Continuing the trend of the Government’s crackdown on immigration, the Home Office has suspended English language tests from the English Testing Service (“ETS”) examination board following an undercover report which exposed widespread test fraud. One London‑based immigration consultant offered a “guaranteed” English language test pass for a fee of £500.

Footage broadcast on BBC1’s Panorama programme documented the cheating and test falsification and showed that such activity has been widespread, enabling people to fraudulently pass the tests and qualify for a UK visa. As a result, applicants can no longer rely on ETS tests when proving their English language ability, and will need to take an alternative test from the Home Office’s list of approved providers.