4,000 foreign students have been wrongly accused of cheating in their visa tests
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Thousands of international students have been accused of cheating in the English language tests set for visa purposes. The Home Office reportedly accused students of faking their test results. Lawyers are describing this as another form of the governments 'hostile environment' towards immigration policy. Visas were cancelled and students were ordered back to their home countries. The home secretary is being encouraged to review the cases in which cheating has been falsely applied. Doubts towards the legitimacy of the cheating claims were reported in the Financial Times. In 2014, the BBC Panorama investigation made allegations of in the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC). The test is required for every student to meet visa requirements regarding spoken language proficiency. During this time, Theresa May was home secretary and asked the US-based Educational Testing Service to analyse voice files to check if students had used a proxy for language tests. The investigation found that 33,725 results were invalid and had used a proxy, whilst a further 22,694 were 'questionable.
is very low and universities take their compliance responsibilities seriously.
"Action should be taken only against individual students or institutions if there is clear and compelling evidence of abuse of the student visa system.”
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