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UKBA police raid TOEIC test holder students

UK Border Agency police raiding several TOEIC test holders students houses to catch them and many of them sent back home country already. We didn’t get any exact reason why UKBA has suddenly taken this kind of approach instead of giving them to provide another English test to show their english language ability. But many sources confirmed students who submitted their Tier 4 Student visa application for extension after suspending ETS awarding body.

As usual we got many questions through our blog and social networking sites and many students already frightening about their existing application. Few victims of these said to us they have been caught by the UKBA police and detained for several questions for 1 or 2 days. Based on individual circumstances few of them released and few have been sent back to their home country.

Students think this is completely unethical. They should get a chance to submit their another English test which is accepted by UKVI. UKVI and the ETS contract ended on 5 April 2014. Though UKBA said ”This change doesn’t have an impact on genuine international students who took an ETS test in good faith before the licence expired.”

But it doesn’t seem like that UKBA following their word. They are trying to catch as many students as they can and send back to home. If you are a victim of this situation share your experience with us by making a comment below.  

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  • James
    May 31, 2014, 4:45 pm Reply

    What ukba are doing is nicking the ones that have scammed the system by doing what panarama showed…ie: people taking the test for them. Nothing unethical about that. what is unethical is those scamming the system.

  • Ali
    June 9, 2014, 9:19 pm Reply

    One of my very closed freind applied for tier 4 visa after 3 months of his application ukba raided his house and arrested him.as far as i know him he is very competent in english and he has genuinely given his ETS TEST.he is still detained.any one knows what to do or how to prove it he is yet to be interveiwed.
    Thanks

    • admin
      June 11, 2014, 5:57 pm Reply

      Hi Ali

      Sorry to hear that. We would only recommend to get help from solicitor under this situation.

    • Sumaim
      June 22, 2014, 4:53 pm Reply

      Is he released now or not ?

  • ss
    June 13, 2014, 2:22 pm Reply

    hi I have submitted toiec certificate n recently given cityn guild will ukba also follow us

    • sam
      June 26, 2014, 4:03 pm Reply

      did you recived city and guild test

  • rahul
    June 27, 2014, 1:10 pm Reply

    i got a student uk visa before 6 months with my toiec english certificate so now again i have to submit english certificate or i don’t have to worry anything until my next visa extension?

  • PPP
    June 29, 2014, 8:51 pm Reply

    I have received a result Of city and guild still they follow me?

  • saga
    July 10, 2014, 9:50 am Reply

    hello friends help me ukba caught me in my house because of toiec test im having fluent english i came to uk with my pass ielts bands 6.5 and to extendend my visa i take toiec test and applied for visa. later they din’t give me any rejection letter just came to my home and took me im still gatwick detenstion center i dont no how to fight with this case no one reponding about this type of case please help

    • zack
      July 11, 2014, 1:20 am Reply

      ^^talk to your lawyer as soon as possible

    • Rajji
      September 15, 2014, 10:45 pm Reply

      Take a good solicitor

  • fiaz
    July 16, 2014, 7:18 pm Reply

    hi i cought from my house due to toeic and they sent me back to my country and they did not listen me . i was a genuine student studying in college and my progess was very good during my stay in uk. now i know i cant do any thing and i stop to fight .

  • jmlvina
    July 17, 2014, 10:18 pm Reply

    I submitted my visa on January with my TOEIC result and nothing has coming out yet aside from the email that they sent to my husband employer indicating that he is not allowed to work. I am really really nervous thinking that the HO police will pick us up from our home with my 2 children and husband. I think now they just doing the general rejection for visa application even you submitted genuine of fake result. Is there any updates or idea of what’s going on? coz we are just guessing of what will gonna happen next coz we don’t know the criteria or the circumstances of the student who has been caught already.

  • Murad
    July 18, 2014, 4:20 pm Reply

    Saga,what happend to u?can u let us knw.

  • Murad
    July 18, 2014, 4:25 pm Reply

    They came to raid my house last month,19th of june bt i wasnt there.now i dnt knw what to do.i gave a pearson test 2weeks ago nd i got b2 level.after raid i havnt got anything from them.they just gave me a number to call them bt i didnt,as i bcome scared.can anyone help me plz?

    • lyn
      July 23, 2014, 6:31 pm Reply

      they that to me,but God is good and after 14 days i been released just pray and hire a good solicitor

  • deep
    July 19, 2014, 3:55 pm Reply

    i applied for student visa in jan-2014 with toeic nd after that in feb reiceved a letter that you can send another english test certificate even they send me my passport photo copy aswell i did another test ielts nd got 6.5 bands after that i submit that as well nd i got conformation email as well from homeoffice. then 2 months later got a letter that wait till 31’st july we will give u result whatever it is but 2 weeks ago they camed into my home nd took me. now m in detaination centre. help me what to do..?

