Pregnant Indian Woman Denied UK Visa Because Her ‘English is Too Good’

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Pregnant Indian Woman Denied UK Visa Because Her ‘English is Too Good’

You may have heard various reasons for being denied a visa to a foreign country. But apparently, an Indian woman has been denied a UK visa because her English-language proficiency is much higher than what is required by the immigration department. Yes, you heard that right.

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Alexandria Rintoul wanted to be reunited with her husband, Bobby Rintoul who works in the oil and gas industry in Scotland, but her wish remained unfulfilled after her visa application was rejected by the UK authorities simply because her English is ‘too good’ for the United Kingdom. The lady was pregnant with their first child.

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The 22-yr old musician who also has an English Degree was supposed to join her husband, Bobby in their new house in St Andrews, Fife. She passed an advanced version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), but the visa requirement is for a much easier exam.

“Some applicants for visas to settle in the UK need to pass an English language test at an approved centre that is specified in the immigration rules,” a Home Office spokeswoman said.

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Her 33-yr old husband said, “We were told the visa process is difficult so we should hire an immigration lawyer to help us, which we did. They told Alexandria to do the higher test and we submitted all the evidence requested of us.”

Alexandria, who is originally from Shillong, Meghalaya shared her ordeal in a Facebook post:

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Her husband, Bobby Rintoul is more worried about her wife as being pregnant, she has to suffer all this. He says, “We were ready to start our life together here. It would be our first Christmas in our new house and her first in Scotland. It was her dream and it’s been taken away over such a trivial issue.”

The immigration department has asked her to apply again for the visa which will again cost her a $2,700.

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North East Fife MP, Stephen Gethins is trying to help the couple. He says, “This is a very difficult time for Mr Rintoul and his family and I have made repeated calls to the UK Visa and Immigration service but, like many of my colleagues, am frustrated by the lack of communication by that department and the impact this has on constituents who are rightly worried about their loved ones.”

Published by Shruti Kumari on 20 Feb 2018