A reminder for our visitors from India; as announced earlier, student visa applications made in India from 1 November 2012 must be accompanied by a valid tuberculosis (TB) clearance certificate for visas longer than 6 months. You do not need a TB clearance certificate if you are coming to the UK on a 6 month student visitor visa.
UKBA will only accept TB screening and certificates from a clinic approved by them in India. You can find UKBA’s list of officially approved clinics in India here.
The TB screening requirement was first announced in August. The requirement for students is part of the gradual rollout of pre-entry TB screening requirements in India, which began with UK settlement visa applications from 16 August 2012, followed by applications for work visas (Tiers 1, 2 and 5 of the points-based system) from 10 September 2012 and now student visas (Tier 4) from 1 November 2012.
There will be a fee of Rs 1500 for the diagnostic tests. The certificate will usually be valid for 6 months. If you are tested positive for TB you will be referred for treatment. You will not be permitted to travel to the UK until you have been tested as being free of TB, including following successful treatment.
Travelling to the UK for 6 months or less
Pre-entry TB screening is only required if you are travelling to the UK for more than 6 months. If you are travelling to the UK for 6 months or less, for example on business, family or tourism visitor visas, you are not required to undergo pre-entry TB screening.
To read UKBA’s statement, please click here.