Britain's tied visa rules fuel abuse of live-in maids, nannies

When Susi, a single mother from the Philippines, left for a job in Qatar, she convinced herself it was a sacrifice worth making for her children at home.

In blow to PM Cameron, lawmakers criticise UK''s immigration "mess"

Britain`s border and immigration system is a "mess", lawmakers said on Wednesday in a report which will increase pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron`s government to take a tougher line on migrants ahead of next year`s national election.

Indians to benefit from new Irish-UK visa deal

India will be one of the first countries to benefit from a new joint visa scheme signed between Ireland and the UK here on Monday.

British Airways launches visa-linked offer for travellers

After Indian carriers wooed the travellers with discounted fares, it is now the turn of foreign player British Airways (BA) to launch an offer which allows customers avail a discount that equals the cost of their six-month UK visa.

Britain considers visa auctions for millionaires

Visas to settle down in Britain could be auctioned to some of the wealthiest bidders under new proposals being considered by the UK government.

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 visa: Online payment must for Indians from Dec 16

All Indians seeking British visa will have to pay the visa fees online through debit or credit cards as other mode of payments such as cash or demand draft will be discontinued from December 16.

UK to launch fast-track visa service for business leaders

Around 100 wealthy foreigners will initially be invited to join a new bespoke visa service which the Home Office said will ensure their passage through the UK border system is swift and smooth.

India happy with UK move to scrap 3,000-pound visa bond scheme

Soon after media reports on the proposed visa bond scheme came to the Government's attention earlier this year, India responded promptly by raising the matter with the UK Government.

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 minister admits deadlock over visa bond scheme

UK home secretary Theresa May, the driving force behind plans to introduce a controversial 3,000 pound visa bond for visitors from certain countries including India, has admitted the scheme remains deadlocked due to coalition doubts.

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.

Drop in number of Indians migrating to Britain

The number of immigrants arriving for study in the UK is now similar to the estimated number of people arriving for work, the ONS said.

No final decision by UK on visa bond for Indians

The UK has conveyed to India that there was no final decision on imposition of hefty 3000 pound visa bond for Indians.

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's move for 3K-pound visa bond 'retrograde measure': Sharma

Anand Sharma on Wednesday said the British move for 3,000 pound visa bond from visitors of certain countries including India, would be a "retrograde measure", a "negative step" which should not be taken.

Visa bonds issue divides UK coalition

Britain's plan to introduce a controversial scheme of demanding a whopping 3,000 pounds visa bond from visitors from certain countries, including India, has divided the country's coalition government, with a senior minister terming the move as "very disappointing".

UK visa: Britain confirms £3,000 cash bond from India

Britain's Home Office was Monday at the centre of a volley of confusing statements around the proposed 3,000 pounds visa bonds for visitors from six "high-risk" countries, including India.