Libedem forced government to scrap the Visa Bond Scheme

LONDON: Liberal Democrats forced the Government to scrap the British Visa Bond Scheme under which the government had a plans to force visitors from “high risk” countries to pay a £3,000 security bond to enter the Britain.
The Visa Bond Scheme, a brain child of Home Secretary Theresa May was due to be piloted from this month as a way of deterring temporary visitors from staying on in the UK after their visas expire.
It had been suggested that visitors from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nigeria would be required to pay the deposit for a six-month visa – but it is believed the scheme had little backing.
The bonds were dropped because they had no support from the Liberal Democrats or within a number of government departments, it was claimed.
Among the departments understood to be opposed to the plans are the Foreign Office, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Indian Business leaders have condemned the scheme as ”highly discriminatory” and Nick Clegg indicated he would block the plans if they were applied in an “indiscriminate way”.
A Government spokesman said that the Government has been considering whether we pilot a bond scheme that would deter people from overstaying the visa. We have decided not to proceed.
The scheme was part of the Government’s drive to cut net migration into the UK to the ”tens of thousands” by the time of the next general election in 2015. However, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) denounced the plan as ”highly discriminatory and very unfortunate”, warning that it could delay agreement on an EU-India trade deal.