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Dear students,

Be aware that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) has not renewed its licence after a fraud scandal involving test centres in the UK and is no longer licensed by the Home Office. TOEFL and TOEIC results will no longer be accepted as a proof of English language proficiency in support of visa applications.

If you have already submitted TOEFL or TOEIC results with your visa application, have taken or planning to take the tests, please read below to learn what UKCISA advises you to do:

TOEFL and TOEIC tests are no longer accepted for visa applications

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) is no longer licenced by the Home Office to provide TOEIC and TOEFL tests for people who want to use them in support of UK visa applications. ETS did not renew their licence with the Home Office after allegations of fraud were made about test centres in the UK.

Applications made in the UK

If you are waiting for a decision on an application you submitted to the Home Office in the UK using an ETS test, contact a student adviser at your institution as soon as possible. Show them any letters you have received from the Home Office about your application. You may have received a letter from the Home Office recommending that you take a different approved English language test. If so, do this as soon as possible. The letter from the Home Office should also include instructions on how to submit evidence of this. If you have applied and have not received any letters from the Home Office, it might be that they do not have your up-to-date correspondence address. Contact a student adviser at your institution straightaway to get this corrected and to get advice on sitting a different test. Make sure that you tell the Home Office of any changes to your correspondence address in the future.

For a course at degree level (or above) at a publicly-funded Higher Education Institution, ask your institution if they can assess your English language ability themselves. This will mean you do not have to take another test.

If you have an ETS test certificate but have not yet submitted your application, you should take an alternative test before applying. Speak to a student adviser if you cannot take another test before your current visa expires.

Applications made outside the UK

If you have already taken an ETS test, and made an entry clearance application, the British diplomatic post in your country will currently process your application. The immigration authorities will want to interview you and may check with your institution that they are happy to accept you.

If you have already taken an ETS test, and not yet made your visa application, you may wish to consider taking an alternative test before you make your application. However, the British diplomatic post in your country should accept your application with an ETS test, for the time being, and until the Immigration Rules are changed. If you do continue using the ETS certificate, the immigration authorities will want to interview you and will check that your institution is happy to accept you.

If you have booked, but not yet taken, an ETS test and you want to apply for entry clearance you should book an alternative test.

As with applications made in the UK, if your course is at degree level (or above) at a publicly-funded Higher Education Institution your institution may be prepared to assess your English language ability themselves. Contact your institution to check this.

(Information from www.ukcisa.org.uk)