Britain will introduce cash bonds for visitors that come from “high risk” countries


Britain plans to introduce cash bonds for visitors that come from some countries that are considered “high risk” by the British Government. This means that Britain will require the so-called cash bond from all immigrants that it considers high-risk so that they can enter the country after they receive their UK visa. According to a Sunday Times newspaper the pilot cash bond scheme will target people from Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ghana.

The new rules will require all visitors, who are at least 18 years old to hand around 3000 pounds for a six-month British visa. They will forfeit the money if they overstay in Britain after their visa has expired. According to the broadsheet’s front-page report in its initial phase, the new rules will target hundreds of thousands of visitors, but eventually, the government plans to include thousand of potential immigrants in it.

The weekly paper writes that the new rules are a move by the United Kingdom Home Secretary Theresa May. They intend to show to the public that Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party is taking seriously its task to reduce net immigration from several hundreds of thousands per year to tens of thousands per year. The new populist UK Independence Party has been stealing from the Conservatives vote in the recent months.

A Home Office official said the six countries highlighted were those with “the most significant risk of abuse”.

Last year 296,000 people granted six-month visas were from India, 101,000 from Nigeria, 53,000 from Pakistan and 14,000 each were from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

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