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Immigration Minister Damian Green and UK Border Agency Chief Executive Lin Homer undertook to work with English UK and its members to look for alternative solutions to maintaining the controversial language requirement for visa-national students on English language courses.
Penningtons Solicitors LLP, the law firm acting on behalf of English UK at the recent judicial review, has produced a news release about the UKBA's decision to raise the English language course level back to B1 by a statement of changes.
Click here to read their news release in full.
English UK today said it was “very disappointed” at the decision by the UK Border Agency to again raise the level of English proficiency required for UK student visas.
As of July 23, students below degree level must again prove that they have reached level B1, which is just below A Level standard. This includes students who want to learn English in the UK, a situation which English UK Chief Executive Tony Millns has described as “clearly absurd”.
English UK held another successful inward mission in late May for 15 agents from South America. The busy schedule included visits to Bournemouth, Torquay, Paignton, Exeter, Bristol and London, and was run in association with English UK South West.
Hothouse Media's weekly webzine "Your World on Monday" featured English UK's high court judicial review this week. The webzine can be accessed here.
Mr Justice Foskett instructed that a change back to the A1 level of English for students wanting to study on a General Student Visa would be effective immediately.
To read the judgement document in full, please click here.
More than 3,000 jobs and over £600 million a year in foreign earnings have been saved for the UK economy by a High Court judgement on which international students can come to the UK.
English UK has today won its case in the High Court against the last Home Secretary’s decision to raise the level of English which students must have before they can get a UK visa to learn the language here.
The Government's decision to raise the required level of English for visa students applying to study the language in the UK was challenged in the High Court this week. English UK's judicial review centres on the way in which the minimum language requirement for the General Student Visa was raised earlier this year from "elementary" (A1 on the Common European Framework of Reference) to "intermediate" (B1).
A group of ten English UK member schools are delighted to announce the formation of The English Network (TEN). All members are independent schools based in England and have a combined experience in the industry of over 400 years. The members have formed TEN to pool their experience and improve their service to clients, while continuing to operate as independent organisations.
For more information about TEN, please click here.
Thank you to all our partners for nominating us as LTM Stars! English UK has been nominated for the Star School Association Award again in 2010.
Winners will be announced just prior to StudyWorld London at the Language Travel Magazine Star Awards ceremony on Saturday 4 September. They will also be published in the August issue of Language Travel Magazine, which you can access here from 1 August.
The UK Border Agency's online visa application system, Visa4UK, will be offline for maintenance from 0700 British Standard Time (BST) on Monday 5 July 2010 until 0700 BST the following day (Tuesday 6 July). You will not be able to apply online, or access your visa application, during this time.
If you require urgent travel to the UK, for example to attend a funeral or for urgent medical treatment, you should contact your nearest visa application centre.
We apologise for any inconvenience.