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Setback for visitors as UK plans hefty visa bond

British govt is planning to pilot a scheme targeted at visitors from at least six countries.

Visitors from India deemed high-risk will be forced to pay a hefty cash bond before they can enter the UK.

The Sunday Times has reported that the British government is planning to pilot a scheme from November targeted at visitors from at least six countries,also including Bangladesh,Sri Lanka and Ghana.

Tourists aged 18 and over would be forced to hand over 3,000 pounds for a six-month visit visa,which they will forfeit if they overstay in Britain.

Initially the scheme will target hundreds of visitors,but the plan is to extend it to several thousand,according to the front-page report in the newspaper.

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It claims that the move by UK Home Secretary Theresa May is designed to show that Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party is serious about cutting immigration and abuses of the system and counter by-election gains by the populist anti-immigration party – United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).Cameron’s election pledge was to cut annual net migration below 100,000 by 2015.

(With PTI inputs)

First published on: 26-06-2013 at 10:50:17 am
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