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Changes in UK Immigration Rules – including recognised English tests

Posted on July  21 , 2014

On 10 July 2014, a statement of changes to UK immigration rules was presented to Parliament, to come into force this month and next.

One of the changes is intended to restrict the ability of people in the UK  on Study (Tier 4) or Post-Study Work (Tier 1) to apply to stay as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur. This is to prevent people fraudulently applying for the entrepreneur visa (intended for genuine business people) and staying to be employed in some other position. These changes came into force on 11 July 2014.

Students who graduate in the UK will however be able to apply for the  Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa if they intend to start a business.

The changes also include changes to the recognised English Tests, removing some tests from  Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), such as Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge BULATS test, and Trinity College ESOL Skills for Life tests.  This was as requested by CIE. The Cambridge IELTS exam will continue to be recognised.

The full statement is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/329137/hc-532.pdf

For more information on eligibility to go the UK, please contact us.

Our partner institute Unitech, also offers courses for IELTS preparation, to meet English Language requirements for migration.