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UK Visitor Visa Bond Scheme to be abandoned

Posted on November  06 , 2013

Plans for a £3,000 “security bond” for some “high risk” overseas visitors to the UK (including from Sri Lanka) are to be abandoned, the Home Office has confirmed. The visa bond scheme was announced by UK Home Secretary Theresa May in June and was set to be introduced this month (November 2013). The aim of the scheme was to reduce the number of people from some “high risk” countries – including India, Pakistan, Nigeria – staying in the UK once their short-term visas had expired. Visitors would have paid a £3,000 cash bond before arrival in the UK – forfeited if they failed to make the return trip. The bond idea was also suggested several times by the previous Labour government but never implemented.