    • lyn
      July 23, 2014, 6:41 pm Reply

      be brave,what they done to you is not right,but dont worry human rights is here is very good,get a good solicitor,i recommend you my solicitor if you want i been released this week because of toiec and im a genuine student and good in english as well.always pray.

      • ven
        August 3, 2014, 11:12 am Reply

        Hi lyn can speak to you on this issue since they have released? Because I have been invited to immigration reporting centre nxt week and I don’t know what to expect! 🙁

        • lyn
          August 5, 2014, 11:48 am Reply

          ok,give me your number or email add

          • ve
            August 6, 2014, 10:40 am Reply

            Lyn yes I have shown my solicitor the letter and he has file my appeal am now waiting for the out come, my number 07425536351 just text me I will call u back

          • Ali
            August 14, 2014, 6:29 pm Reply

            Can I hv ur lawyer number

      • HARI
        January 5, 2015, 12:22 am Reply

        can you plz tell me your solicitor’s name ?

  • Dulal
    July 20, 2014, 5:20 am Reply

    Why did they send u?why didnt u go for a solicitor?did they go for voice chek?how did they knw the xam hasnt done by u??
    FIAZ.

  • ppp
    July 20, 2014, 10:26 am Reply

    did u send pearson reslult to HO,and when did u appeare in exam after raid or before?

  • Murad
    July 20, 2014, 12:43 pm Reply

    No i didnt send and i gave the exam afta raid..

  • Waseem
    July 21, 2014, 3:02 am Reply

    Hi,
    I dropped my visa on February 28 2014,I given toeic exam as my English test .but they suspended toeic on april5 2014, but I didn’t get my visa still now ,what can I do now .shall I withdraw form from ukvi ?when I withdraw the application and then shall I come to uk in futhur?

    • admin
      July 21, 2014, 3:00 pm Reply

      Hi

      Thanks for your comments. We understand your concern. If you withdraw the application you have to go back to home country otherwise there’s no other choice you have except wait for UKVI decision.

      Best wishes
      Admin

  • Waseem
    July 21, 2014, 3:03 am Reply

    Please give me a advice what to do now

  • ppp
    July 25, 2014, 3:08 pm Reply

    Lyn can give me a name and contact no of ur solicitor.

  • Harry
    July 27, 2014, 11:15 pm Reply

    Hi, i did toeic in dec 2011 and got my visa , then I again used same toeic for
    My recent extention in 2013 oct. Now its been expired in dec 2013. I also got masters here . So should i worry about it ??

  • Dulal
    July 30, 2014, 6:48 pm Reply

    Plz guys share ur knowledge regarding toeic

  • harry
    July 31, 2014, 1:14 am Reply

    Hi can anyone please reply ???

  • ven
    August 3, 2014, 10:48 am Reply

    Please friends I want to know what to expect because I have been invited to immigration reporting centre on issue of toeic whilst I have done ielts and submitted my result and my visa is out since last 3 month’s. So why such invitation and likely question or investigation will I face in the center, please anyone who has been should let me know as soon as possible. Thanks and God bless

  • parul
    August 3, 2014, 6:38 pm Reply

    Harry, yes dear u wil get a letter soon from ukba people that u e liable to detain.

    • ven
      August 5, 2014, 7:07 am Reply

      Hi, parul been liable to be detain what those that mean? Because I have been issued with such letter and ask to visit the immigration reporting centre, what are their likely action when I report?

      • lyn
        August 5, 2014, 11:51 am Reply

        they will detain you and remove from uk,if you have solicitor show that letter

  • Rashid
    August 5, 2014, 10:20 am Reply

    Hello guyes I have submitted tier 2 application 24th of March 2014 with toeic later they told me via letter to provide another test thn I did it and sent to them..
    After that I called homeoffice once they told me your application in progress but in 18 th July they raided my house with warrant but I was not there they didn’t leave anything to contact them.
    House owner asked them his application is pending why you doing that they replied he been refused and overstayer but my current visa will expire 30 sep 2014.
    Another thing the house owner said them they know me in 2012
    And I’m their family friend after that they don’t know where I’m living .,
    Can you help me pls

    • ali
      August 24, 2014, 6:52 pm Reply

      Hi rashid.can u give me ur num plz?im going to apply tier 2.my situation is same like u.

