It might seem a bit early starting your homework for the visa before taking IELTS, but this is the right time to begin your preparation for your PLAB 2 visa. If you want, you can delay this until you pass IELTS. But if you’re sure you can pass IELTS, then you can start your homework early. The earlier you start, the better.
I’m not asking you to start filling your visa application form though. Actually, you do not have to do anything. You just have to be careful about a few things. This is all that you need to keep in mind at this stage:
It’s best if you’ve been employed for 6 months before you apply for your visa. Because:
i) It adds to your ties back home.
ii) It shows that you’re serious about your career.
iii) It adds to your financial stability.
iv) It doesn’t make a good impression if you’re jobless and you talk about taking an exam in the UK to work in the UK.
2. Bank Balance:
You’ll attach a six-month bank statement along with your visa application. To apply for a visa for PLAB 2, you will need around 3,000 GBP in your bank account. It is best if you have this money from your own earnings, however, it is completely understandable if you don’t have that amount.
In this situation, someone else can sponsor you or transfer funds in to your account.
In light of the above, it is best if you don’t spend your salary at all. However, it is again completely understandable if you have to spend your salary. As long as you can manage to have 3,000 GBP in your account (through legal means, with documentary evidence) or some one else is sponsoring you with that amount, you will be okay.
4. Bank Transactions:
Make no big transactions in or out of your account. You will have to explain these transactions later on. If you do make them, make sure you have explanations along with documentary evidences for them.
That is it. Nothing complicated. And I don’t think it’s difficult. Apart from this, focus on your IELTS and PLAB 1. When you do get done with PLAB 1, go through my posts from Guidance for PLAB 2 Visa.