Indians, Pakistanis and Nigerians in Uproar over Plans to Introduce Visa Bond

An uproar has ensued in the nations of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ghana, and Nigeria after the British government said it was considering a scheme to make visitors pay a £3000 ($4,625) bond upon entering the UK on a tourist visa—which will be forfeit to the state if they overstay or otherwise breach the visa rules.

The plan is to deter what have been labeled as “high risk” Asian and African “short-term visitors aged 18 and over from overstaying in Britain.”

The Home Office wants to pilot the scheme for six-month visitor visas and will extend it to student and work visas if it proves successful. Those who overstay their visa and fail to return home will forfeit the money.

Indians all over Britain have protested against the policy and called it “unfair” and “discriminatory.”

The Confederation of the Indian Industry issued a statement on Monday evening that said, “The changes are not only discriminatory; they are also against the ‘special relationship’ publicised by the UK government.”

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In Nigeria, senior politicians described the scheme as discriminatory and unacceptable. “It is targeted at the nonwhite Commonwealth,” said Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, chair of a Nigerian parliamentary foreign affairs committee.

All of the named nations have also indicated that they would consider reciprocal action against British visitors.

A 2009 study by the London School of Economics said there around 863,000 illegal immigrants, or overstayers, in the UK as of December 2007. This included failed asylum seekers and tourist visa overstayers. Some have been in the UK long enough to have had children there, the report continued.

This figure is likely to have been an underestimate, and by 2013, five years later, is also likely to have increased substantially.

The proposal has already run into difficulty from the Conservative Party’s junior coalition partners, the far leftist Liberal Democratic Party. That group’s leader, Nick Clegg, who is also Britain’s deputy Prime Minister, has refused to agree to the scheme and the plan has not yet been made into law, despite the announcement over the past weekend.


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9 Comments

  1. The British government should by all means penalize these illegal overstayers, and I think this scheme is a good way to do it. Lawbreakers should not be treated lightly – and money talks. But of course, those Asian and African nations from which the illegal overstayers originate are bound to protest, pointing out that doing anything that might impede or inhibit non-whites in any way is just not very nice. (Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that the illegal overstayers are from Asian and African nations…?)
    I wish that this scheme might actually be implemented, but the present reality obviously dictates that it simply won’t be allowed. Too bad for the British peoples…

  2. Quote:”The named nations have also indicated that they would consider reciprocal action against British visitors.”
    The Indian Government have already started, visa fees increased to £100+. And don’t ever think of applying for a visa extension or a residence visa; there is no such thing. As a foreigner you are severely restricted even in your daily life during your stay. A simple thing like wanting to buy a PAYG sim card involves reams of papers & photographs.

  3. Hmmmm, it must surely be obvious that a “dumd-down” society will be much easier to control. A large part of this “dumb-down” society will invariably be dependent on the State to be taken care of, so, either you shut up, or your benefits will be cut. No wonder our criminal politicians are so politically correct.

  4. This is a great idea. I have heard of 100 or so members of an Indian or Pakistani family turning up in England to attend a wedding and none of them returning to their country. It is about time our government took a firm stance against all this. And I hope they do not take any notice about the chorus of dissent from our Asian friends. Soon there will be no white faces in England

  5. I certainly will not worry about trying to get a Visa to visit India – I have no wish to visit any of those countries I can see enough of them in Handsworth. Birmingham and Forest Gate, London.

  6. This is actually a brilliant idea, but the visa bond fees should be doubled. The US should consider like laws. As far as reciprocal rule… Really? I forget how many native Europeans dream of vacationing in the Central Asia Disneylands of Karachi, Dakka and Calcutta. Boo hoo.

  7. Am I missing something here? Australia and even the US already have such schemes in place. They target nationals from basically all countries for which a visa is required to enter these countries and which have a high rate of overstayers. A bond is required if sponsoring these nationals to ensure they return at the end of their stay (though the bond doesn’t apply in all cases, depends on the visa class, length of stay and whether the applicant can support themselves or not). In the latter case, a bond would definitely be required. Why the outrage on the part of Indians, Nigerians etc. ?

    And the laughable knee-jerk response to impose the same rules on British visitors to Nigeria, for example. Like any British tourist would go there anyway, it’s too dangerous and has almost no tourist attractions, who would go there apart from oil and gas workers? Ditto for Pakistan, which has almost no tourists and is very dangerous. India on the other hand is quite popular with western tourists and I doubt the Indian government would seriously do anything like this that would damage their vital tourism industry.

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