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Immigration rule changes are good news for language schools

Commenting on rule changes announced today by the Immigration Minister, Mark Harper, Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive of London First, said:

“The news that visitors to the UK will once again be able to study here if this is not the main purpose of their visit is very welcome, not least to the UK’s genuine English language colleges, who faced losing substantial amounts from this unintended consequence of the clampdown on bogus colleges and students.

“It was ludicrous that, for example, high spending Chinese tourists were able to take cookery lessons, but they could not brush up on their English to help them better understand their teacher. Business translators, whilst here, could not take courses to improve their pronunciation skills.

“We’re delighted that Mr Harper has taken on board the concerns of the language schools and dealt with this anomaly in the immigration rules.

“International companies with offices in the UK will also welcome the lifting of the English language requirement on intra-company transfers.”


1. The rule changes were announced by the Home Office in a written ministerial statement on changes in immigration rules and will come into effect in October.

2. London First is a business membership organisation with the mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business.

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