UK mulls visa bonds for 'high risk' Indian, Pakistani immigrants
Islamabad: Britain is set to force visitors from India, Pakistan and other countries whose nationals are deemed to pose a 'high risk' of immigration abuse to give a cash bond before entering the country.
The Sunday Times newspaper said from November, a pilot scheme would target visitors from those three countries plus Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ghana and Nigeria.
Visitors aged 18 and over would be forced to submit 3,000 pounds from November for a six-month visit visa.
According to the Daily Times, the visitors will forfeit the money if they overstay in Britain after their visa has expired.
The move by Home Secretary Theresa May is made to show that Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party is serious about cutting immigration and abuses of the system, the report said.
A Home Office official said the six countries highlighted were those with the most significant risk of abuse.