UK to require English tests for immigrants
LONDON, Sep 10: The British government said on Sunday that it would
introduce English proficiency tests for thousands of potential immigrants, but
declined to say whether the move was intended to reduce the number of people
moving to the country.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office said Brown
would announce on Monday that skilled workers from outside the European Union
would have to prove English proficiency before coming to work in UK.
They will have to show they have passed an internationally accepted
English test or obtained a university degree having an English language course.
Under current rules, the government divides migrant workers from outside
the EU into three groups - highly skilled, skilled and low skilled. At present
only those in the highly skilled group have to show English proficiency before
coming to Britain. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the proficiency test would
be made compulsory for low skilled immigrants as well. ap
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