Britain is planning to force visitors from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and other countries whose nationals are deemed to pose a “high risk” of immigration abuse to provide a cash bond before they can enter the country, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Sunday. The report noted that from November, a pilot scheme would target visitors from the three countries plus Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Ghana. Visitors aged 18 and above would be forced to hand over £3,000 ($4,600, 3,500 euros) from November for a six-month visit visa. They would forfeit the money if they overstay in Britain after their visa has expired.
Initially, the scheme would target hundreds of visitors, but the plan was to extend it to several thousands. According to the report, the move by Home Secretary, Theresa May, is designed to show that Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party was serious about cutting immigration and abuses of the system.