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The UK tells migrants to take an English test, but misspells “language”

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A citizenship ceremony in London.
  • Hanna Kozlowska
By Hanna Kozlowska

Investigative reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

An announcement from the UK prime minister’s office telling migrants that they have to pass an English language test contained a very beginner mistake:

The UK Home Office said in a statement that the “regrettable typographical error” had been fixed. A spokeswoman said that ”all of us are open to mistakes at times,” and that prime minister David Cameron “is pretty confident that his team speak English competently.”

Before the creation of the new language test, people applying to extend their stay in the UK through a family visa were only required to “to demonstrate that they can speak and understand basic English.”  The new requirement ensures “that those coming to the UK on a family visa with only basic English will become more fluent over time. It will mean that the person can better engage in everyday conversation and thereby better participate and integrate in everyday life in the community.”

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