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08 Dec 2014 34.3K 2 mins Share

The UK Visa Procedure - Tests and Examinations

After applying for visa online and arranging the required supporting documents, it is time to get tested for TB and enrol your biometric information.

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The English are quite concerned for their health. They believe in a healthy disease free lifestyle. As India and many South Asian countries are developing and house many infectious epidemics, the Embassy screens the applicants for diseases and specifically for TB.

Apart from testing for TB you will be required to provide your biometric data and no one is exempted unless the applicant is differently abled without fingers. So after applying for visa online and arranging the required supporting documents, it is time to get tested for TB and enrol your biometric information.

Tuberculosis Testing 

If you are planning to stay in the UK for 6 months or longer, you have to be tested for TB before you apply for a visa in the form of a chest x-ray and/or sputum samples. Failing to take the test or if you test positive for TB, you will not be permitted to travel until you take the test and when you are free of TB.
The Embassy accepts medical certificates from one of their approved clinics/hospitals. You can contact one of the clinics/hospitals near to you to book an appointment.

If Result is Negative

If you test negative for TB, the clinic/hospital will provide you a medical certificate which you must submit with your visa application form which is valid for 6 months. The medical certificate is essential for you when you are in the UK and failing to bring it will delay your entry to the UK.

If Result is Positive

You will have to take a sputum test when the chest x-ray is inconclusive. If you have TB, you won’t receive a certificate but will be advised for treatment and you will be provided with a TB treatment referral letter. Post treatment you can test again for TB test at one of the Embassy approved clinics/hospitals before applying for a UK visa.

Biometric Information

Apart from testing for TB you should enrol your biometric information as part of the visa application process.  The Embassy will not process your visa application unless you have provided your biometric information. You should book an appointment at one of the visa application centres near you to enrol your biometric information. The procedure requires no extra fee and the procedure is quick and simple.


Your fingerprints will be scanned by a machine which does not use ink, liquids or chemicals and complies with all relevant UK and international safety standards. You won’t be allowed to enrol your fingerprints if you have cuts or damages or if you are wearing a decoration like henna. After the injury has healed or the decoration has faded, you can enrol for biometric information.

Facial Photograph

Your full face will be photographed and you will not be allowed to wear tinted spectacles, sunglasses, hair across the face and/or eyes or anything that covers your face, but a head covering is allowed for religious or medical reasons.
The biometric information is kept for 10 years from the date when you last scanned your fingerprints and photographed your face.  The biometric information will be on a database in the UK and held strictly in accordance with UK legislation, including the Data Protection Act 1998. The biometric information provided by the visa applicants may be disclosed to foreign governments, for the purpose of helping them and the UK Border Agency to perform their functions.
Also, you can read The UK Visa Procedure - 
To understand the complete process involved to stay, work and study without any pressure as an international student in the UK.
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