The government has announced that Tier 1 of the new points-based immigration system, which aims to attract highly skilled migrants to the UK, will be implemented in the first quarter of 2008. The pointsbased system is designed to manage the flow of individuals wishing to come to or remain in the UK to work, train or study. One of the requirements of the system will be that migrants coming here to undertake skilled or highly skilled work demonstrate they have an acceptable standard of English. One way in which applicants can do so is to provide evidence they have passed one of the Englishlanguage tests appearing on a list of approved providers issued by the Border and Immigration Agency. Guidance for Tier 1 of the points-based system will be published during the first quarter of 2008. Further details are available at:

www.workingintheuk.gov.uk/working_in_the_uk/en/homepage/news/announcements/pointsbasedsystem_languagetests.html