English language schools have won a High Court battle over visa restrictions

A recent newsflash on the BBC network signalled a victory for English language schools on a recent regulation requiring students to have a high level of English before gaining a visa to enter Britain.

They took the action over new regulations which say that people coming to the UK to study must have a good standard of English.

English UK, which represents 440 language schools, says the regulations are "disproportionate and unjustified".

Mr Millns said: "I am delighted and relieved.

"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."

Common sense

He said he hoped common sense would now prevail so that students could come into the UK to study English with a lower level in the language, equivalent to having studied it for 150 to 200 hours.

The coalition government says it is reviewing English language requirements across the visa system.

A spokesman for the Home Office said: "We are carefully considering this judgment."

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Published by: Concorde International

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