Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…
This is a retrospective story of my life. By the time you read this post, I am starting a new chapter in my nursing career. Another wish came true. Alhamdulillah… I dedicated this post to Malaysian staff nurses who plan to work in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The whole process begin since last year and here’s how it goes.
August 24, 2016 – I apply online in Melorita website and fill up the application form + attached my CV and photo.
August 29, 2016 – I received a phone call from Melorita Kuala Lumpur and they stated that they had received my CV and since I am from Sarawak, they will forward the information to Melorita Kuching.
September 6, 2016 – I saw a post in Facebook “We are hiring now for the upcoming SAUDI ARABIA DELEGATION INTERVIEW in OCTOBER 2016” and I email my CV again for the second time. In just few hours, I received an auto-generated reply from Melorita.
November 29, 2016 – I received a message from Melorita Kuching via Whatsapp asking to return back their call. Unfortunately, I was still on family vacation at Thailand.
December 5, 2016 – I am back to Sarawak and called Ms E at Melorita Kuching. She received my CV and she promised to help me to apply for a post in Intensive Care Unit, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Nowadays, it is not easy to get a job there and if I’m being offered, she advice me to take it as my first stepping stone for my career. One of her colleague, Ms F email to me 9 forms and skills checklist which need to be return as soon as possible.
December 14, 2016 – Finally, I manage to complete and provide all the documents required by Melorita. I failed to delivered the documents through email due to the file’s size were too big. So, I decided to courier the documents using PosLaju. Total cost: RM0.80 for brown envelope + RM7.20 for the weight of the documents.
December 16, 2016 – Melorita Kuching received my forms, skill checklist and copies of certificate. Any issue they will keep me updated.
January 13, 2017 – The agency contacted me few times to clarify some information about my working experience on Paediatric patient. Today, they informed me that my application has been submitted to the Head Quarters (HQ). I told them my priority will always be Saudi Arabia but I will also try to apply at UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai). Probably I have a better future there, insya-Allah.
February 15, 2017 – I received a phone call from Ms E and she stated that a hospital had received my CV and they would like to make a phone interview. Therefore, I need to decide three dates starting from today until 23 February 2017 and the time must be after 1400 hours. The dates exclude Friday and Saturday because it is holiday in KSA. At night, I replied her through WhatsApp and choose 19, 20, and 21 February at 1730 hours.
February 17, 2017 – I received a phone call from Ms E and the hospital decide to make a phone interview with me on Sunday, 19 February at 1800 hours. Some of the common questions that they will ask are introduce yourself, where and how is your current employment. Since I apply for Intensive Care Unit, they will give some scenario, asking about ventilated patient, ECG and anything about ICU nursing. Be prepared and do not pause too much like “erm” or “arr” during the interview.
February 19, 2017 – At 1759 hours, I received an international phone call from Makkah/Medina. The first caller was the hospital operator asking am I ready for my interview. I said yes and the operator said that she is going to connect me to another person. I can hear an Arabic tone which I totally do not understand. After a while, a man introduce himself in English language as Mr A from Medical/Surgical ICU. The first question that he asked, I cannot hear it very clearly because of his Arabic accent. He was asking me to introduce myself, where I work, what did I do, etc. After explained in details about my years of working experience and my jobs description in ICU, Mr A stop me and passed the conversation to a lady (which I do not remember her name). The lady asked about clinical questions. What are the cases that I handle in the ICU, difference between Acute Renal Failure and Chronic Renal Failure, what are ventilator mode that I know and describe them, what is RASS score, how to prevent VAP and the care bundle, what are the common inotropes that we use in ICU and nursing responsibilities if patient on IV Norephinephrine, what is normal ICP, what are the first things that we must check on post-operative neurosurgical patient, are you willing to work for 12 hours shift in 18 bedded ICU with multinational staff and attend cases like medical, surgical, oncology and neurosurgical, paperless hospital with no extended role, purely bed side nursing care, probation period and undergo training and education in order to be accepted in the hospital, are you BLS and ACLS certified and lastly when you can start working here? Anything they will update through my agency and they will submit the interview report to Nursing Recruitment. If I passed the interview, it will depend on how fast my agency can work on the next process. The duration of my interview was 20 minutes and 6 seconds.
