[lg policy] Re: Britain in language battle over EU civil service exams

Gareth Price garethowenprice at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 9 14:16:27 UTC 2010

English language schools win court battleĀ over visas

Friday, 9 July 2010

English language schools have won a High Court battle over visa
restrictions which they say are absurd and damaging to their

They took the action over new regulations which say that people coming
to the UK to study must have a good standard of English.

The restrictions were part of a drive against illegal immigration.

The government says illegal immigrants and migrants seeking
low-skilled work were abusing the system.

Foreign students coming to study are now required to have English
language skills of at least GCSE level.

English UK, which represents 440 language schools, says the
regulations are "disproportionate and unjustified".

The group's chief executive Tony Millns said: "It's clearly absurd
requiring students to know English before they come here to study it."

Full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/10569701.stm


Dr. Gareth Price
Visiting Assistant Professor
CSEEES/Linguistics Program
Duke University
Durham, NC

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