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Migrants 'offered language certificates for £500'

Language certificates that offer a gateway to British citizenship are being sold illegally for £500, according to an investigation by the Daily Mail.

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Home Office vows action over migrant fraud fears

Home Office minister James Brokenshire told the Daily Mail the government will take the "strongest possible action" against anyone found to be abusing the rules after a language school allegedly offered to fraudulently sell certificates to migrants.

The Home Office takes any allegation of fraud extremely seriously and we have already begun a full investigation. We will take the strongest possible action against anyone who is found to have abused the rules - including the possibility of criminal prosecutions for fraud.

This ESOL certificate is just one element of a wide range of evidence required by individuals applying for settlement and citizenship. Nobody can gain a UK visa on the strength of this qualification alone.

– James Brokenshire, Home Office Minister

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