Saturday, December 16, 2017

Woman denied UK visa for being ‘over-qualified’ in English

The visa application of an Indian woman was rejected by authorities in the United Kingdom because her English-language proficiency is much higher than required by the immigration department.

Alexandria Rintoul in a Facebook post claimed she passed an advanced version of the International English Language Testing System, but the visa requirement is for a much easier exam.

According to what a Home Office spokeswoman told the BBC, some applicants for visas to settle in the UK need to pass an English language test at an approved centre that is specified in the immigration rules.

She said,
“Mrs Rintoul failed to do this and also failed to submit the necessary supporting evidence for her application. It is open to her to reapply under the Priority Visa Service.” Her application was denied on these grounds and she was asked to pass requisite English exam. “As evidence of this, you have provided your IELTS certificate. However, it is noted that this certificate is not an IELTS certificate acceptable for UKV,” said the rejection letter sent by the immigration department. In her post, Rintoul said the immigration department also shared their doubts over her English as she was coming from a country which is not listed in the majority English-speaking countries.

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