Stephen has written to the new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, about a number of "TOEIC students” who had their visas curtailed after a BBC Panorama investigation in 2014 revealed cheating at centres run by US firm ETS. ETS were appointed by the Home Office to deliver the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC).
Stephen is concerned that there has been no independent assessment of who had cheated. The Home Office relied on allegations by ETS against some 40,000 people. Serious doubts have now been raised about reliability of the allegations and courts have found some of the refusals to be wrong. It is thought that up to 7,000 students may have been wrongly accused.
Stephen will shortly be tabling for a debate on this issue in the House of Commons, and will be asking the Ministerr for three things: a clear statement that appeals in TOEIC cases must be heard in the UK; that those affected will have their rights restored while awaiting their appeals; and that people wrongly removed from the UK will have a chance of redress.
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