According to a report by UK Daily Mail, visitors from 'high risk' countries in Africa and Asia will have to put up a £3,000 cash bond to enter Britain.
The money will be kept by the Government if visitors do not return home by the time their visas expire.
pilot scheme, introduced by Home Secretary Theresa May, will target
hundreds of people coming to Britain on six-month visit visas from
India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The countries have been picked for
their high number of visa applications and what the Government sees as
relatively high levels of immigration abuse and fraud, reports the
bonds, to be introduced from November, will only apply to non-EU
migrants, otherwise they would fall foul of European rights to free
'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,' Mrs May told the Sunday Times.
the long run we’re interested in a system of bonds that deters
overstaying and recovers costs if a foreign national has used our public
A second scheme
will cover countries such as Kenya, the newspaper reports, which are
considered to be lower-risk because immigration officials have fewer
doubts about migrants' plans to return home.
2.2million people are granted visas to enter Britain every year. Last
year 296,000 people from India were granted six-month visas, as were
101,000 from Nigeria, 53,000 from Pakistan and 14,000 apiece from
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The Home Secretary plans to reduce annual net migration to under 100,000 by 2015