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September 03, 2013

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Turkish English teacher refused UK entry over grasp of language

uk-immigrationThe Herald reports the latest of many similar stories of couples and families separated by the UK's stringent English language regulations.

The English-teacher wife of a Scottish academic has been refused entry to Britain because she could not provide proof she has a basic grasp of the language.

The decision by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has shocked the family who have written to the Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond in protest.

Dr Philip Clark, an assistant professor of pharmacy at an Istanbul university and Jilda, his Turkish wife of 22 years, and two children want to move to Scotland so he can be closer to his frail, elderly parents in Ayr.

Dr Clark, 54, who is based at the Yeditepe University Faculty of Pharmacy, wanted to return to working in the field in his home country where his wife planned to teach English to migrant children.

The family applied to have Mrs Clark cleared for entry to the UK under immigration rules that allow for "family life as a partner". But after the refusal they are likely to spend six months apart as the appeal takes place.

The UKBA made the decision after its visas and immigration section would not accept her BA and MA in English language teaching gained at the universities of Bosphorus and Istanbul and said she needed to pass an English language test at an approved centre.

Read the full story from The Herald Scotland.

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There is a happy end to this story, it seems.

Jilda Clark will finally be allowed to join her husband in Scotland after a U-turn by the UK Border Agency.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/language-row-teacher-wins-battle-over-visa.22068279

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