Travellers from certain African and Asian countries could be charged a £3000 deposit fee to enter the UK if a government scheme is approved.
The plan is to charge visitors from Ghana, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka a £3000 bond to enter the UK which will be given back if the travellers return to their country without violating their visa. And those who do violate the terms of their visa will obviously lose their money.
The scheme, proposed by Home Secretary Theresa May, is said to aim to reduce the amount of people who overstay their visitor visas and bring migration numbers down by the next election. Theresa said of the scheme:
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 are interested in a system of bonds that deters overstaying and recovers costs if a foreign national has used our public services
It is suggested that these specific countries have been targeted because they are “high risk” and the amount of people overstaying the visitor visas from these places is higher than average. The Home Office have released a ‘comforting’ statement suggesting that most people will get away with not paying the fee as it’ll only affect those deemed to present a “risk” of overstaying.
A trial period of the scheme will begin in November.