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Care home employers asked to check English certification of migrant workers

A potential fraud risk has been highlighted following the identification of fraudulently acquired International English Language Testing (IELTS) certificates presented by a small number of internationally trained healthcare professionals.

All Health & Care visa holders are required to meet CEFR Level B1 (equivalent to IELTS 4.0) English proficiency. In light of the potential for fraud, employers are asked to check stated English proficiencies with the IELTS verification service.

Employers should not rely solely on checks undertaken by third parties such as recruitment
agencies.

Any instances of fraudulent activity should be reported to the relevant regulatory body, eg NMC.

Further information on identifying fraudulent pre-employment documentation is available from NHS Employers.

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