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You’ll need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test if you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are resident in any of these listed countries.
You’ll be given a chest x-ray to test for TB. If the result of the x-ray is not clear you may also be asked to give a sputum sample (phlegm coughed up from your lungs).
If your test shows that you do not have TB, you’ll be given a certificate which is valid for 6 months from the date of your x-ray. Include this certificate with your UK visa application.
Who does not need to be tested
You will not need a TB test if any of the following apply:
- you’re a diplomat accredited to the UK
- you’re a returning UK resident and have not been away for more than 2 years
- you lived for at least 6 months in a country where TB screening is not required by the UK, and you’ve been away from that country for no more than 6 months
All children must see a clinician who’ll decide if they need a chest x-ray. Children under 11 will not normally have a chest x-ray.
You must take your child to an approved clinic and complete a health questionnaire. If the clinician decides your child does not have TB they’ll give you a certificate. Include this certificate with your child’s UK visa application.
You can choose:
- an x-ray with an extra shield to protect you and your unborn child in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters
- a sputum test (phlegm coughed up from your lungs) - there may be an extra fee and you could wait up to 8 weeks for results
- to wait until after delivery
If you do not want to be tested you can use an x-ray taken within the last 3 months at a UK-approved screening clinic. Ask a clinician at an approved clinic to review your x-ray. If it’s accepted the clinician will give you a certificate to provide with your UK visa application.
Choose a visa
You may need a visa to come to the UK to study, work, visit or join family.
There are different visas depending on:
- where you come from
- why you want to come to the UK
- how long you want to stay for
- your personal circumstances and skills
Before you apply, you must check if you need a visa and what type you need. Depending on your nationality, you might not need a visa.
Your application must be approved before you travel.
If you want to visit the UK
Check which visa you need to visit the UK:
If you have a visitor visa you cannot take a job in the UK. You can do up to 30 days of study, as long as it’s not the main reason for your visit.
If you’re travelling through the UK
You might need a visa if you’re travelling through the UK on your way to another country, for example if you have a layover between flights.
If you want to study in the UK
Your course length, type and place of study affect which visa to apply for.
A short-term study visa lets you to study for up to 6 months (11 months if you’re over 16 and studying an English language course).
A general student visa is for a longer course. You must be sponsored by a licensed college or university and have a confirmed place. You can do some work on this visa.
A child student visa is for 4 to 17 year olds who want to study at an independent school. If you’re 16 or over, you can do some work on this visa.
If you want to work or invest in the UK
You can work in the UK on a short or long-term basis with a work visa. There are many types of work visa.
The visa you need depends upon:
- your skills and qualifications
- if you have a job offer and sponsorship
- if you want to bring your family with you
- what you’ll be doing - for example sporting, charitable or religious work
If you want to join family in the UK
If you’re a spouse, partner or family member of someone who has British citizenship or settlement in the UK, you can apply for a family visa to join them. They may need to show that they can support you financially.
You may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after a set amount of time living in the UK.
Family reunion visas for refugees
If you were separated from your partner or child when you were forced to leave your country, you can apply for them to join you in the UK.
To apply you must have been given asylum or 5 years’ humanitarian protection, and not have British citizenship.
Other ways to get permission to live in the UK
You can apply for an Ancestry visa to work in the UK if you have a British grandparent and meet other eligibility criteria.
You may have right of abode to live in the UK.
If you’re a Commonwealth citizen and cannot prove your right to be in the UK, read about the Windrush scheme.
If you had indefinite leave to remain (ILR) and left the UK for more than 2 years you’ll need to apply for a returning resident visa to come back.
There may be another visa that’s right for you based on your circumstances. Check what other visas you’re eligible for.
UK Visa Application Process
Find out if you need a UK visa
Choose the right UK visa type
Complete the online application form
Collect the required documents
Schedule a UK visa appointment
Attend the UK visa interview
UK Visa Application Denial
How to Appeal Against the UK Visa Denial?
Can I Extend my UK Visa?
Applicants from the USA
Points Based System Applications including Tier 2 & Tier 5 Applications
- Investor visa - applications for anyone wanting to come to the UK to invest
- Entrepreneur visa - applications for anyone wanting to start a business in the UK
- Sponsorship Licences - for anyone wanting to bring overseas workers to the UK
- Temporary Workers - for anyone wanting to come to the UK on a short term contract
- Minister of Religion - for anyone needing to bring a religious workers and ministers to the UK
- Illegal Working Compliance - matters to set up the employer with the relevant checks to insure they are not employing anyone illegal and also to assist anyone who may be caught employing someone who doesn’t have the right to work in the UK.