Language schools in Britain win students visa battle

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Language schools in Britain won a High Court battle Friday against tighter visa restrictions on students who want to study English here.

The former Labour government, which was ousted after a general election in May, brought in rules which barred students with just beginner's English from coming to Britain for English language courses.

This was part of efforts to clamp down on illegal immigration.

But language teaching association English UK brought a legal challenge against the new rules, saying it was wrong for the government to have brought them in without consulting parliament.

Judge David Foskett referred the matter back to parliament in a move welcomed by English UK.

"We believe that his decision is good for the UK economy, to which the English language sector contributes about 1.5 billion pounds (1.8 billion euros, 2.3 billion dollars) in foreign earnings each year," its chief executive Tony Milns said.

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