She’s Too Smart For The United Kingdom

I’ve heard of red tape before but this is ridiculous. Does the UK really want less qualified people to immigrate? A 22 year old Indian girl applies for a visa to join her husband and it gets denied on the grounds that she is “too smart” to be admitted to the country…

Here’s the story as it appears on BBC News.

They told Alexandria to do the higher test and we submitted all the evidence requested of us. However, we have now received a rejection letter on the basis she has over qualified herself with a more technical test than required. It says she should do a lower one so she can be entitled to be here and that she did the higher one unnecessarily. They say we can apply again but it costs £2,000 for each application. Home Office is just a money making outfit as they could have used some discretion and accepted the higher qualification.

The Home Office Replies…

A Home Office spokeswoman said: 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.

Mrs 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.

While they deal with her second application, Mrs Rintoul has been staying in hotels in Bangalore, which is a four-hour journey from her home in Shillong, a hill station in the north-east state of Meghalaya.

The couple met when Mr Rintoul, who works in the oil and gas industry, spent a year and a half in India. They moved to Dubai before Mr Rintoul returned home, hoping to be followed shortly by Mrs Rintoul.

It doesn’t make real sense to deny this application, unless you consider the fact the it costs 2000 British pounds to re-apply. And then of course it does make perfect sense.

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