February 22, 2017 – “Hi, I’m delighted to inform you that you’re being shortlisted for the position. But in order to get the official offer, you need to provide me two things dear: (1) One reference letter from your superior with hospital letter head (2) APC 2017.” Alhamdulillah… I passed the interview.
March 9, 2017 – It took 2 weeks for me to convince my superior to sign the reference letter. At this point, I cannot hide my intention anymore about my decision to resign from KKM and start working in KSA once everything is confirmed.
March 21, 2017 – I received 2 emails from the hospital about ‘Follow Us on Social Media’. Impressive! They have Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. However, I still have not received their offer letter. May Allah SWT make ease everything. Ameen.
March 30, 2017 – Alhamdulillah, finally I received an email about my offer had been issued. The position that being offered is STAFF NURSE I.P1.MEDICAL/SURGICAL ICU (Sec)-J.08).
March 31, 2017 – My agency send my offer letter via email. I need to give respond to my agency within 3 days. The employment offer is valid for one week only. Signed, scan and email them back. On the same day, my agency help to apply Certificate of Good Conduct from e-Consular and once again I received a confirmation email. From this point, I am going to receive an auto-generated emails and my agency advice not to respond except from the agency personnel. Other things I need to do is Mantoux Test and arrange an appointment to do medical check-up at BP Healtcare Kuching only.
April 5, 2017 – I send 3 original documents: Jadual Kelima Lembaga Jururawat Malaysia, Degree both English and Bahasa Melayu to my agency. I had never send such important document using PosLaju. Total cost RM7.20.
April 7, 2017 – Although I am one of the government hospital staff, I decided not to do Mantoux Test in the hospital. So, I went to the nearest PoliKlinik, get it done and come back again for reading after 72 hours. On the same day, I arranged appointment for my medical check-up in Kuching. It was not easy because I have to follow their timetable. Certain date that I pick was fully occupied and sometimes Dr not available. Once I blocked my date, I have to change my duty roster.
April 10, 2017 – Alhamdulillah, my Mantoux Test reading was negative. I also received few more documents for me to prepare and sign. 4 photos for visa application, 10 photos for iqama and 10 passport size photo for other purpose which cost me RM60.00.
April 11, 2017 – Today is my medical check-up day and I have to take a flight to Kuching. It cost me RM135.36 + RM26.00 for taxi. Prior to that, I was instructed by the BP Healthcare personnel to ‘fast’ for 8 hours but I can still drink some plain water. I also need to bring a passport size photo with white background (do not use black tudung because it will be rejected and standby 2 photos), report of my Mantoux Test and copy of MMR vaccine that I had received during my childhood. They measured weight, height, BMI, BP, HR, blood, urine, and stool investigation, colour blind and visual acuity test (with and without spectacle), chest X-ray and I’m going to receive IM injection vaccine for meningitis which can last for 3 years. Total cost RM1084.00 + RM25.00 for photos + RM30.00 for taxi + RM50.00 for bus ticket.
April 17, 2017 – I request for email verification of my qualification from my university. The email verification must be from current Head of Nursing Department, UNIMAS to the Saudi Culture email address. Alhamdulillah, I received a prompt reply and invitation to join UNIMAS nursing programme once I have had enough of globetrotting.
April 21, 2017 – I approached my Matron for verification of reference letter and this time it runs smoothly.
April 27, 2017 – My ward Sister also signed the verification letter of reference letter. Just a soft reminder, both the testimonial or reference letters must be different in terms of contain.
