The British government in the second week of June 2013 planned to introduce a new scheme requiring visitors from high risk countries in Africa and Asia, including India and Pakistan, to put up a 4600 US dollars cash bond before entering Britain. The countries have been picked for their high number of visa applications and what the government views as relatively high levels of immigration abuse and fraud.
The pilot scheme will target hundreds of people coming to Britain on six-month visit visas from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. And the money will be retained by the government if visitors do not return home by the time their visas expire.
The bonds, to be introduced from November, will only apply to non-EU migrants, otherwise they would fall foul of European rights to free movement. The pilot scheme will later be extended to cover work permits and student visas.
In 2012, 296000 people from India were granted six-month visas, as were 101000 from Nigeria, 53000 from Pakistan and 14000 from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka each.