Students planning to pursue higher education in United Kingdom will now have to take a pre-entry tuberculosis test before boarding a flight.

This test is mandatory for students enrolling for admissions in different universities from September intake this year.

The UK government has appointed select clinics for taking the test and students need to obtain a specified document and reports from the clinics before applying for their visas.

The clinics identified by the home office are Centre for Migration Medicine in Himayatnagar and GYD Diagnostics and Reference Labs Ltd. in the lane opposite Gharonda Supermarket in Padmaraonagar.

This was disclosed by British Council authorities during a pre-departure orientation held here on Monday.

The orientation was organised for students, who obtained offer letters from different universities in UK. During the programme, authorities covered aspects pertaining to student visa application, travel, settling down in the UK, accommodation, health, etc.

Every year about 18,000 students from South India take admissions in different universities in UK. Of these, nearly 40 per cent students were from Andhra Pradesh and it ranks first among southern States in terms of number of students taking admissions in UK, said A. Prabhakar Reddy, Assistant Manager, British Library, Hyderabad.

Most common reasons for refusal of a student visa application include not meeting the maintenance requirements, not providing supporting documents, submitting forged documents, incomplete application, submitting an already used Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), not submitting correct evidence of relationship to parents while relying on their funds, etc.

Later, Nimmi Khader, Visa Officer, British High Commission, Chennai addressed the students over a video conference about the procedure to be adopted for getting visa.

Websites

Authorities said students can get more information onwww.vfs-uk-in.com,www.britishcouncil.org.in,www.fco.gov.uk/atas,www.ukba.homeoffice.go

v.uk/visas-immigra-

tion/studyingwebsites.

Select clinics appointed for taking the test and students need to obtain a specified document and reports from the clinics before applying for their visas