When you are applying for a visa to come to the UK for more than 6 months, you may need to take a tuberculosis (‘TB’) test. This will depend on where you have been living in the year prior to application submission.
You will need to obtain a TB test if you have been living in one of the listed countries for 6 or more months, cumulatively or consecutively, in the year prior to application submission.
To be acceptable for visa purposes, your TB test must be taken at a clinic approved by the Home Office prior to the submission of your visa application. You can only take your TB test once you have arrived in the UK if you are applying for a British National (Overseas) visa.
Until recently, approved clinics were only located in listed countries. The Home Office have now added further approved centres in additional countries not featuring on the list, including Canada, France, Iran, Israel, Japan, Turkey, the UAE and the USA.
Once you have been tested for TB, provided the result is negative, you will be issued with a certificate that will remain valid for 6 months and which will need to be submitted with your visa application.
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