Nigerians, Other African Nationals, Asians, To Pay £3,000 Deposit To Enter Britain
SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, (THEWILL) – Britain has moved to crackdown on immigration abuse with the introduction of a pilot scheme aimed at stopping foreigners from “high risk” African countries and Asia from overstaying their visas and staying permanently in the United Kingdom.
The first phase of the pilot scheme, which takes effect from November, this year, will mandate nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India amongst others, to pay £3,000 in cash bond before they are allowed into the United Kingdom.
A report in The Sunday Times of London, said visitors from these countries would be charged the security deposit that would be forfeited when they overstay their visa.
The controversial move by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to introduce the Australian-style system reflects her determination to show that the Tories are serious about cutting immigration and curbing abuses, the paper said.
“This is the next step in making sure our immigration system is more selective, bringing down net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands, while still welcoming the brightest and the best to Britain.
“In the long run we’re interested in a system of bonds that deters overstaying and recovers costs if a foreign national has used our public services,” May said.