Immigration Alert: Timetable for Rollout of Pre-Entry Tuberculosis Testing in India Announced

10 August 2012

From 16 August all applicants for settlement visas in India will need to undertake pre-entry TB screening. Applicants will need to be screened and obtain a certificate from an approved clinic in order to demonstrate they are free of TB before an application is submitted. The certificate will be valid for 6 months and the UK Border Agency has set up a wide network of approved clinicians in India for this purpose. Click here for a link to the clinics.

This requirement will be extended to other categories of migrant including work visa applicants in Tiers 1, 2 and 5 of the Points Based System from 10 September and student visa applicants (Tier 4) from 1 November 2012.

An appointment can be obtained within a few days, but applicants should allow up to 10 days in busy periods. Results can be obtained on a same day basis.

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.

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

Further information can be found here.

For more information, please contact a member of the immigration team.

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