Tuberculosis Test Clearance Certificate

  • June 07, 2021

As part of the Tier 2 visa application process you may need a Tuberculosis Test Clearance Certificate....

In this short article we take a quick look at who will require a TB Test Clearance Certificate, what the process will be and what to do once you have received yours.

Do I need the Tuberculosis Test Clearance Certificate?

You will need to have a tuberculosis test if you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are a resident in any of these listed countries.

What is the process?

It is important to note that if you require one, you will need to arrange an X-Ray testing for TB at a clinic approved by the UK Home Office. This can be checked using the same link above. 

If the result of the x-ray is not clear, you may have to give a sputum sample (phlegm coughed up from your lungs).

If the test shows you do not have TB, you’ll be given a certificate which is valid for 6 months from the date of your x-ray. 

Who does not need to be tested?

You will not need a TB test if any of the following apply:

  • 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

How are children tested?

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.

Once I have my clearance certificate what should I do?

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your IMG Consultant with any further questions on UK visas and immigration including certificates of sponsorship, letters of maintenance, criminal record checks and tier 2 visa applications.


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