Thursday, 27 June 2013

UK immigration to launch pilot 'security bond' scheme for 'high risk' nations


The UK's Home Secretary, Theresa May, has announced that UK immigration will launch a pilot scheme in November which will test the effectiveness of making foreigners from 'high risk countries' pay £3,000 security bonds to prevent them from overstaying their UK visitor visas.
Mrs May, said that the pilot will target citizens from six countries; India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana. The countries have been chosen because many citizens from those countries have been found to overstay their temporary UK visas and remain in the UK illegally.
Anyone coming from one of those countries on a visitor visa, will be required to pay a bond, or security payment, of £3,000. Should the applicant then fail to leave the country at the end of their visa, that sum will be forfeit.
It is not yet clear whether the security bonds will be required from those coming to the UK from these countries with other UK visas such as Tier 4 student visas or Tier 2 (General) skilled worker visas.
UK newspaper The Sun reports that Mrs May said, 'This is the next step in making sure our immigration system is more selective, bringing down net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands while still welcoming the brightest and the best to Britain'.
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