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UK Government decides not to proceed with visa bond scheme

The British Government has now decided not to proceed with the option of a financial bond.

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James Bevan

The UK government remains committed to tackling immigration abuse and has been looking at a range of options. One of those options was a financial bond. The British Government has now decided not to proceed with the option of a financial bond. A spokesperson for the British Home Office said on 3 November:

“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.”

Speaking in New Delhi, British High Commissioner to India, Sir James Bevan said:

“The UK wants the brightest and the best to help create the jobs and growth that will enable Britain to compete in the global race. So, for example, if you are an overseas businessperson seeking to invest and trade with world class businesses, one of the thousands of legitimate students keen to study at our first-class universities or a tourist visiting our world class attractions, be in no doubt: Britain is open for business.”

Marcus Winsley, Director,
Press and Communications
British High Commission,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Tel: 44192100; Fax: 24192411

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Published 4 November 2013