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| 17 December, 2017

Indian woman rejected UK visa for being 'over qualified'

Rintoul had passed an advanced version of the IELTS, but the visa requirement is for a much easier exam.

Image used for illustrative purposes. Visa form close up, fountain pen and denied stamped on a document. Soft focus.

Image used for illustrative purposes. Visa form close up, fountain pen and denied stamped on a document. Soft focus.

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The United Kingdom visa application of an Indian woman was rejected by authorities because her English-language proficiency is much higher than what is required by the immigration department, the woman claimed in a Facebook post.

Alexandria Rintoul, who is originally from Shillong, Meghalaya, passed an advanced version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), but the visa requirement is for a much easier exam.

"Some applicants need to pass an English language test at an approved centre that is specified in the immigration rules to get visas to settle in the UK," a Home Office spokeswoman was told the BBC, according to Hindustan Times.

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"Rintoul failed to do this and also failed to submit the necessary supporting evidence for her application. It is open to her to reapply under the Priority Visa Service," the spokeswoman said.

Her application was denied on these grounds and she was asked to pass requisite English exam.

"As evidence of this, you have provided your IELTS certificate. However, it is noted that this certificate is not an IELTS certificate acceptable for UKV," said the rejection letter sent by the immigration department.

In her post, Rintoul said the immigration department also shared their doubts over her English as she was coming from a country which is not listed in the majority English-speaking countries.

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