May 2, 2017 – I went to a private lawyer aka Commissioner for Oath accompanied by my father to sign the Statutory Declaration. Payment of RM4.00 will be charge. I also went to a private medical centre for another medical check-up in view of abnormalities in my chest X-ray. Total cost: RM80.00 for X-ray + RM80.00 for Consultation.
May 4, 2017 – I went to UNIMAS main campus at Kota Samarahan to get verification of my education certificate. I learnt that only officer at Canselory can verified document and the procedure took 3 days at Undergraduate Student Division.
May 17, 2017 – Application for Certificate of Good Conduct in Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) – Status: Completed.
May 22, 2017 – My license just came out from Malaysia Nursing Board. Next, awaiting for medical clearance from hospital before my documents can enter Saudi Culture.
May 25, 2017 – All praise to Allah SWT my medical clearance from hospital Family Medicine status: Completed.
May 29, 2017 – As my document entered Saudi Culture – Saudi Embassy – Visa Stamping, I was ordered to submit resignation letter with 30 days notice. Due to time constraint, I decided to inform my Head of Department about my resignation through email. It would be better if they hear about this news from myself rather than hear it from other people’s mouth.
June 6, 2017 – I must get a Confirmation of Employment (COE) letter and verification of employment from Human Resource Department. Another troublesome procedure as all the letters must be written in English and KKM letter always in Bahasa Melayu. My COE being rejected twice due to spelling and contain error.
June 8, 2017 – Payment SAR800 (RM931.03) done using credit card only in DataFlow Group website. Id and password will be provided by the agency. So, click Verification Services > Start Your Verification > Saudi Commission For Health Specialties > Apply > I’m an applicant > Log in. Remember! Don’t change anything in the website. Just click save and next until payment is secured. A payment receipt will be send after 48 hours.
July 1, 2017 – I’m officially unemployed.
July 4, 2017 – My education check status in DataFlow is completed. Malaysian Nursing Board and employment check status still in progress. I’m still waiting for my document to be release from Saudi Culture to Saudi Embassy before I can proceed to visa stamping.
July 6, 2017 – My employment check status: Completed. Only health license check status in progress now. Application status can be check online in DataFlow Group website. Just search by Reference Number > Saudi Commission for Health Specialties > Passport Number > Check Status.
July 17, 2017 – Alhamdulillah.. all my documents has been released by Saudi Culture. If everything runs smoothly, my agency informed me that my visa can be secured within this week.
July 20, 2017 – Somehow I am not able to check my application status in DataFlow Group. Is it because I check every hours? Anyway, my documents just came out from Saudi Embassy and will proceed with visa stamping next Monday or Tuesday. Insya-Allah, may Allah SWT make ease everything.
July 26, 2017 – “We are pleased to inform that your primary source verification has been completed. DataFlow Barcode XXXX Reference Number XXXX. Please find attached copy of the Report” – A confirmation email I received in my inbox.
August 2, 2017 – I received a shocking news from my agency today. My visa application was rejected by Saudi Embassy due to incomplete documentation done by Saudi Culture. “Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” Surah Ash-Sharh 94:6.
August 14, 2017 – My agency informed me that they have moved my documents for visa stamping for the second time this morning. Waiting for 2 weeks is so nerve wrecking. In the evening, they informed me that my entry visa is secured.
August 17, 2017 – Finally, my travelling date has confirmed on August 20, 2017 from Kuching to KL. Then, KL to KSA. Start packing all the stuff needed. Payment need to be done to the agency RM912.66 only for all the services.
August 19, 2017 – This will be my last entry from Malaysia. Just to summarize the above information – Duration: ±1 year, Total cost: +RM3 428.45. Indeed, working abroad is not an easy road. Wish me all the best readers!!!
Musa berdoa: “Ya Tuhanku! Lapangkanlah untukku dadaku. Dan mudahkanlah untukku urusanku. Dan lepaskanlah kekakuan daripada lidahku. Supaya mereka mengerti perkataanku.”
(Surah Taha 20 : 25-28)
Until we meet again.
May peace be upon you.