  • ven
    August 5, 2014, 12:11 pm Reply

    Lyn yes I have shown my solicitor the letter and he has file my appeal am now waiting for the out come, my number 07425536351 just text me I will call u back

  • shahana
    August 6, 2014, 7:44 pm Reply

    Hi lyn can u give me ur solicitor num plz… my email (snighda_snighda@yahoo.com)

  • ven
    August 7, 2014, 12:17 am Reply

    Admin please contact lyn to respond so many people help, thanks

  • ven
    August 7, 2014, 12:18 am Reply

    Admin please contact lyn to respond so many people need help, thanks

  • Sweety
    August 7, 2014, 9:04 am Reply

    Hello Rashid,
    When you’re saying raid your house does it mean they’re breaking the door to enter the house or they knocked and press the door bell.Since i have small children living in the house am really concerned as i don’t want anything like so to happen infront of them.Also anyone know how to prove that i did the test genuinely as i don’t have any proof.Just that i previously done ielts which is now expired and i had a very good result aswell as my english is excellent both verbally and written.
    Kind Regards

  • Usman Malik
    August 11, 2014, 12:15 pm Reply

    Dear Rahul,
    It is really good yo share information with you, that as you know toeic is no more acceptable in uk in your case I little worried bcoz my two close friends got visa valid till sep 2015 they received letter yesterday from home office stated straight removal direction to Pakistan. Visa have been cancel.
    Just that peoples who done byself toeic is save at this time. ETS CONFirming to home office speaking test voices..

  • raj
    August 26, 2014, 2:41 am Reply

    i submited toice result in my privious extentioan and after that i submit city and guilds result for my last extention. Should i wory about this ?

  • raj
    August 26, 2014, 2:59 am Reply

    and i got visa as wel before this happen in last january. So it wil be affect me ? Pls reply . Thanks in advance .

  • GULLPOSH
    August 26, 2014, 11:20 pm Reply

    HY. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT MY TIER 4 CASE. I APPLIED FOR MY EXTENSION IN 1ST MARCH 2013 ALONG WITH MY TOIEC TEST CERTIFICATE. I HAD THREE CERTIFICATE OF TOEIC AS I HAVE’NT ACHIEVE MARKS IN SPEAKING FIRST TIME. AND I DID REVISE IT AND SENT THEM ALL THREE CERTIFICATE. (INCLUDED REVISED SPEAKING TEST)
    HOME OFFICE JUST CONSIDERED MY THAT SPEAKING TEST CERTIFICATE WHERE I HAS NOT ACHIEVED MARKS ACCORDING TO THER REQUIREMENTS EVEN I SENT THEM ALONG MY REVISED SPEAKING TEST WHICH WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. AND THEY REFUSED MY VISA.
    I WENT TO THE FIRST TRIBUNAL WHERE IV BEEN REJECTED AGAIN. AFTER THAT I APPLIED TO UPPER TRIBUNAL AND ON
    09TH JUNE 2014 UPPER TRIBUNAL GRANTED MY APPEAL . AND I HAVE RECEIVED COURT DECISION IN 2 WEEKS AS WELL.

    AFTER WON MY APPEAL IN MEANWHILE MY TIER 4 COLLEGE HAS SUSPENDED . NOW THEY SURELY CLOSING DOWN AS I RECEIVED EMAIL FROM MY COLLEGE LAST WEEK.
    AND ITS BEEN ALMOST UP TO 3 MONTHS NOW I HAVENT HEARD ANYTHING FROM HOME OFFICE AFTER WON MY APPEAL

    WHAT HOME OFFICE WILL DO WITH MY THIS CASE IN CURRENT SITUATION

    ARE THEY STILL GONNA SEND ME A VISA OR PASSPORT BACK AS I WON MY APPEAL?

    WOULD THEY SUGGEST ME TO APPLY FOR A NEW ENGLISH TEST
    OR
    WILL THEY SEND ME A 60 DAYS LETTER AS MY COLLEGE IS CLOSING DOWN.

    I AM REALLY UPSET IN THIS SITUATION BECAUSE HOME OFFICE DO NOT CLARIFY ME ANYTHING ABOUT MY CASE, IF SO, HOW LONG HOME OFFICE WILL TAKE TO SEND ME ANYTHING, WHAT SHOULD I DO AS NO ANY SOLICITOR GIVING ME A CLEAR SOLUTION ABOUT THIS.
    WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY GUYS . THANK YOU SO MUCH

    • rahul
      February 12, 2015, 2:22 am Reply

      hi did u get any reply yet ?

