Category Archives: English Tests

Supreme Court: Pre-entry English Tests Are Lawful

R (Ali and Bibi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] UKSC 68 (18 November 2015) Language, the most common human currency and form of expression, has become central to the great cultural tug-of-war unfolding in British society … Continue reading

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Pre-entry English Tests for Spouses: ‘Benign Reform’ or ‘Social Engineering’?

A Supreme Court panel consisting of Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lord Hughes and Lord Hodge looks set to hear Saffna Abdulla Mohammed Ali and Saiqa Bibi’s cases on 25 February 2015. These proceedings originated as a judicial review … Continue reading

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Barriers to entry: spouses’ English tests upheld

Language is the commonest human currency and it has an historical connection to culture and politics. Ostensibly, English remains the lingua franca of the world. Yet its imposition upon people – often far away in a Gujarati, Punjabi or Yemeni … Continue reading

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Revised IDI for family members

In its bid to provide free information (as dictated by statute) the UKBA yesterday took the step of publishing a revised chapter of its immigration directorates’ instructions (IDIs) which covers the topic of family members. The said IDI has been revised in … Continue reading

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New English tests are here

Via statement of changes to the rules CM 7944 the home secretary has introduced English language tests for spouses from today. This change will affect applications made by spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, same-sex partners, fiancé(e)s and proposed civil partners who are involved with … Continue reading

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English language tests for dependants

Changes in the immigration rules laid before Parliament in October 2010 will be introduced on 29 November 2010. From then on all dependants except those in the Points Based System will have to show competence in English at level A1 of … Continue reading

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