EnglishUK wins Judicial Review on English language levels

englishuk, high cort judicial review, tony millns, english uk, ukba, tier 4 policy guidance 09 July 2010

I am very pleased to be able to tell that earlier today EnglishUK won the High Court Judicial Review case on English language courses under the Points Based System.

This is, of course, very good news for everybody that has an interest in the English language market in the UK.

Tony Millns, Chief Executive of English UK, which represents 440 fully-accredited English language centres, said: "This judgement upholds our basic case that the Home Secretary was wrong to introduce a substantive change in the entry criteria for GSV students without laying that change before Parliament.

"We have asked the court to rule that the English language requirement must now revert to what it was before 3 March, in other words students must be at level A1 to take an English language course at A2. This will give our 440 member centres some immediate help since many of them faced losing a damaging number of students this summer and autumn."

He added: "We brought this case as a last resort, and will now seek to discuss with UKBA ways in which we can help formulate a more sensible policy which our members can support and which will contribute to immigration control. Genuine colleges have no desire to enrol people who are not genuine students. We are pleased that Mr Justice Foskett saw the merits of our case and we believe that his decision is good for the UK economy, to which the English language sector contributes about £1.5 billion in foreign earnings each year."

We are expecting that a new Tier 4 Policy Guidance will be issued in the next two months.

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