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Britain considers dramatic visa fee hike; could hit India

The UK plans to significantly increase visa fees to plug a 50 million pound gap in its budget, a move that can hit Prime Minister David Cameron's efforts to boost student and business visits from countries like India.

UK scraps contentious visa bond plan ahead of Cameron's visit

"The government has been considering whether we pilot a bond scheme that would deter people from overstaying their visa. We have decided not to proceed," a government spokesman said Monday.

UK visa bond: Britain to scrap proposed scheme

The controversial 3,000-pound "security bond" for some "high-risk" foreign visitors to the UK, including those from India, is to be scrapped, the Home Office has confirmed.

Raise UK visa bond issue with Prince Charles: Assocham to Govt

Industry body Assocham has said it wants the controversial 3,000 pounds visa bond scheme for Indians visiting the UK to be abandoned and that the government should raise the issue with Prince Charles during his visit to India next month.

UK Cabinet split over visa bonds for Indians

The divisions within Britain's Conservative-led coalition government have been exposed over the controversial plans to impose 3,000-pound visa bonds on visitors from countries like India.

UK visa bond: Legitimate travellers need not worry

Noting that Britain's new controversial 3,000 pounds VISA bond scheme is proposed for visitors from certain "high risk" countries, including India, a senior British diplomat on Wednesday said legitimate travellers need not worry.

UK visa bond: Britain yet to finalise controversial scheme

The UK Home Office has proposed a pilot scheme to tackle visa dodgers by issuing the hefty refundable financial bonds to "tightly targeted" tourists.

UK visa bond: Britain asks whether India in loop

A high-powered British parliamentary committee has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking if he was consulted over a controversial plan to introduce a hefty 3,000 pounds cash bond for 'high-risk' visitors from India.

UK visa bond: Categorising India as high-risk nation would be an affront

India has said it would take as an "affront" if the UK categorises it among six high-risk nations under a proposed visa scheme that would require certain visitors to pay a hefty financial bond of 3000 pounds.

UK visa bond: No final decision taken yet, says Britain

The UK on Wednesday said no final decision has been taken on the new cash bond of Rs 2.75 lakh for obtaining British visa, which they intend to run as a pilot scheme, a day after India voiced its strong protests over the proposed move.

'UK visa bond proposal not considered by British govt'

India Tuesday said it has been conveyed by the UK that the proposal to collect hefty visa cash bonds from Indians has not been considered by the British government.

"Unfair and discriminatory" visa bond angers UK Indians

The UK Home Office has announced the pilot scheme for the six high-risk Afro-Asian countries to run for 12 months from November.

UK's new visa bond scheme comes under attack

Senior politicians across party lines and Indian industry Monday called "unfair and discriminatory" the UK government's plans to introduce a controversial new visa bond scheme that would force visitors from countries posing "high risk" to pay 3,000 pounds for a six-month visa.

India among 'high-risk' nations facing hefty visa fee to UK

According to a 'Sunday Times' report, the British government is planning to pilot a scheme from November targeted at visitors from at least six countries, also including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ghana.