Visas: Married People

Home Office written question – answered on 25th January 2022.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to allow applicants to complete tuberculosis screening and biometric appointments post application decision in the UK, for people seeking to relocate from Afghanistan under more formal visa avenues such as a spousal visa.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

There are no current plans to allow applicants in Afghanistan to undertake tuberculosis screening or provide biometrics in the UK after a decision has been made on their applications.

Biometrics, in the form of a facial image and fingerprints, underpin the UK’s immigration system to support identity assurance and suitability checks on foreign nationals who are subject to immigration control. They enable us to conduct comprehensive checks to prevent leave being granted to or travel to the UK by those who pose a threat to national security or are likely to breach our laws.

Allowing people to travel before undertaking TB screening would undermine the purpose of the tuberculosis screening requirement, which is to prevent the spread of tuberculosis in the UK.

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