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Educational Testing Service officially dropped from Immigration Rules

Educational Testing Service officially dropped from Immigration Rules

A new Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules (HC 198) corrects an earlier botched attempt to change the rules by fiat and remove discredited Educational Testing Services (ETS) as providers of the English language test needed for many modern immigration applications. ETS was the subject of a BBC Panorama investigation which claimed to have exposed “systematic fraud”.

The removal of ETS from the rules takes effect on 1 July 2014. In the meantime I understand there is a policy in place that ETS certificates are not accepted, although the legal basis for that policy might be questionable.

It will have taken the Home Office over four months properly to implement the change.

Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law website.

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