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UNITED KINGDOM: Timetable for Rollout of Pre-Entry Tuberculosis Testing in India

All applicants for UK settlement visas in India now must undertake pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening. Applicants must obtain a certificate from an approved clinic demonstrating that they are free of TB before submitting an application. The certificate is valid for 6 months and the UK Border Agency has set up a network of approved clinicians in India for this purpose.

This requirement will be extended to other categories of migrants, including work visa applicants in Tiers 1, 2, and 5 of the Points-Based System starting on September 10, 2012, and student visa applicants (Tier 4) starting on November 1, 2012. An appointment can be obtained within a few days, but applicants should allow up to 10 days in busy periods. Results may be obtained the same day.

Children ages 11 and over must be tested. Younger children should also attend the clinic in case the clinician assesses the need to test them also.

Those travelling to the UK for 6 months or less, including business visitors, are not subject to this requirement.

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