New tuberculosis screening tests for applicants from India
The UK Border Agency has announced that with effect from today, all applicants for settlement visas in India will need to undertake a pre-entry Tuberculosis screening.
Applicants will need to obtain a certificate from an approved clinic in order to demonstrate they are free of Tuberculosis before they submit an application. Children aged 11 and over will need to be tested and younger children should also attend the clinic in case the clinician assesses the need to test them also. This certificate will be valid for 6 months.
The UK Border Agency has further confirmed that with effect from 10 September 2012, Tuberculosis screening will be extended to other categories of applicants including Tiers 1, 2 and 5 of the Points Based System. This requirement will be extended to Tier 4 visa applicants from 1 November 2012.
Those travelling to the UK for 6 months or less, including business visitors will not be subject to this requirement.
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