1000s of overseas students in the UK are stuck in limbo due to a cheating scandal for an English language test. This occurred 5 years back and they have still been unable to prove themselves of not being guilty. Their UK Visas were cancelled prior to the completion of their courses. As a result, their immigration status is now dubious.
However, Parliamentarians, Lawyers, and campaigners have demanded a resolution. This is even as the UK authorities are delaying the issue, as quoted by the University World News.
A motion has been tabled in the UK Parliament this week. It expresses concerns regarding around 35, 870 overseas students whose UK Visas have been curtailed, revoked, or refused. This is owing to accusations of cheating on the test for language.
Thousands of overseas students in the UK have already been deported. UK Council for International Student Affairs termed it as one of the biggest actions so far against them. The deportations were in response to the discovery of the deceitful tests for the English language by the Home Office. It was alleged that a few students made use of proxies in the oral tests for obtaining UK Student Visas.
Meanwhile, it has come to light that some of them could have been deported wrongly. Others have also said that these were innocent who never cheated and are stuck in the UK. Most of them do not have their passports that have been held by the immigration authorities while their cases are under review. This is has resulted in a never-ending limbo even several years after the first allegations.
Migrant Voice is a charity campaigning for the affected overseas students and is based in London. Its Director Nazek Ramadan said that it is atrocious that 1000s of students are still suffering 5 years after the initial wrongful allegations.
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