Tier 4: Changes

English colleges today won a case in the High Course against the 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.
English colleges today won a case in the High Course against the 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 level was raised from elementary (A1) to intermediate (B1) meaning students needed the equivalent of an A Level in English before they can come to the UK to learn it.

The change was not directly put before Parliament, but was made as an amendment to the Points Based System Policy Guidance. The Judge said anything which “changed materially” the criteria of entry for overseas students must be done through a change in the rules, and not through a change in the guidance.

This ruling confirms that parliament must be included in decisions which will significantly change the immigration system.

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