Britain names Pearson as provider for English visa test

Published On: December 16, 2019 08:30 PM NPT By: Reuters

LONDON, Dec 16: Britain handed a contract to provide English tests for UK visa applicants to education company Pearson, in one of the first announcements to be made since the election of a new government four days ago.

Britain follows Australia in using Pearson to carry out English testing for people who need to demonstrate their language skills to obtain a visa to live or work in the country.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a commanding majority in a general election on Friday, with a promise to deliver Brexit as well as reduce immigration by using an “Australian-style” points-based immigration system.

Pearson, a publisher of textbooks and provider of online educational tools and tests, said on Monday it won a contract with the UK Home Office to provide English language tests in digital format for at least three years beginning in 2020.

The deal covers those needing to prove their language skills for work and some study visas, known as academic tests, as well as those making family, settlement and citizenship visa applications.

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