Eight people are facing bribery charges in West Australia in connection with the manipulation of English-language competency tests, which allegedly occurred over a twelve month period from June 2009. The Corruption and Crime Commission have charged them with falsifying test scores at Curtin University, which it is claimed allowed international students to obtain visas and residency in Australia. Applicants for permanent residency and work or student visas must prove their competence under the International English Testing System, which is relied upon by the Department of Immigration. So far six of them have pleaded guilty to the charges.