  • gani
    August 30, 2014, 1:37 am Reply

    i submited thy all please help me and give me some idea pls. So my question is i got my visa in 2012 on toice and my colege revoked bt i re apply for visa in januapry 2014 but that time i have submited city and guilds result and i got visa as wel. So my current visa on city n guilds base. Is that any problem ? Coz im thinking that they got all record with them so they can chek any time even airport as well. And i m thinking to do a phd study in uk but stuck now. And toice exam i done my self but when they caught u they not giving you a appeal right or else. am i safe or not ? Pls give me your ideas pls. Thanks

  • Rajji
    September 9, 2014, 11:08 pm Reply

    Hi ,can somebody guide me,One of my friend had Tier 1 visa,since 18 months,valid for next 18 months,he went out on holidays,and while coming back,was detained at Gatwick,due to toeic,and visa cancelled,was released,and given right to appeal,but appeal can take more than a year,can a good solicitor can help,do somebody know a good solicitor.

  • harry
    September 15, 2014, 2:23 am Reply

    Hi rajji , did they checked his voice ? For how much yime they detained.him and And how he been released by them .

    • Rajji
      September 15, 2014, 9:57 pm Reply

      Yes they said,the voice they got is for more than 50 students,they released as the solicitor in three hours time started defend,but they did not noticed about huge investment he did on this tier 1,it was more than 600000.00 involved,but they cancelled visa,how is he going to send payment to suppliers if he cant work.
      He cant work,he cant sell,he cant earn money for his bread,so how this huge amount to be sent.
      Need a good advice,so that defend .

  • Karamjit
    September 22, 2014, 8:44 pm Reply

    Hi I got detention letter from ukba and ask to report london office.is there any help or solicitor number which can be helpful because I have only three days

  • Rohit jaryal
    September 28, 2014, 4:25 pm Reply

    Hi I m Rohit jaryal I have done the city and guild exam but befor I used TOIEC and when I got the admission in collage but my collage admin made problem for me . he has withdraw the cas he said u used TOIEC before so I want to know what I can do pls let me know as soon as possible bcoz I m in under stress .i have already paid the fees so let me know what I can do thery r giving me refund pls tel me thanx
    Regarding
    Rohit jaryal

  • Rana
    September 28, 2014, 6:55 pm Reply

    Hi
    I was detained in the airport for 4 hours while returning with lots of questions. They released me but kept my visa & passport, they asked me to come back for further interview 2 days later. I have toiec but never used it anywhere. I used IELTS for my visa application & admission. Any suggestion will be highly appreciated.

    • shan
      November 14, 2014, 8:45 pm Reply

      dear i m going through same.. can u please contact me at my email id zeshangul2002@yahoo.com

    • Ahmed
      December 8, 2014, 9:20 pm Reply

      Hi Rana Hope you are well. Just wondering what happened after that is there any news? Because I have same problem as well I did have toeic but never used before any purpose in the UK also expired that certificate. I do have IELTS certificate. If you have any suggestions in this regard please let me know that would be highly appreciated . Thanks

    • uk
      April 25, 2015, 10:58 pm Reply

      Hello,
      I want to know what happened, next?

  • Abhi
    November 10, 2014, 9:31 pm Reply

    I am afraid but I m telling the truth there is not any chances to get the visa whoever used the toiec to get the visa only u can make pending for few months using ur solicitor but soon or later they will come to catch u so its better to go home rather than wasting ur time try to do something on ur own country and live with respect

  • Rajji
    November 25, 2014, 8:57 pm Reply

    If you have given toeic yourself,before any suspension,then you are safe,message for shan,and Abhi.
    Rajji

  • yos
    December 13, 2014, 10:48 am Reply

    I am currently on detention from last 3 weeks of this bullshit toiec exam.They are not looking who is done it genuine or not.Toiec is treated as a criminal case

    • Rajji
      February 19, 2015, 8:27 pm Reply

      Hi,
      Please find a good sols,if you are genuine,they will have to listen,they will have to release,after giving right to appeal,then you defend there.
      All the best,and good luck
      Rajji

  • m ali
    December 29, 2014, 11:30 pm Reply

    *9+i got a visa tier 1 from out of uk but I use a toeic test before this visa in uk . What is my position .

  • Muhammad Ali
    February 26, 2015, 9:14 am Reply

    I was detained for one month in November 2014 now on temporary release waiting for JR response
    any one have update please share
    thanks

  • King
    March 23, 2015, 6:15 pm Reply

    How long take jr can you get 5 month ?

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