Plans for a £3,000 “security bond” for some “high risk” overseas visitors to the UK are to be abandoned, the Home Office has confirmed. The visa bond scheme was announced by Home Secretary Theresa May in June and was set to be introduced this month.
The aim of the scheme was to reduce the number of people from some “high risk” countries – including India, Pakistan, and Nigeria – staying in the UK once their short-term visas had expired. Visitors would have paid a £3,000 cash bond before arrival in the UK – forfeited if they failed to make the return trip.
Shafana Mudasar, Partner and Head of Immigration at Prolegis previously commented that this scheme appeared to be inherently discriminatory and the level of the bond which was to be introduced for visitors was high.