It all started with a BBC Panorama programme which uncovered ‘systematic fraud in the student visa system’.
In the months following the programme, the UK Home Office has refused to accept the TOEIC test certificates of many applicants alleging that all those certificates were obtained fraudulently and through deception.
This has led to a standard notification issued to many visa holders in the UK who have submitted TOEIC certificate as evidence of their English language skills as part of the immigration application. The Home Office has curtailed the existing visas of some affected applicants and have issued removed directions with a right of appeal. In some cases, the decisions of the Home Office can only be appealed once the affected applicant has returned to his original country.
It has come as a shock for many of the affected students since their visa has been curtailed without any prior notice or opportunity to challenge the allegation of deception.
WHY ARE THESE DECISIONS WRONG?
We are of the opinion that in many cases the Home Office’s decision of curtailing the visa on such grounds is unlawful and unfair. As the charge of deception is a serious one, we believe that every applicant must be given an opportunity to prove their innocence and rebut any such allegations. Alternatively, the Home Office should prove it with concrete evidence that a particular applicant in question used deception to obtain the TOEIC certificate.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Depending on individual circumstances, we have prepared Pre-action protocol for Judicial review and have asked the Home Office to reconsider their decision and get our client an in-country right of appeal. In some cases, the Home Office has responded to our letters and withdrawn their decision and informed us that they will prepare another decision soon for our clients.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If you are one of the affected ‘TOEIC VICTIM’, you can book a free consultation with us to discuss your case. Remember, leaving such a drastic step by the Home Office unchallenged could harm your future prospects and career.
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