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Educational Testing Services removed from Home Office list of approved testing centres

As of 1st July 2014, Educational Testing Services (ETS) will no longer be an approved provider of English test services for Visa application purposes.

The Visa and Permit categories impacted are: Tier 2, Tier 4, Indefinite Leave to Remain and Citizenship applications.

The beginning of the end started with the BBC Panorama investigation into the practices of ETS, which uncovered fraudulent activities in English tests administered by ETS. Consequently, ETS was suspended as a language-testing provider as of February 2014 with the Home Office placing on hold all pending applications which relied on an ETS test result to prove their level and knowledge of English.

The Home Office officially removed ETS as an approved provider on 10th June 2014 when it published a new statement of changes in the immigration rules to reflect the change.

But what about existing ETS test results we hear you ask? They will be accepted only under the following circumstances:

  • Applications for leave to remain submitted before 1st July 2014
  • Applications for entry clearance submitted before 22nd July 2014
  • Certain applications for entry clearance submitted before 1st October 2014, whose criteria are detailed in the new statement changes.


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