Changes to UK visa applications for some sectors

by Ray Clancy on June 14, 2013

Changes to UK visa applications for some sectors

Changes to UK visa applications for some sectors

A number of what are described as ‘minor’ changes to the Immigration Rules for migrants applying for visa for the UK will come into force next month. They include changes to the documents required for approved English language tests, interviews for certain student visas and compulsory tuberculosis tests for visa applicants from certain Asian and African countries.

Applicants for a Tier 4 student visa from Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad, Colombia, Mexico, India, Venezuela and Ukraine may have to sit a short interview when they attend the visa application centre to submit their application and biometric information. ‘The interview will focus on your reasons for coming to the UK. This is known as a credibility interview. A report of the interview will be sent to the visa officer who will consider it alongside the visa application and supporting documents,’ said a UK Border Agency spokesman.

Tuberculosis screening will be compulsory for those coming from China, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malawi, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. Applicants applying for a settlement visa from these countries will need to be tested before they make their application and the new rule also covers those applying as a spouse, partner, fiancé or proposed partner, armed forces dependant, a child or adopted child dependant, a parent, grandparent or other dependant relative. It does not apply to those seeking to join family members on a time limited basis, for example dependents of students or people working in the UK.

Quote from ExpatForum.com : “I know there’s been a lot of threads asking a similar question, but I can’t seem to find them at the moment, so just wanted to ask: I’m here in the UK now, what should I do next?”

If you apply and pay online for a settlement visa application on or after 1 July 2013 you will need to take a TB test. If you apply and pay online for a settlement visa application before this date you will not need to take a TB test, a spokesman explained. If you intend to pay your settlement visa fee at the visa application centre you will need a TB certificate if your appointment is on or after 1 July 2013. If you are applying in any other visa category you do not currently require a TB test. Also if you plan to come to the UK for less than six months you do not need a TB test, unless you are applying for a six month fiancé visa.

Meanwhile priority visa application services have been launched in a number of countries including Romania, Austria, Poland, Hungry, Moldova, Latvia and Kosovo. The priority visa service will launch in Romania from 29 May 2013. Applicants applying as visitors, or under Tier 2 or Tier 5 of the points based system, as well as dependants in those categories, may be able to use the service which allows an application to be placed at the front of the queue- the cost per application is €100.

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Ronke August 3, 2015 at 5:36 pm

My family and I just got back to Nigeria 10 days ago to apply for Tier 2 shortage occupation visa having been in the UK for 2 years on Tier 5 visa. Do we need TB testing, as on gov.uk website we saw the below statement for those who don’t need testing; ”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”. If so, can I hand write that onto the application form as I have already submitted?

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