Two conmen, Rong Yang and Steven Lee were found sitting in their vehicle outside a test centre in Wimbledon, have been heavily fined after being convicted of using high-tech spy equipment to transmit answers to applicants writing the Life in the UK Test in 2008.
The Kingston Crown Court found Rong Yang and Steven Lee guilty, advising that fines of up £100,000 may be payable, with an alternative of up to 18 months in jail. Those who pass the ‘Life in the UK Test’ can apply for a UK passport. As a result desperate applicants had been willing to shell out thousands of pounds to increase their chances of success.
convicted of using high-tech spy equipment to transmit answers to applicants writing the Life in the UK Test in 2008
However, those keen to do well don’t need to resort to illegal means according to experts. International immigration group, 1st Contact has created a simulated ‘Life in the UK’ test, comprising a computer based exam for those wishing to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or for naturalisation as a British Citizen.
As a free simulated program, applicants can undertake it as many times as they see fit in order to obtain a “real life” feel for what to expect in the official test.
“We have presented the test in a similar format to the official test you will take,” says 1st Contact’s Visas manager Robyn Cory. “Whilst the questions you’ll answer are not the actual questions in the test they will give you a feel for whether or not you are ready to take the test.”