From November, a pilot scheme will target visitors from “high risk” countries including Nigeria, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, who will have to pay the UK government £3,000 cash bond before they can enter Britain.
The money, it was said will only be released to the immigrants when they leave the country but they will forfeit it if they overstay their welcome in Britain. This is being done in order to guide against abuse of the visa system.
Home Secretary Theresa May said the intention was to make the immigration system more “selective” and deter people from ‘overstaying’ once their visitor visa has expired. In the long-term, she hopes to extend the Australian-style bond scheme to also include foreign workers and students.
The controversial move by the home secretary to introduce the Australian-style system reflects her determination to show that the Tories (officially the Conservative & Unionist Party are colloquially referred to as the Tory Party or the Tories) are serious about cutting immigration and curbing abuses.
The party faces a growing threat from UKIP (UK Independence Party), which is looking to exploit public fears about the impact of migrants on jobs and public spending in the run-up to the next.
The idea will be welcomed by backbench Tory MPs, who have been urging the government to take a tougher line on immigration to combat the threat of UKIP.
However, before this idea is fully birthed, it is likely to face legal challenges on the grounds that – because it targets only people from so-called “high risk” countries – it is discriminatory.
The countries affected by the scheme which will take effect in November as earlier mentioned include people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana. They are being targeted because of the high volume of visitor visa applications and relatively high levels of abuse.
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