media. (I am definitely the former than the latter.) 

Now that there are actual people  in the house that I can talk to and hang out with, I rarely have time to read. The Goodreads Choice Awards finals arrived and there are only few books I’ve read in some categories (mostly fiction) and absolutely none in the non-fiction category. That made me feel a little bit guilty for not making time for books. So, I perused the list of nominated books and chose a book that appealed to me. I chose Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody. I am a fan of Anna Kendrick, I think she’s a cool actress. But what made me pick the book was that I find the blurb hilarious. THEN, I found out she read the audiobook version. I knew I just have to listen to it. I was right, it was much more entertaining. I was hooked. Today, I am listening to Amy Schumer’s The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. Thank God for funny and smart people who writes, they made my entire week. I downloaded a couple more audiobooks from the humor category from Goodreads Choice Awards. BTW, congratulations to all the nominees!

I don’t usually enjoy audiobooks because I’m a fast reader (totally not bragging). I prefer the text-to-speech option on my ebook reader where a female voice reads my book (devoid of emotions) on a pace I chose. I could make her read fast the same way I would. On audiobooks, you have no control of the reader. You have to be patient and wait for the reader to reach the exciting parts. Anyway, this is not a problem I encountered while reading Scrappy Little Nobody. It was just right and made the punch lines funnier. I feel the same way with Amy Schumer’s audiobook. From now on, I would try to listen to more comedy audiobooks.

Anyway, how are you guys doing? Do you have any books or movies or TV series you would like to recommend? I am staying home tonight (on a Friday night) because were all broke and payday is still a little over a week from today. Ugh.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and relatives in the US. I hope y’all have a blast while I sit here laughing alone like a crazy person. Don’t worry, I’m not yet crazy, I’m just listening to Amy Schumer’s audiobook.
Happy weekend people!

November 9

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Today’s my birthday!


Also, Trump won.


Anyway, I had a great time with my new friends and colleagues. We had a simple dinner after work at McDonald’s and had a blast. Despite the crazy workload (and schedule), we still managed to carve out some time to hang out and have fun. My new colleagues are pretty cool. I want to express my gratitude to all the people who remembered my birthday. You guys are awesome! 

I’ll try to post a book review/recommendation before the year ends. 

Older and wiser,


Me Before You

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I had a week off and finally got around reading some of the books in my TBR pile. I finished Jojo MoyesMe Before You and it is freaking depressing. Don’t get me wrong, I think it was amazing, but it just made me really sad. I felt conflicted about Will’s decision. I am a nurse and I’m definitely pro life but I also understand how Will felt in that chair. I was rotated in the Ortho ward when I was a student and I’ve seen plenty of quadriplegic patients, it’s difficult not just for the patients but also for their families. I think Will was just really unhappy with his life, considering how he used to live before the accident. Not all people are cut out for that kind of life, and Will believes that death is his only way out. His pain must have been unbearable that even Lou’s love for him wasn’t enough to change his mind. Anyway, the book is a very interesting read. It’s emotional and I find it really refreshing that they did not sugar coated the topic of suicide. Although, I do not condone what Will did, it’s just really nice that we actually see the other side of the story. That people do it for a reason and that we shouldn’t judge them for it. Overall, it was good read. I would give it a 4 star rating

On another note, I just moved in a new place. I have room mates! After living alone for 5 years it’s kinda weird living with other people in the house. It wasn’t bad, just weird. I’m sure I’ll get used to it eventually. I’ll start working on our new clinic tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Urgently Needed: Filipino Nurses!

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We are looking for Female Filipino nurses bound to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. If you are willing to take the Saudi Prometric exam and have atleast 2 years of working experience feel free to send your CV at vel_sanchez@yahoo.com.

We are also looking for an Orthodentist with 4-5 years of work experience.

Just write a comment or send me an email if you have questions! I am employed by this very same company and I am more than happy to answer your queries.

PS. We will prioritize nurses that already passed the Prometric exam because we need staff ASAP.

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