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English test mandatory in UK’s migration policy

To curb migration, the new David Cameron govt has announced introduction of compulsory English language test.



London: In a bid to curb migration from
India and other non-European countries, the new David Cameron
government has announced the introduction of compulsory
English language test for those willing to come to the UK to
join their spouses or marry.

From September this year, all non-European migrants
will have to demonstrate a basic command of English that
allows them to cope with everyday life before they are granted
a visa.

The rules will apply to spouses, civil partnerships,
unmarried couples, same sex partners and fiances, and will be
compulsory for people applying from within the UK, as well as
visa applicants from overseas.

Home Secretary Theresa May said: "I believe being
able to speak English should be a pre-requisite for anyone who
wants to settle here. The new English requirement for spouses
will help promote integration, remove cultural barriers and
protect public services.

"It is a privilege to come to the UK and that is why
I am committed to raising the bar for migrants and ensuring
that those who benefit from being in Britain contribute to our
society."

This is only the first step, May said. "We are
currently reviewing English language requirements across the
visa system with a view to tightening the rules further in the
future.

"Today`s announcement is one of a wide range of
measures the new Government is taking to ensure that
immigration is properly controlled for the benefit of the UK,
alongside a limit on work visas and an effective system for
regulating the students who come here."

Anyone wishing to come to the UK as a spouse will have
to demonstrate basic English at A1 level, the same level
required for skilled workers admitted under the Skilled Tier
of the Points Based System.

A spouse coming from outside Europe will need to provide
evidence to the UK Border Agency with their visa application
that they have passed an English language test with one of the
UK Border Agency`s approved test providers.

Under the current rules spousal visa applicants
already have to meet a range of criteria before being allowed
to enter the UK.

PTI

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