The UK Visa bond scheme, which would force visitors from ‘high risk’ countries to pay a £3,000 security bond when entering the UK, has been dropped.
This new proposed scheme was due to be piloted this month as a way of deterring visitors from overstaying there UK visa. The scheme, which is now understood to have been scrapped, would have meant visitors from countries considered ‘high risk’ would have had to pay a £3,000 deposit for a 6 month visit visa. This highly opposed scheme would have included visitors from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana.
Indian Business leaders earlier in the Year stated that they considered the scheme “Highly Discriminatory” and Deputy UK Prime Minister Nick Clegg stated that he would block the plans if the scheme was applied in an “Indiscriminate way.”
Nick Clegg also stated: ”I am absolutely not interested in a bond which becomes an indiscriminate way of stopping people who want to come to this country, and in many respects bring great prosperity and benefits to this country, of course not.”
It is claimed that the UK Visa bond has now been dropped due to lack of support from the Liberal Democrats, as well as a number of other governmental departments.
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