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Pre-Entry Tuberculosis Screening for Individuals Applying in Nigeria for Long-Term UK Visas

The UK has now introduced pre-entry Tuberculosis (TB) screening for visa applicants applying for long-term visas in Nigeria starting on 31 December 2013.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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The UK has now introduced pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening for visa applicants applying for long-term visas in Nigeria starting on 31 December 2013. This change will not affect the majority of visa applicants – who apply for visits of less than 6 months.

The introduction of screening follows the UK Government’s announcement in May 2012 that it would extend TB testing to an additional 67 countries, including Nigeria, based on the figures for high TB incidence provided by the World Health Organisation.

This brings the UK into line with the practice of a number of other countries including the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Pre-entry TB screening is not required for those going to the UK as a tourist or other type of visitor, except for those applying for a fiancé(e) visa. It will be required for all individuals in Nigeria who are applying for a UK visa to stay longer than 6 months - including those applying for a Tier 4 student visa.

The process will require individuals to be screened and obtain a certificate from an approved International Organization for Migration (IOM) Health Centre in Nigeria to show that they are free of TB before they make a UK visa application. They will need to include the TB certificate with their visa application.

The requirement for pre-entry TB screening began from applications submitted online from 31 December 2013. Applicants who require pre-entry TB screening should contact

Lagos

Migration Health Assessment Centre
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
74B Sir Michael Otedola Crescent
Off Joel Ogunnaike Street
G.R.A. Ikeja
Lagos

Tel: +234(0) 807 219 1112

E-Mail: iomlagosmedicalbooking@iom.int

Abuja

Migration Health Assessment Centre
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
No. 4, Buchannan Close, off Amino Kano Crescent
Wuse 11
Abuja

Tel: +234(0) 807 219 1122

E-mail: iomabujamedicalbooking@iom.int

A 130 US Dollar fee is payable for applicants over 11 and 52 dollars for applicants under 11 years of age. The fee will be payable in Naira at the prevailing exchange rate advised by the IOM.

Further details of the approved IOM Health Centre facilities available in Abuja and Lagos are on the Home Office’s UK visa website for Nigeria

Published 6 January 2014