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ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY VISA RULES FOR SIKH PRIESTS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 464: tabled on 11 January 2005

Tabled in the 2004-05 session.

This motion has been signed by 28 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern the implications for Sikh gurdwaras of the Home Office's new immigration rules, effective from 31st August 2004, requiring Sikh priests applying to enter the UK on temporary visas to work as priests to demonstrate proficiency in the English language to Level 4 and, in due course, to Level 6; further notes the irony that before those rule changes a Sikh priest was on occasion initially refused such a visa because of his fluency in English; believes that it is not clear what business it is of the Government to be concerned with what language is spoken in a gurdwara; and therefore calls upon the Home Office to review immediately the new immigration rules with a view to removing unwarranted English language requirements.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.